Design Services


If you need design ideas  for a new border or small area and would like to implement the plan yourself, we can draw a quick sketch, not to scale,  for the budget minded do-it-yourself home owner.


This is the blueprint for your overall landscape design. The amount of time necessary to produce a full design depends on the site analysis, complexity of the project, size of lot and difficulty of the design.  Typically, it involves a three stage process which includes:

Initial Meeting: During this visit, we discuss what you want out of your garden, style, and preferences (color, planting, design…). This is the time to provide us with pictures of other gardens and structures you like.  The more info and pictures the better. Once the decision is made, we will work together to create the landscape that reflects your taste and lifestyle.  After you have agreed on a budget for the design work, we will initiate a signed agreement for that work to begin. We will take a site survey including measurements and digital photos.

Preliminary/Conceptual  Plan: This is a concept plan that shows new proposed landscape (lawn and planting areas, tree locations, patios, walkways, decks, water features, etc.). The preliminary plan is where we make sure everything is to your liking before proceeding to the next step. If significant changes occurred, another meeting may be requested by the designer.

Planting Plan: Once the conceptual plan is accepted, the finalized plan with plants identified by their common and Latin name, along with quantities. Plants will be selected based on your preferences, the style of the garden, gardening interests, ability and the physical constraints of the site (shade, moisture, exposure, etc) to make sure the plants are suitable to your site.  A separate plant list is also provided of common and Latin names, in alphabetical order of all the plants and the size and quantity required to install your plan.

Design and Build, Facilitation of Installation

After the design is completed, we can help you facilitate the installation of your garden whether you are installing the garden yourself or working with a contractor.  We can manage the whole project overseeing plant purchase and placement according to the plant list and the design.

Helena came highly recommended and from our first meeting it was clear why!  She has an incredible wealth of knowledge of various plants and can quickly and easily describe details such as foliage shape and color, size, blooms and texture. She listened to our vision and made insightful and relevant suggestions.

Our finished yard came out even better than we imagined, and on time and within budget! We finally have the curb appeal that makes coming home enjoyable, and we couldn’t have gotten there without Helena’s expertise, guidance, and patience. 10/10 would recommend her, and we’re now using her to redo our backyard.

Josh G. – Happy Valley, Oregon