At our previous house, we enjoyed lots of "borrowed" landscaping. Across the street were three lovely craftsman bungalows nicely landscaped with trees, shrubs and perennials. To the north we had cedar trees that gave us a bosky, green screen from the neighbors. And to the south we enjoyed a full city lot crowned with our neighbor's gorgeous old cherry tree.
Fast-forward to our present location just a few blocks away. The views are not as expansive. The space is differently filled. But in the three years since we moved here, I've learned to appreciate the borrowed landscape that we enjoy through the big windows of our '56 ranch.
To the north is an amazingly tall Coast redwood. Sequoia sempervirens is the single most impressive tree I have ever known. Not gracious, and not particularly graceful, it's a survivor. It towers above other trees in a totally uncompromising way. This is a tree with presence.
To the right, on the horizon behind the garage, you can just see the branching pattern of a huge Raywood ash. These are often planted as street trees and many younger specimens dot Portland streets, but it's less usual to see an older tree. This one is graceful and impressive in summer: I'll have to document it when it's in leaf.
Later in spring, we look forward to the show from her mature white dogwood. It appears to be the native cornus nuttallii.