The design process...
My process is fluid - starting with an end goal in mind and building in stages as your budget permits. My designs feature perennial specimens that are not only beautiful, but sustain native wildlife and pollinators in our hardiness zone 5b. Welcoming bees, birds, butterflies (and yes, bunnies) into the garden ensures another level of interest and excitement beyond foliage and bloom!
While I prefer your participation in the process, from initial planning, through plant selection and installation, your level of involvement is entirely up to you. Your design will be customized to your budget as well as to your level of interest and time for ongoing maintenance.
60-90 MINUTE site visit $100
Translating your dreams and vision into a living, breathing garden that provides four season interest is a ton of fun. During the site visit, we'll review your property's "bones" - mature trees, stone walls, and man-made structures like fences, decks, patios, pools and sheds that are important elements around which to design your garden beds and create outdoor living spaces. Together, we'll:
identify your "style" (cottage, formal, minimalist)
observe your property's growing conditions, including it's daily sun/shade patterns
gather soil samples to be sent for analysis. Your soil analysis will identify nutrient deficiencies and will recommend specific corrective actions. It's highly likely that your garden beds will benefit from a generous application of organic compost and fertilizers.
make note of any "micro-climates" and "borrowed views". Micro-climates include pockets of warmer conditions which can present an opportunity to test specimens not normally grown in our zone 5b. Borrowed views include landscape interest offered by adjoining properties.
identify existing plants, shrubs and trees that will remain and those that should be removed. We'll discuss your budget and a realistic expectation for maintaining your garden throughout the seasons.
Think of your garden design plan as a "visual blueprint", a guide to point us in the right direction, allowing for spontaneous changes along the way. Each garden design will include:
a 4 season palette that incorporates spring and fall blooming bulbs, ground covers, perennials, climbers, shrubs, container plants, ornamental and under-story trees
specific plant combinations that will thrive in your property's sun/shade conditions, will compliment each other's bloom color and foliage texture, and will provide maximum enjoyment with a minimum of effort
a schematic for succession bloom and color throughout the seasons
an estimate of the number of each specimen needed for initial installation
an estimate of the cost for plant sourcing and installation
an estimate of the volume of soil amendments you'll need for happy, thriving plants
an estimate of ongoing maintenance requirements
Your garden design may be planned in phases, to accommodate your budget, and to grow with you and your family's lifestyle. Development of your Garden Design typically involves 2 to 3 separate visits to your property, including delivery and walk through of the plan.