Planting Design

Plants play a central role in all of the Designer’s projects, utilized for a range of functional and aesthetic reasons to meet a Client’s goals and objectives. Depending upon the size and scope of the project, design solutions are often accessible through thoughtful planting design. 

Landscape Master Planning

A landscape master plan is a comprehensive document that guides the development or modification of the Project Area. It presents a cohesive design solution and allows for project prioritization as time and budget permit. 

Landscape master planning is typical of most projects and requires the additional attention of a landscape architect or other professional(s). In such cases, the Designer will identify professional(s) to provide these services with the Client’s consent. The professional(s) will work under a separate agreement and be paid by the Client directly. The professional(s) will provide technical expertise and, in later phases, may develop construction documentation, represent the Client at hearings, obtain permits, manage the bidding process, and administer construction, among other tasks. 

The Designer will collaborate closely with the landscape architect and other professional(s) during the landscape master planning process to infuse the Project with context-specific and plant-driven atmosphere, aesthetic cohesion and artistic vision. 

The successful establishment of any garden and the associated upkeep of the plantings is vital to Client satisfaction. For this reason, the Designer’s Services are only offered in conjunction with: plant procurement, the onsite layout of plant materials, installation oversight and maintenance consultations. These services will be billed on new terms agreed to at the time of service. The Designer does not provide installation services.

Additional Services

Plant Procurement. Source plant materials for the project.

  • Site visits to nurseries to select specimen trees, large evergreens, and shrubs.
  • The Designer has relationships with many reputable growers and nurseries in the US and Europe to source the highest quality plant materials. Perennials and grasses may be custom grown for larger projects with adequate lead time.
  • Site visits to nurseries to maintain quality control.

Construction. On larger projects, the landscape architect is responsible for construction administration. The Designer will meet with the landscape architect, contractors, and clients (virtually and in-person) as needed throughout construction to:

  • Address questions involving implementation of the planting design.
  • Maintain the aesthetic vision of the project.
  • Ensure best practices are being followed concerning those aspects that impact plant health, e.g., existing tree protection, soil preparation, and irrigation installation.

Plant Installation.

  • Delivery of plant materials. Coordinate with the client’s staff and|or the landscape contractor to receive plant materials and maintain them on-site through installation.
  • The on-site layout of plant materials.
  • Installation oversight. The Designer does not provide installation services. 


  • Produce a project|site-specific maintenance and plant care manual.
  • Landscape maintenance|garden stewardship training.

Semi-annual site visits to: 

  • Evaluate the performance of the plantings as well as the maintenance.
  • Train staff|garden stewards on editing techniques to maintain a natural look.
  • As the garden matures, seek client feedback, suggest edits and enhancements.
Using Format