Gardens vary with personal style, goals and experience. Similar plants may be used to create widely varying aesthetics. If you are able to share what is relevant to you in nature, we can create a response reflective of you and your needs in your gardens and landscape.
Patios, Landscape Walls and Steps
Hardscapes define an area (fences, walls); provide support (trellis, arbor); create a room (pergola); and guide us through outdoor spaces (steps, paths, and walks).
Container gardens provide dimension and interest throughout the seasons and make edible gardens accessible to you, but perhaps not to those unwanted visitors. They create focal points; define entry areas and generally provide a regular opportunity to change up the fabric of a landscape with interesting ornamentals and decorative elements.
Landscape Structures and Details
“…Little things make big things happen.” quote by John Wooden
The structures we create for you in the landscape are designed to compliment the details of your home and your home life. Such thoughtfulness is craftsmanship and we pride ourselves in the craft!
Native and Ornamentals
Native plants are plants indigenous to a given area in geologic time. Ornamental plants are not indigenous to an area, but that does not mean natives cannot be ornamental as an element in a garden. Generally, ornamental plants are grown for their decorative qualities (annuals, and non-native perennials). We find that the most interesting gardens to humans, pollinators and the like are a rich combination of both categories of plants designed to work together through the seasons. The drivers behind this harmonious relationship are our clients and our designer’s ability to create from observation and shared story.
Water represents life and is so many things to each of us. Water can be soothing, meditative, interactive, cooling, interesting, a focal point and, on occasion, a space for our feathered friends. Water features vary in size, purpose and sound, but how many of you know that they can be sourced by rainwater? Meet with us to learn more!
The edible garden is so much more than a few carrots, a tomato plant or an herb here and there. We can plan for fruit (Honeyberries, Juneberries, Strawberries, Black Chokeberries, Cherries, and Kiwi-yes, Kiwi); nuts (walnuts, hazelnuts), as well as a plethora of vegetables and herbs. In addition to feeding ourselves, we can feed our pollinators, who in turn will benefit our flowering and edible plants, and create other delicious edibles like honey! Those edible plants may also have healing properties, which go beyond nutrient richness or add texture to your garden like rhubarb provides in the flower garden. All in all, edibles feed us in many ways!
Wildlife Habitat Gardens and Plantings - Minneapolis, MN
Wildlife in the garden provides support to our gardens and for others living in our landscapes. Wildlife adds interest to the garden with the flying, roaming and buzzing activities complimenting their subtle and sometimes not so subtle outfits and actions. Overall, wildlife in the garden improves our one wild life!
Paths and walks get us from point A to point B; provide access into the maintenance of a garden; allow us to imagine what might be on the other side; and generally guide us through our experience of a particular landscape. They may be constructed of living plants (sod, thyme); simple materials (mulch, gravel) or more sophisticated options (stone, pavers and concrete). We design and build all of these pathways!