Portland Piedmont Yard

Creating a drought-tolerant, easy-care landscape

The plantings from previous homeowners were sparse and not suited to this very hot front yard. The front yard turf was totally eliminated and replaced with a gravel mulch appropriate for the new plantings. A zig-zag gravel path was created to provide easy access to the side gate, as well as visual interest. A staggered-rock, low retention wall was constructed along the sidewalk and the planting pockets were filled with various, textural succulents. The shrubs, crape myrtle and ornamental grasses were all selected for ease of maintenance, drought tolerance and year-round interest. Costs were kept lower by using smaller plant material. Once established, the water needs of this landscape will be minimal.

This project was installed by the Joy Creek Landscape team of Scappoose.