Taming a Hillside in Cedar Hills

Updated: Nov 1

Location: SW Portland, Oregon Landscape Design: Alana Chau and Carol Lindsey for Landscape Design in a Day created the original design. The clients, Tula and Ashley, have been instrumental in the evolution of this garden and have added many plant gems - it is a delight to visit each year.


Check out Tula's photographs of the many blooms and textures in this garden here. And while you're there you might navigate to the home page and enjoy some of the most inspiring photos of the pacific northwest wilderness that I've ever seen.


Ashley's words perfectly describe why I love creating gardens: "It’s the happiest place on earth for us. The Daphne scent fills the air, golden hour light on all the gorgeous plants and wildlife and the sounds of bird song and new life….."



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After: Two tier deck creates outdoor entertaining while groupings of boulders keeps the character of the slope and creates an abundance of planting pockets.

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During: A beautiful multi-level deck awaiting plants

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Tree stumps and cedar chips enhance the NW Native Plant vibe going on in this side of the garden

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Camas bulbs, an important native plant in this region, are right at home in this seasonally wet area of the garden.

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Raised bed created using boulders


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Sunny side yard with scotch moss between stepping stones.

Wulfenia x schwarzii and Brunnera 'Silver Heart'

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La Belle Epoque Tulip