Welcome to Alana Chau Landscape Design



Let's work together to turn your mangled mud pit, overgrown jungle, or boring blank slate into to a yard that you actually want to be in. There are so many ways to improve your outdoor living area- as simple as adding just the right plants in just the right places or as complex as a complete overhaul. This is not a one-size-fits-all type design company, I like to tailor my services to exactly how much you need. No more, no less. 

Also, check out my blog post for work that I do in collaboration with Carol Lindsay of Landscape Design in a Day. After 20+ years doing this, she has an amazing vault of information on her website and has a fun collaborative approach to the Design process. I'm so proud to continue to be one of her designers. 



Garden Consulting


A consult is a chance for you to get any information you want about your landscape. This can include:

- High-level design advice such as plant recommendations and location of features.

- Plant Identification

- Maintenance recommendations such as timing and how to prune.

Consulting is $75/hr with a $195 minimum.

Quick Design

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A quick landscape design includes an initial visit, one design concept, and a quick turn around time with all materials emailed to you within a week. This is ideal for smaller spaces or spaces where the structure (path, patio) is not changing. One client described this as a "Paint-by-numbers" for your garden and I love that analogy.

Please contact me to discuss your space and I can give you a quote. 

Full Design

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A full landscape design includes an initial visit, three design concepts, several revisions and a final visit to present the plan. The final visit includes on-site walk through and pictures of major elements of the design.  

Please contact me to discuss your space and I can give you a quote. 


Recent Projects

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The All-in-one Front Yard

This client requested edible beds, lawn for kids to play, and super fun plants. Plus cost-friendly to boot.  It was a treat to put all of these requests together like a jigsaw puzzle. I reused many materials and plants that were already existing and took advantage of the mature evergreens so they felt like an asset instead of a burden. 

This is an example of a "Quick Design".

Restoring the Privacy

These homeowners had to take down a massive Sequoia, which left a huge hole and a lot of eye contact with neighbors! Part of the decision making and discussion was based around what plants they could get large (and affordable) so it wouldn't take 10 years to fill in. We went with a beautiful evergreen Magnolia - the early Spring blooms just an added bonus. The shed location was not negotiable so we went with arborvitae and a fantastic Camellia to hide the shed (and neighbors yards) year-round. The client is fantastic with pots, so I was sure to add them in areas that can be enjoyed from the patio. 

This is an example of a "Quick Design". 

The Overlook

For this project, two adirondack chairs look out over an acre of steeply sloped natural area. The retaining wall and sit spot were already done and the client wanted a planting plan for year-round interest. Daphne starts the show in late winter with fragrance and bloom, followed by the native Ribes and on to Rhododendron. Summer is ushered in with two types of Hydrangeas, which also provide brilliant fall color. Winter is lit up by the Red Twig Dogwoods and the structure of some dwarf conifers. This garden is very low maintenance once established. 

This is an example of a "Quick Design".

The Low Water Front Yard

These homeowners wanted to turn their blank slate into a low-water, low-maintenance front yard. They also wanted to support the bees and use some natives. They are super star DIYers and installed it themselves, including water-friendly drip irrigation system and seeded the lawn with a species that is more drought-tolerant. After discussing a few options, the focal point tree they went with is the Fringe Tree (Chionanthus virginicus), a fantastic native. 

This is an example of a "Quick Design"


"Working with Alana was awesome!  We wanted to have a drought-tolerant yard design, and also incorporate native plants into the yard.  It was also important for us to support the bees and hummingbirds with our plant choices.  Alana helped us by creating a yard design that had all of the pieces we were looking for.  She supported us through the whole process as we relandscaped the yard.  She was available to answer any questions or help us when we needed advice.  We are beyond thrilled with our new yard!"

Kristin in Cedar Hills

"Thank you so much for coming and creating such a beautiful design for our patio. I so enjoyed meeting you and working together to get all of the details just right. I appreciate your process and your vision. You pulled everything together so quickly~ I learned a lot and was glad to be done with all of my plant doubt and indecisiveness after you entered the scene. The garden will now look so beautiful!!"

Michele in Lake Oswego


About Me

I am a plant lover first and foremost. I am always on the lookout for interesting small trees, drought-tolerant natives, lush groundcovers, and a comfy spot to enjoy the view.  

I have two kids and perhaps my proudest moments are when I overhear them telling their friends about Doug Fir cones. :)

I spent most of my 20's working for a big corporation - on the road and in hotels during the week.  For me this created a deep and passionate need for my home (and more specifically, my garden) to be my retreat. I want to create that for other people, too. 


Contact Me

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