Landscape Design

Natural ● Sustainable ● Low-Maintenance ● Beautiful

I believe landscape design should be affordable and tailored to the needs of every person and environment. My design process is not just about plants. It is an interactive and educational experience intended to mentor you through the creation of the landscape of your dreams.

The typical design process involves an initial consultation to discuss your dream landscape, discover your gardening style, determine the extent of your design needs and present a bid. Then, I will put things together and follow up with a plant-map design, plant list, landscaping project progression guidelines, or any other additional resources you may need to install your landscape successfully. After this, another meeting to present the information and get you started. Most clients have me follow up periodically for consultations along the way, keeping landscaping projects on track.

I design in subjects including but definitely not limited to:

  • Ornamental Gardens
  • Wildlife and Pollinator Gardens
  • Vegetable Gardens
  • Edible Perennial Landscapes
  • Small Farms
  • Permaculture* & Sustainable Landscapes
  • Native Gardens
  • Backyard Restoration Projects
  • Youth Gardens
  • School, Church and Community Gardens*
  • Demonstration Gardens

*Learn more about my background here, which includes an OSU Certification for Permaculture Design, a Certification to Create and Administrate School Gardens through Growing Gardens (organization in Portland, OR) and a Certification through WSU Extension to Create and Mentor in Community Gardens.

There many variations of design amenities that I offer. Desired amenities are often determined at an initial consultation, based on the scale of the landscape and your needs.

Garden-Scale Landscape Design
From gigantic, full color designs to humble, hand-drawn plant placement maps, my goal is to meet you exactly where your design needs are.

Based on a desired theme, style, or aesthetic, a garden-scale landscape design is plant-focused and lays out the plans for a future garden. Mature plant size, bloom and foliage color, winter interest, irrigation, use, style and similar considerations are taken in the design process.

Pencil designs seem to by my most popular option as they allow for flexibility and change. Gardens are ever-changing environments. Sometimes we may come across a plant not in the original “plan.” Sometimes changes need to be made due to plant sourcing limitations. As your garden grows and develops, you may find yourself adding more plants. Gardening naturally involves change. I like being able to create designs that can be adapted by you as any changes occur. That way you will always have a useful and accurate map and plan for their garden.

Here are some examples of pencil plant placement maps. Note that pre-existing structures and plants, main walkways, and a grid overlay are graphically created as a map foundation. Plants are then added in pencil.

Property-Scale Landscape Design

This is an expansive Permaculture*-based design that incorporates specified aspects of a property. This can include plants, hardscaping, small livestock, water use, and more. This design is typically created with a broader perspective than a Garden-Scale Landscape Design may be. For example, a property-scale design may provide suggestions such as where to place a greenhouse, a shade garden, a pollinator garden, and a chicken coop in ways that are efficient and practical.

Similar to garden-scale designs, property scale designs can range from gigantic and full color designs to pencil-drawn placement maps. My goal is to meet you exactly where your design needs are.

*Permaculture: The cohesive, nature and resource focused design of a sustainable landscape system. As defined by OSU Permaculture Design, “Permaculture design is an ethically based, whole-systems design approach … Although rooted in horticulture and agriculture, permaculture design also touches on regional planning, ecology, animal husbandry, technology, architecture and international development.” (Learn more about Permaculture and my Permaculture Design Certificate at this web address.)

Plant List (Inspirational)

This list is a tool to provide suggestions for plants that can be used throughout a specified design site. In some cases, this list of plant suggestions is all that one needs or wants for a part or for the entirety of the adjustments made to an outdoor space. These plant lists often have agreed upon themes (evergreen, berry-producing, shade-tolerant, deer-resistant, etc.). The list includes names of plants that meet the needs of the space, often with additional notes containing interesting plant characteristics.

Project Progression Suggestion List

When a landscaping project seems overwhelming, this project progression suggestion list seeks to provide some guidance in venturing a new project. The goal of this list is to break down the project into bite-sized steps, with recommendations. A list such as this can make planning easier and lessen the intimidation of starting a landscaping project.

When applicable, recommendations may be made to seek additional professional assistance or consultation from certified third party (engineer, architect, mason, irrigation specialist, etc.). A design will provide suggestions for installation of particular amenities, but does not seek to replace the certified approval of such professionals.

I charge and hourly rate of $30 for my design work, allowing pricing flexibility. Have me come out for the initial meting to learn the estimated cost for your design.

Thank you for considering me for your next landscape design project. Please contact me with any questions you may have or to get started.