Gardening in the Pacific Northwest is full of challenges and opportunities. With plenty of rain and rich soil, gardeners in Washington and Oregon can grow lush plants without a struggle. However, they must also contend with a shortage of sunny days. Check out the gardens below to see excellent examples of what is possible in Seattle, Portland and beyond.


Small Garden, Tropical Garden, Patio
7 Elegant Watering Essentials
Lillyvilla Gardens
Portland, ORA Tropical Makeover for a Small GardenAn overgrown garden in Portland is simplified and tidied, resulting in a comfortable and calm retreat.
Small Garden, Vietnamese Urn
Minor Miracles: Jewel Box
Mosaic Gardens
Eugene, ORSimplicity & Structure Rule in This Small GardenA tiny, narrow lot in Eugene, Oregon becomes a pocket-size garden full of treasures.
Outdoor Living Room, Retaining Walls
Garden Design
Calimesa, CAGoing Beyond the Straight and NarrowA sliver of backyard space in Portland is transformed into a multifunctional outdoor living area.
Tamara Paulat (Homeowner)
Portland, ORMy Garden: A Naturalistic Garden Welcomes the Birds and the BeesThis Portland garden is home to birds, bees, bugs, and more. It’s also boasts plants that are beautiful and kind to the environment.
Joanne Fuller (Homeowner)
Portland, ORFront Yard Makeover: A Winter Jewel BoxSee how a Portland gardener turns her problematic sloped shade garden into a winter jewel box of hellebores and Lenten rose hybrids.
Call Of The Wild
Garden Design
Calimesa, CAMy Garden: Call Of The WildA weekend home in the high desert of central Oregon features a several-acre garden with a formal perspective.
"Dream Team's" Portland Garden
Garden Diva Designs
Hillsboro, ORPortland Garden by a Dream Team of Eco-Friendly DesignersThe owners of this Portland, Oregon, garden want to connect people with the Earth.
Portland's International Rose Test Garden
Portland Parks & Recreation
Portland, ORPortland's International Rose Test GardenPortland's Rose Society was founded in 1889, and the city's collection of hybrids, floribundas, and grandifloras has been growing ever since.
Garden Design
Calimesa, CANow and Zen: The Portland Japanese GardenThe Portland Japanese Garden in Oregon continues its visionary path in design.


Small Garden, Garden Fireplace
Scot Eckley Inc.
Seattle, WATerraced Garden Serves as an Urban SanctuaryA small Seattle property in need of an identity gets personalized outdoor rooms that delight the senses.
Frontyard Landscape
Garden Design
Calimesa, CAMy Garden: Working with Nature to Reinvent a Front YardAn “old school” grassy front yard in Bothell, Washington is transformed into a thriving Zen-like retreat.
An Eclectic Garden Delights with Unexpected Surprises
Garden Design
Calimesa, CAMy Garden: An Eclectic Garden Delights with Unexpected SurprisesFor ten years, these homeowners have worked on their Woodinville, Washington garden. Now that it’s complete, people are taking notice.
An Ever-Changing Therapy Garden 
Garden Design
Calimesa, CAMy Garden: An Ever-Changing Therapy GardenA gardener creates a place of rest and revival on her Kennewick, Washington property.
Bed, Breakfast, and Beautiful Gardens
Garden Design
Calimesa, CAMy Garden: Bed, Breakfast, and Beautiful GardensRead about a B&B garden in Port Angeles, Wash. that's like stepping into a painting.
Garden Design
Calimesa, CAGreat Gardens: Thrill of the Chases How Ione and Emmott Chase turned a parcel of former logging land into one of western Washington's most celebrated public gardens.
The Plant Hunter's Retreat, Photo Gallery
Garden Design
Calimesa, CAThe Plant Hunter's RetreatThe private garden of master collector, and founder of the cultishly adored Heronswood Nursery, Dan Hinkley.
Miller Botanical Garden Seattle
Garden Design
Calimesa, CAThe Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical GardenTucked away in a quiet suburb of Seattle, this garden was was carved out of native woodland on a rocky slope overlooking Puget Sound.
Olympic Sculpture Park, Sculpture Park Seattle
Garden Design
Calimesa, CAEarth Meets Art in SeattleSeattle's Olympic Sculpture Park is a sophisticated urban green space featuring 80,000 mostly Northwest plants.
Garden Design
Calimesa, CABotanic Notables: A Public Food Forest in SeattleBeacon Food Forest, a forager-friendly garden in Seattle features a projected seven acres of fruits, nuts, and vegetables, it will be the nation's largest public edible landscape.
Garden Design
Calimesa, CALakewold: A Garden for All SeasonsWhether you visit Lakewold Gardens in the dead of winter or the peak of summer, this Pacific Northwest horticultural haven offers beautiful blooms and hidden discoveries during every season.
Seattle, Japanese Maple
Garden Design
Calimesa, CASeattle Garden Unites a Melting Pot of StylesDescribed by visitors as “serene, peaceful, and relaxing,” Tatyana Searcy’s lush half-acre garden, located on a peninsula west of Seattle across the Puget Sound, belies its rocky beginnings.

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