Delivery and Planting Services

Design Services

Softscapes and Hardscapes

Design Elements

A Japanese styled pond and garden... ...with a small stream

Delivery and Planting Services

Delivery: Delivery is based on your distance from our nursery and ranges from $15 to $50 per trip. This fee covers plant materials as well as bulk and bag products. You do not need to be home for us to make a delivery.

Planting Services: If you need to add a tree to your yard or want to place a focal point shrub somewhere but don't have the time, equipment or ability to do so, we can do it for you. Cost of planting services are 55% of the cost of the tree(s) or shrub(s). Again, you do not have to be home for us to complete the installation. We give you flags to mark where you want the items planted.

 

Design Services

We offer several levels of design service. If you are an avid gardener and just need pointed in the right direction of which trees/shrubs/perennials to plant in your garden, we can help you on the spot! Bring in a drawing or photo of the area you would like to plant. Be sure to come equipped with basic knowledge of the site you want to plant: sun/shade exposure, soil conditions, dry/marshy conditions, etc. There is always someone on our staff here that can suggest plants that will thrive in those conditions.

If you need a bit more help or want a professionally designed landscape, our landscape designer is available, by appointment, to come out to your home or business. Our designer becomes familiar with the area to be planted, takes measurements, draws a plan showing each plant or hardscape element, makes plant recommendations based on your preferences and site conditions, and meets with you again to go over the plan and make any necessary changes you may want. The fee for this service is based on the size of the area to be designed, with prices ranging from $75 to $125.

At this point you may either install the plan yourself or you may elect to have our installation team install it for you. The plan you receive from the designer includes material and installation pricing. You may choose to have part or all of the installation completed by our team. For example, maybe your plan includes a brick patio and walkway with shrub and perennial foundation plantings. You're confident you can do the planting, but prefer to have our professionals install the hardscaping.

If you would like to have a design or installation, call us early in the season! Our installation schedule fills up quickly, so by the time June arrives, we may already be booked through the summer into fall.

	
A curved patio A flagstone patio A set of entrance pillars

Softscapes and hardscapes - bringing them together

What are softscapes and hardscapes? Softscaping refers to the use of plant material to create a landscape or garden. Foundation plantings - shrubs and perennials planted around the base of a home - are the most popular softscape installation. Other softscapes include flower beds and plant borders at the edge of properties.

Hardscapes are considered the bones or structure of the garden and are built of "hard" materials like stone, brick or wood. Patios, walkways, retaining walls, decks, gazebos, ponds and lighting are all considered to be hardscaping. Here are photos of some of our walkway and patio installations.

Your home may already have some hardscaping in place, usually in the form of walkways and decks. They may be fine and just need some softscaping to make your home look inviting and well-cared for. They may need replacing because of age or because you are ready for an updated look; perhaps you don't have any at all and need to start from scratch.

So then, the best way to plan your garden makeover is to begin by determining your needs. Do you want to sit outside and read? Like to entertain and/or grill? Need a place for the kids to play? Want to install a hottub? By determining how you want to use your outdoor spaces, you will obtain a clear idea of where to begin. If you do need to replace or add hardscaping, this is the first step in your design. Sidewalks, patios, decks, gazebos, fireplaces/firepits, ponds, hottubs, etc will form the backbone for the rest of the garden design. Consideration must be given to topography, sun/shade, electrical/water service and space limitations when planning your hardscape. Once the hardscaping is planned, the softscaping can follow; you now have a structure around which you can make planting choices!


A curved path in brick...

...and terraced retaining walls A circular patio

An informal eating area. Note the irregular patio shape, enhanced by flagstone, and informal seating. The tree is also a good example of a vertical line, drawing the eye up.

Strong horizontal lining in the fence and stone walkway encourages the eye to move across the garden.

A simple water feature forms a focal point as well as adding the soothing sounds of moving water.

Design Elements

Form is the overall look of the garden. Formal, cottage, and modern are just a few. The shapes, colors and textures of plants and structures should all enhance the garden’s form. For example, in a formal garden you might choose a rectangular pond with brick coping and a hedge of pruned boxwood; in other words, a very symetrical design. In a cottage garden you would have an irregularly shaped woodland pond and looser, unclipped shrubs.

Line is the ability to help guide someone’s eye through a garden. For example, a row of plants or a fence will draw the eye horizontally across a garden.  A vertical line, like a tree or trellis, will draw the eye up. The shapes of planting beds and pathways all work together in the principles of line. Sweeping, curved lines are informal and calming; angular lines are more formal.

Repetition is the duplication of a certain characteristic in your garden, like color, texture, or a particular plant. Use repetition to unify the garden or to pull the viewer’s eye in a cetain direction. But do balance the repetition with some variety by mixing in different colors and textures to add visual interest. Don’t overdo variety, however, because the results can look chaotic.

A focal point is a place where the eye naturally comes to rest. Consider using a specimen tree, statue, pond, bench or a colorful planter. Use multiple focal points in a large garden to control how a viewer’s eye travels.

Mystery is an element that can be used to great effect. Make your viewer eager to see what comes next. Curved pathways, gates and secluded garden rooms create a desire to continue into the garden to see what is hidden from the first sweeping view.

Consider choosing plants and structures that provide contrasting textures, heights and 4-seasons of interest to keep your garden attractive all year long. Use spring and summer flowers for a sucession of blooms. Include evergreens, colorful fall foliage and trees and shrubs with interesting branch structure for winter interest.

Finally, make the landscape your garden by adding decor that reflects your style. Your selections are almost endless! Adding birdbaths and bird feeders transforms the space into a bird and butterfly garden. Benches and seating can create a relaxing reading nook. Bistro tables encourage quiet areas for morning coffee.

A very formal look in a confined area. The repetition of plants and strong line move the eye to the archway. The area is unified yet the different colors, textures and sizes of plant material provide interest.

Contrasting textures Layer plant heights

A touch of decor transforms a landscape into a garden