When I visit a prospective client, I won’t be able to answer the question “What would you do with this yard?” until I get to know them a bit. First we’ll talk about how they use (or would like to use) the space, how they want to fit in the neighborhood, what elements they like in their existing landscape, and how the design might reflect their personality or values. This conversation usually triggers some unifying concept in my mind that I can use to inform the design. Often restrictions placed by the client (e.g., I’m allergic to bee stings) or by the site itself will help me to narrow my selection from the vast array of native plant species available.
Once I have a concept I will apply some basic concepts to create the design:
A native landscape will always be a dynamic and somewhat unpredictable entity. I apply these design concepts to create a garden that’s more than an assemblage of pretty plants and is closer to a holistic community that fits together visually and ecologically.