NE Portland Yard Gets a Pollinator Friendly Makeover
I’m Hilary Hutler and I am thrilled to be joining Carol and Landscape Design in a Day! Carol asked me to introduce myself and share one of my pollinator friendly landscape designs here on our blog.
About me: While this is my fifth year working full-time as a landscape designer, I’ve been interested in horticulture and plants for many years. My first job was working with edible gardening on an organic produce farm, next I trained as a Portland Master Gardener which gave me a solid foundation for understanding all things plant-related in the Pacific Northwest. I continued taking landscape design courses while working at Pomarius Nursery, one of Portland’s most unique retail plant nurseries.
They specialize in growing and selling a much wider range of plants than a garden center. Working at a plant nursery is an incredible way to broaden your plant palette so within just a few years I learned the existence of more ornamental plants (and how to use them) than I could have ever dreamed of. I worked as a landscape designer on the Oregon Coast for several years and while I loved it and learned so much I live in NE Portland – that’s a long commute.
How I met Carol founder of Landscape Design in a Day, a Portland Oregon company.
While Carol and I had met a handful of times over the years, we decided to consider working together in 2022. Carol was a fabulous business mentor to my friend and fellow designer Alana Chau, and had a unique approach to landscape design services, so when she invited me to meet up for coffee to discuss working together I said yes. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to learn from her. We collaborated on a few designs in the fall of 2022, and I gladly accepted her offer to join Landscape Design in a Day.
Hilary’s Favorite Front Yard Landscape Design in N.E Portland
One of my most cherished projects is a landscape design opportunity I fell into by luck. I was walking my regular neighborhood route in the University Park neighborhood when I stopped to chat with a woman who was placing boulders out in her driveway to give away.
Her front yard was devoid of beauty – it was over planted with numerous (as in over ten) Japanese Maples placed too close together and no understory plantings to speak of. The previous owner had attempted to build a large pond, but the project had fallen into disrepair and there were way too many boulders. She wanted to change the existing landscape from bleak to wonderful. On a whim, I gave her my telephone number.
Well, our meeting up that day turned out to be one of those wonderful gifts from serendipity, because not only did I create a total landscape redesign of her front yard, we’re also now good friends. She loved making the focus of the planting plan about feeding pollinators and colorful plants. I loved being part of such an amazing new front yard.
Front Yard Pollinator Paradise Landscape Design
I love this no lawn front garden design for colorful plants, fragrance, interesting textures and a perfect pollinator paradise. Here are just a few of the plants I used in our very collaborative design process.
(These are all super duper pollinator friendly)
Hellianthemum n. ‘Ben Hope’ – Sunrose
Sedum h. ‘Autumn Joy’ and also ‘Matrona’
Salvia n. ‘May Night’
Cistus Purpurea – Rock Rose
Helictotrichon sempervirens – Blue Oat Grass
Senecio greyi (Brachyglottis) – Evergreen Daisy Bush
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