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Entry with Landscaping, Retaining Wall, Stairs and Walkway





A design of meandering geometry and textural plantings create a lively journey to the front door.

Japanese Style Entry with Cedar Screens





This entry is Japanese inspired. Cedar screens create a peaceful sense of enclosure yet leave a secure view from the street to the front door.

Asian Style Gateway to Courtyard






Cedar, copper, bronze, concrete and simple plantings create this modern Asian inspired courtyard entry design.

Asian Style Cedar Gateway








Inside the courtyard the same motif is continued but now as a private space, creating a transition zone in the landscape from the gate to the front door.

Landscape Structure - Boulders and Stairs






A design with dyed, stamped concrete and boulders assist in navigation of a steep entry.

Landscape with Stepping Stones and Bench







Basalt stepping stones cross a dry stream bed that mitigates a disconnected downspout. A restful spot awaits in this fron yard garden.

Basalt Stone Wall and Aggragate Stairs






For this English Tudor home landscape, concrete aggregate steps meander to the front door past curving basalt walls.

Basalt Risers Make a Staircase






Basalt stone risers create a meanering informal staircase through the garden.

Arbor at Entryway







An arbor gives interest to this previously uninspired front porch.

, Entry with Pavers, Cobbles, Boulders and Aggragate Steps in Asian Style


Previously an asphalt parking pad, this Modern style entry is transformed by a design with pavers, artfully placed boulders, river cobbles, aggregate steps and an Asian planting style.

Courtyard Structures- Pergola, Wall and Plantings




A new entrance courtyard, in the Arts and Crafts style, provides an up-lift for a once un-inspiring Ranch style home. After 25 years, the homeowners' were ready for a landscape change.

Patios

Patios

Backyard Entertaining Area




This small backyard provides the homeowners space to cook, dine, lounge and entertain. Maintenance is low and there is no lawn.


Backyard Pergola with Seating Area




This family was in need of a new deck and a backyard makeover. A useless muddy lawn was just wasted space.

Backyard Pergola with Seating Area


A new deck design off the kitchen offers an immediate dining space while a covered pergola provides a dry and more intimate setting down at the garden level.

Patio with Pavers and Stone Fireplace




Pavers spill out from the deck area into the back yard where a concrete and stone firepit entice guests to gather, visit and relax.



Bluestone Patio





Surrounded by dense plantings a variegated dimensional bluestone patio offers a restful place.

Arbor with Bluestone Pavers and Red Brick




Brick facing on the arbor steps reflects the high brick wall surrounding this garden and patio.


Sunken Patio with Stone Pavers



Plantings and a vegetable garden area surround this sunken courtyard garden.

Elevated Stone Patio Elevated Stone Patio Stairs with Plantings and Boulders


An elevated patio embedded with boulders is surrounded by a garden.

Wall with Applied Stonework




A wall fountain and ferns soften a new back porch created to match the extsting Tudor style home. Applied stone and antiqued bricks mimic an old masonary style used on the home's front walls.

Hillside Structures

Landscaping on Hillsides

Stone Wall Terracing with Plantings and Steps


In a sloped area that was previously wasted space, stone wall terracing retains a flagstone patio, garden and steps.

Before
Hillside before Landscaping
After
Hillside after Landscaping with Plantings and Boulders


Boulders and a variety of trees and shrubs retain what once was a weedy, muddy erosional mess. The previously hidden storm-drain is now protected by boulders and runoff is filtered by native sedge. Once the plantings fill in, erosion will cease in this landscape.


Landscaping Structures with Water

Water Features

Modern Dyed Concrete Water Feature







A Modern water feature of formed and dyed concrete, was designed for the owner's grandchildren to play in. Their rock collection covers the bottom.

Wall with Fountain and Basin





The owner’s selected this Green Man for spouting water into a cooling basin. The Green man is a symbol of rebirth, the cycle of growth being re-born each spring. The fountain back mimics the lines of the historical home’s unusual windows.

Basalt Columm Fountain or Birdbath




This front entrance fountain provides a welcoming surprise to birds and other visitors in the garden and a pleasant sound for passersby.

Basalt Fountain in a Dry Stone Pond






In a dry pond a stone fountain provides the sound of water yet is safe for children.



Fences, Walls, Gates & Decks

Composite Deck


A composite and cedar deck in a Transitional Style has several multi-purpose platforms for sitting, serving food or for potted plants.

Pergola with Rolling Gate


A pergola with rolling gates camoflage a storage container and large van from view but provide access when needed.

Screen with Glass



A glass paneled screen creates night-time color and focus in the garden.

Stepped Fence on Steep slope


At the boundary of a steeply sloping yard a stepped fence follows the contour. An open mesh of heavy wire defines the space while retaining the view of the surrounding landscape.


Contemporary Wooden Gate

A circular element in a contemporary wood gate is counterpoint to the vertical structure of the surrounding fence and as such becomes a garden focal point. Wooden Latch on Contemporary Gate

Wrought Iron Gate


A wrought iron gate is in keeping with the Spanish style wall surrounding the garden.

Spanish Style Stucco Wall




In a design of the Spanish wall note that not only do the sections have a pleasing curve but the tile surface also slopes inward to reflect the general curve of the wall around the garden.

Japanese Style Fence and Gate of Cedar




Our native cedar lends itself well to Japanese garden design elements.

Custom Gate and Fence




What was once just the side area of a house becomes a focal point with the addition of a custom fence and gate.


Donna Giguere,  APLD
          Landscape Design

              Portland, OR

                  503.777.1177

giguereld@comcast.net