Our goal is to design gardens that are not only sustainable but provide beauty and natural wonder in all seasons. We start by incorporating a minimum of 15% or more native plants in every design. We utilize water-wise plants, including many colorful perennials to create full gardens with plants that host a diverse array of beneficial insects all season long. We strive toward providing ecosystem services and reducing pollution through features such as rain gardens, native habitat areas, stumps, nurse logs, birdbaths, meadows etc.
We encourage participation in the Backyard Habitat Certification program when your project installation is complete. Depending on the size of the project, most of our designs will bring your property up to at least the Silver level certification and full yard re-designs often qualify for Gold level certification.Our designs will take into account year-round interest and include evergreens and other winter interest features such as colorful stems or berries. We also consider access/ maintenance, drainage, sunlight and elements of design such as texture, color, varying heights etc. Throughout this process we ask for your feedback at the different stages of the design so we can create a plan that fits your style, budget and outdoor living needs.
Our designs start at $1000 with the average design around $2800, however project costs will vary. Pricing is based on the size and scope of every unique project.
Are you a 'Do it Yourself' person?
We offer stand alone design services. We are happy to use our expertise to come up with a DIY plan tailored to your project. We provide support and guidance along the way.
Our Planting Style
We lean on the side of a heavier planting with little to no mulch showing when the garden is mature. From an environmental standpoint a full planting is ideal because it helps shade out weeds, reduces mulch needs, provides better habitat for beneficial insects and wildlife and sequesters more carbon.
Certified Naturally Grown
Plants + Planting
We design primarily from our own Certified Naturally Grown nursery which produces several hundred varieties of plants well adapted to our climate. Our nursery is unique in that we grow without any synthetic pesticides or fertilizers. We love plants of all types and grow many wonderful perennials, ground covers, grasses, shrubs and natives. However, we can’t grow everything, so we often fill in from other nurseries for a small portion of the plants in our designs. We offer procurement services for plants we do not grow such as trees or customer special requests. If something is out of stock, we can usually suggest an alternative or we can add it to the procurement list if the exact plant in the design is desired.
Layout + Marking
Once the plants are on-site, they need to be placed in the landscape according to the Master Planting Plan. We do this whenever you hire us for planting services, making sure all the plants are in the right place with the proper spacing between them. Sometimes small adjustments are made to improve the layout on-site.
We also offer (and recommend) this service for clients who plan on doing their own planting to ensure everything is in the right place with enough room to grow.
With each plant installation, we prioritize soil health and enhancement by incorporating a compost-based soil amendment with the native soil for each plant. This no-till practice gives your plants a healthy start while leaving the rest of the soil (and its structure that soil organisms have worked so hard to create) undisturbed for optimum soil health. Instead of rototilling, regular mulching and letting nature do the rest of the work for you will improve soil health and keep stored carbon underground. Prior to planting, many of our plants also undergo a gentle trim (when suitable). This practice not only stimulates branching for fuller healthier looking plants but may reduce transplant shock as well when planted in warmer weather.