Ballard Neighborhood, Seattle WA

A Ballard bungalow lovingly restored by its owner deserved a fitting garden. As a master gardener, the client loves plants and hired me to create a comprehensive plan that addressed specific issues (like screening the apartment house next door and making a deep parking strip an extension of the garden). I focused on plants that would create structure with emphasis on seasonal focal points so there is always something interested popping up or coming into bloom.

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Another Dimension

GobbleWell-designed topography adds richness and dimension to a landscape. In gardens, grade changes offer opportunities for artful design and dynamic compositions. While terraces, rockeries and retaining walls are often put in place to capture views and manage functional needs (such as drainage and steep slope), they are also opportunities for mindful garden design.

With some forethought, plantings cascading over walls, graceful terraces, and bubbling streams can look completely natural. On a hillside, cozy grottos create welcoming entries or back yard escapes. Terraces that have been made to maximize views are also excellent vantage points to enjoy gardens below.

If you are building or remodeling, think about how your landscaping will integrate with the architecture of your home and other site features. Consider landscaping from the outset while making decisions about grading the site.

Bring together your engineer, garden designer, architect, and general contractor to collaborate on a holistic design. By planning ahead you will probably be surprised by all of the creative options those professionals can suggest. You’ll be able to choose the one that best suits your own vision for combining form + function in your garden.

Are you ready to remove the guesswork and increase your success rate with plantings and garden features? Contact us to learn more about garden planning, landscape design, and solutions for challenging sites.




Looking back at winter for spring planning

What is your winter garden telling you about its overall design?  Using Witch Hazel, Hellebores and other winter blooming plants bring color and depth while the bare deciduous plantings and wetter weather expose the core of your landscape plan for you to scrutinize.  Use this time to assess how your landscape design is working. How did it look during the winter months? Are there things that did not work the way you hoped or features that you would add? The final weeks of winter are the best time to incorporate any lessons learned from this winter into a landscape plan. Things to take note of include:


  • Screening and privacy: Did you have the coverage you wanted when deciduous trees loose their leaves?
  • Circulation: Are pathways and patios in the best location? Is it easy to walk the entire garden and keep your feet dry?
  • Structure: Are garden focal points and plant groupings positioned for views from inside the house too?
  • Winter color: Do perennial borders need something additional for dormant season interest? Would evergreen color and texture add depth?
  • Outdoor living: Did you have sufficient covered space for being outside on wetter or colder days?

You don’t need to wait for spring to start thinking about your seasonal transition or about your longer range plans for your garden.


Landscape Design. Serving Greater Seattle including Bellevue, Redmond, Renton, Kenmore, Bothell, Woodinville, south King County, Shoreline, Kenmore, Bothell, Woodinville, Lake Forest Park and south Snohomish County.


Mercer Island, WA

Curb appeal. Native plants and ornamentals, pop under a canopy of mature Douglas Fir.