Garden Design &
Our designs add not just beauty, but entirely new environments. Sustainable designs intertwine individual needs, community benefits and environmental stewardship. Our multi-functional designs add to your home value, create soothing spaces, and can even produce fresh fruits and vegetables for your family. Once established, they require less maintenance while creating wildlife habitat and soothing, beautiful living spaces . Simply, our designs, using the latest sustainable practices, outperform conventional designs. You won’t believe what your backyard can do.
Patios, Walkways &
We have the experience and expertise to help you create the landscape of your dreams. We can install dry-laid flagstone, irregular flagstone, gravel, paver and stepping stone patios and walkways. We can also help you with small (36” and under) garden walls.
While it may be surprising to learn, lawn fertilizers and pesticides contribute significantly to the pollution of our streams and rivers, while being potentially dangerous for our children and pets. The reality is that grass struggles to grow in many environments and there are often better options. We can transition areas from grass to a variety of groundcovers, from colorful wildflower meadows and soothing fern gardens to steppable turf alternatives such as clover, ajuga and Pennsylvania sedge (pictured above). Reducing the amount of lawn on your property can also significantly help create habitat for wildlife. We can help you select the right varieties and do the heavy lifting necessary to complete the transition.
Edible Landscaping &
Edible landscaping integrates food production into the home landscape. While this can be in the form of traditional vegetable beds for things such as cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes and other annuals, edible landscaping is also using plants that produce food into an aesthetically pleasing design. A good example is using blueberry bushes in home gardens. Blueberry bushes flower in the spring, have incredible red fall foliage and are overall handsome plants, but they also produce delicious blueberries every year. Cherries, sugarplums, hazlenuts, pears, apple trees – the list of beautiful flowering plants that produce edibles goes on and on. Herbs are also another way to integrate edible plants into the garden. A landscape can be both visually beautiful year-round AND productive.
We work with you to create a custom design that will work with your site and personal taste. The first step is to set up a time to meet and take a look at the property. We ask that you take some time to think about what style you are looking for, to find some photos of landscapes that appeal to you, and think about your budget (as it can determine scope, style and materials). On the day of the appointment, you will meet with one of our design consultants who will walk though the property and together will come up with ideas and an outline of what you are looking for. If it seems like we are a good fit, we generally put together a custom design with visualizations and pricing in 1-2 weeks. In most cases we create a photoshop of your house, but we can also create 3-D models if appropriate. These are conceptual representations that help give you an idea of the outcome. Once you have seen the proposal, we work with you to make any revisions necessary to get it just right. If you decide to move forward with the installation, we set a start date, take a deposit, and then show up to install the landscape. During the install process, our project managers will stay in touch with you through the process to make sure that each piece of the project is being put in exactly how you would like it. After we finish, we close out and then provide a 1 year warranty for all of our plants, and are available to answer any questions or concerns down the line.
Landscape projects are highly variable in price – for example, if your goal is to create a sitting area, you can put in a flagstone patio or a pea gravel patio or even just wood chips. A pea gravel patio is 1/4 of the cost of flagstone, and wood chips are about half the cost of pea gravel, but all three create a place to sit. This variability continues throughout any project – the size of gardens, amount of hardscaping, number of plants – they all impact the price of the project.
We can generally work to fit your budget. If your budget is on the lower end, we can make recommendations regarding what areas to focus on and offer lower cost alternatives. If price is not an issue, we can help you create an elaborate plan. Our projects range from $2,000-$50,000. Most projects that include hardscaping are $10k+, while we have created many beautiful small gardens under $10k.