The Northwest region of the United States encompasses the states of Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. In the winter months, this landscape tends to be cool and moist with coastal zones remaining a tad damper because of their proximity to the Pacific Ocean. Mountain landscapes in this region are typically snow, increasingly so with altitude rise. Summer months in the Northwest are normally dry and warm since the Pacific Ocean acts as a natural air conditioner cooling passing air without raising its humidity. This region makes use of water, rocks and native plants to create impressive landscape designs.
The natural landscape of the Pacific Northwest boasts a variety of
Beautiful trees from Conifers like pines, firs, junipers, aspen and spruce to deciduous trees such as maple, dogwood, willow and ash. Grouping some of these native trees in your landscape will align your yard to the outlying vegetation and animal life. Embedding golden Quaking aspen in a cluster of maples and pines is a great fall example.
In the Northwest, water gardens provide interesting focal points around which to cluster native species of flora. Ponds can include hardscape features such as rocks, small boulders as well as softscape elements like miss, lichen and native perennials. Frame water gardens with sword ferns and decorative grasses to foster a tranquil environment fit for reflection and meditation. Employing the aesthetic use of rock gardens are another versatile element of northwest landscaping. This type of garden integrates natural rock from the region and compact native flowers to create panoramas that mirror the beauty of the grand Northeast. A traditional Alpine rock garden is ideal for the upper Northwest's cooler climate.