My partner and I hired Arianne to come up with a design for our garden, which when we bought our house was basically a large weed farm. She came up with a design that perfectly incorporated our priorities: a large wildlife pond, food-producing plants, native plants, plants to attract wildlife (mostly hummingbirds and other birds), all packaged into a quiet, tranquil, low maintenance backyard wilderness retreat
She measured out our yard and put together a detailed plan that incorporated many different things: beautiful evergreen plants for the winter, flowers with blooming times staggered throughout the year (for us and for birds and bees), and even a variety of fruit bushes that would give us harvests at different times.
And when I say detailed I mean scale drawings of the landscaping plan, a detailed planting plan specifying species, variation, quantity and placement, and an overall plan to show everything fitting together. She did a great job incorporating all of our wishes, and was very responsive to changes and tweaks made along the way.
She has an extensive knowledge of plants which do well locally, making some excellent recommendations for different berry bushes , a hardy evergreen magnolia, and some plants to push the envelope (kiwis, meyer lemon tree). She definitely encouraged us to be ambitious, but also balanced that out with our wishes for a low maintenance yard.
We just had the backyard done by her partner landscaping contractor and it looks phenomenal. We are so happy with it, and we can't wait to do our front yard and finish the whole design. We are super glad we went with Arianne and her work was worth every penny. We would highly recommend her for any garden project - you will not be disappointed!