The heart of Living
Earth Landscapes is our installation work!
Again, our focus is on beautiful and environmentally friendly
landscaping that makes sense for you, your family and fits
your lifestyle. Living Earth's
installation services include:
- Outdoor rooms - these are unique installations,
ranging from simple to intricate, that add to your daily
living space and can make your house feel and live much
larger. Imagine an intimate dining terrace ringed by a beautiful
low wall, or the sanctuary of a quiet seating area created
by a flagstone patio, trickling fountain and flowing ornamental
grasses. Transform a little used corner of the garden into
a whimsical tea-party hideaway found at the end of a meandering
stepping stone path and entered under a romantic rose trellis.
Whatever your dream, Living
Earth can help you realize your full living
space potential through introduction of one or more unique
- Water features - from ponds to trickling
fountains and moss gardens, water elements can bring gentle
tranquility to any garden. Living
Earth specializes in unique water feature
design, and can add anything from a shady moss garden with
trickling water to lovely ponds and streams rimmed by granite
slab or unique boulders.
- Rockwork - Use of natural stone and composite
materials in your garden can solve many practical issues
we face here in the Northwest. But rock and stone can also
create inviting spaces for entertaining, low walls for seating
and meandering paths leading to an inviting bench or quiet
fountain. Sloped spaces in your landscape can be re-claimed
for practical use by installation of retaining walls and
steps. Steeper slopes can lend themselves to lovely terraced
beds and water features created with rock walls, hanging
pools and fountains. The diversity of both natural and composite
materials available for use in landscapes is enormous. Living
Earth can draw on our extensive experience
and genuine appreciation of rock in all its forms to offer
suggestions for the best features and materials to use in
your garden. Consider a few uses and possible materials
for rockwork in your garden:
- Walls - rock and block
- Patios - flagstone & paver
- Paths - flagstone & paver
- Steps - rock & paver
- Boulders - choose unique shapes/colors
and place artistically to add distinct visual contrast
- Plantings - Living
Earth is known for diverse, imaginative
plantings. We utilize shrubs and trees with a wide array
of structure and foliage colors to create plantings with
year-round color and texture interest. Choosing the correct
plantings for a given location and condition can make all
the difference in a healthy, thriving garden or one that
just limps along. Living Earth
searches all sources for the highest quality plantings -
from unusual native groundcovers to unique specimen trees.
We guarantee all our plant installations. We utilize an
enormous diversity of plants in our work and are certain
to have just the right solution for any planting challenge.
Choose from a variety of overall planting styles or mix
and match to suit your particular style, set of outdoor
rooms and garden needs.
- Native - blend into nature with colorful,
low-maintenance native plantings.
- Shade - shady areas don't need to be difficult! Choose
wisely, and they can be rich with lush, thriving plantings.
- Edible - from strawberries to asparagus,
annual and perennial edible beds are a beautiful (and
tasty!) addition to any garden. Not to mention a favorite
with children and wonderful hands-on learning experience.
- Herbs - both visually appealing and
useful in the kitchen, herbs can be included in almost
any garden setting.
- Seasonal - seasonal plantings can change
the look and feel of your garden over the four seasons,
creating ever-changing interest with different colors
- Ornamental - from flowering fruit trees,
lilacs and jasmine vines to rare evergreens, ornamentals
are the heart of a garden. A dizzying array of ornamental
plantings thrive in the Pacific Northwest. Living
Earth can help you choose just the right
- Roses - a personal favorite and Living
Earth specialty, roses add a beauty, ambience
and fragrance hard to match. From a delicate bush rose,
to a vigorous and prolific climbing rose, almost all thrive
in our climate.
- Cottage - a whimsical combination of
plantings can lend a romantic and cozy touch to your garden
or outdoor room. Not to mention a wonderful source for
cut flowers to bring the outdoors inside.
- Container - container plantings add
seasonal interest and beauty and can be established in
almost any space - by the front door, scattered around
the terrace or patio or as companion to a quiet bench.
- Screening/Hedges - both functional
and beautiful, these plantings can add privacy and intimacy
to your garden. From formal, columnar hedges to a rich
collection of varied evergreen plantings, screens and
hedges can be the solution to many garden needs.
- Water - water features can form the
backdrop for lush and beautiful water-loving plants such
as iris and water lilies.
- Drought-resistant - you'd be surprised
what a lovely and diverse array of plantings fit in this
- Meadow - grass areas can be a lovely
and changing focal point in larger landscapes providing
movement and color - and an alternative to the high-maintenance
- Restoration - restore native areas
and enjoy the beauty and low-maintenance of a natural
northwest landscape. Does your garden border a wetland
or native area? Do you have a stream or pond in your care?
has a special interest in restoration landscaping. Many
elements of restoration landscaping can be integrated
with harmony into your existing garden.
- Fencing and decorative wood features
- including arbors and gates, can add privacy, shade and
beauty to your garden. An arbor can provide structure for
lovely climbing roses, clematis and jasmine, and filtered
sunlight for a fragrant outdoor seating area.
- Landscape lighting - perhaps few elements
can add so much to even the most lovely garden haven, as
the introduction of lights. Lights can make spaces normally
reserved only for daytime use, available for enjoyment long
after dusk. Landscape lighting, available in a wide variety
of options, adds style, ambience and mystery as well as
serving the practical purpose of providing path and step
lighting. Lighting can highlight ornamental trees and beds,
lending your garden an entirely different experience after
sunset and illuminating artful details rarely considered
in the daylight.
- Irrigation - A well-designed irrigation
system can make the difference between a vibrant, thriving
landscape and one that is just surviving. You can also save
time and money by protecting your planting investment with
an automatic irrigation system. Effective irrigation can
be as simple as mulch covered soaker hoses and drip lines
serving your container gardens. Other applications may require
automated controllers, multiple zones, pop-ups and rotary
heads. Living Earth
is an experienced irrigation expert and offers complete
irrigation system design, installation, optimization, renovation
- Drainage - turn wet areas into useful,
arable space through successful water and drainage system
management in your garden. Living
Earth can install the necessary drainage
systems (from simple gravel beds to underground French drains)
to allow for channeling of excess water away from your home
and planting beds.
- Play areas - create safe, fun spaces
for children not only as separate areas, but throughout
- Pet areas - many thoughtful solutions
are available to allow pets and your garden to exist in