Welcome to our Portfolio page. Here a few of our landscape design projects. Laura and I have designed literally hundreds of projects, each unique to its site and client. If you don‘t see what you envision, that’s OK; we will help you bring your dreams and goals to life!

Developing a long term landscape plan for your  yard allows you to budget and develop your yard without having to redo and correct mistakes. Everyone has a different priority list for their yards – our plans are custom created to your wish list.  Elements we in our plans include privacy barriers, outdoor kitchens, water features, decks, patios, pools, hot tubs, landscape lighting, and of course, plantings!  Back yard patio designs are our specialty; we love to do ABC landscape design packages where we create 3 concepts of different backyard design ideas to show you as many possibilities as possible.  Typically one of these will click with you and perhaps the final plan incorporates a few elements of the other 2 landscape plans.

Low maintenance landscaping is always a bonus when planning your landscape.  Using the right plant in the right place, using proven plant varieties, and using lower maintenance materials for patios contribute to an easy care landscape.  Native and native-derived plants are often good solutions for low maintenance settings.

What does the term  “hardscape design” mean in landscape plans? We refer to the non living parts of our landscapes as “hardscapes”. Walkways, retaining walls, decks, patios; they are the floors and furniture of our outdoor rooms. They can be made of natural or man made products. Decks typically now use composite decking with pressure treated structure. Pergolas (shade structures) are available in natural or composite materials also. Combined with the “softscape”, the plantings, they make our yards safe, attractive, and functional.

Sometimes in a landscape design the stars are the plants themselves. Here in the United States we often refer to vegetable gardens as “gardens”. We like to refer to landscape plans that focus primarily on the enjoyment of the plants as garden designs.  It can be creating a colorful border planting to enjoy from a certain view, adding a greeting bed to welcome visitors as they enter your drive, or building a functional vegetable garden that serves as a decorative focal point.

We’ve all seen gardens that were designed and planted using plants that all were peak at a certain time in the season. It looks great for a short duration of time but blah at other times. Typically we want to have a succession of bloom throughout the season from early Spring through Fall. Perennials are balanced by selective use of shrubs and small trees that provide structure, focal points, and Winter interest.

Some of our projects don’t involve a massive overhaul of existing landscapes; very often we are replacing plants within a defined space that is not changing. Often these planting installations emanate from a simple 2 hour landscape consultation.