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Need a little help getting started?
Here are some Landscape Design Styles that may help give you some ideas!


Formal Landscape Design

A formal landscape design is built around balance and symmetry.  Plants and paths are arranged in straight lines often leading to a focal point, such as an ornamental pond, statue, water fountain, or seating area.


Typically, only a few plants are used. Evergreens like Boxwoods, Hollies, Junipers, and Laurels are used in repetition to make up the landscape. Topiaries and espalier are commonly applied as well.


This landscape is high maintenance and takes a great amount of patience and time.

Formal landscape design in southern oregon

Informal Landscape Design

An Informal Landscape Design has a more natural, free flowing appearance.  Paths are curved with mixed borders and garden beds.


This style is a popular choice for homeowners because of how creative you can be with colors and textures.


There is typically less maintenance than a formal design because plants are allowed to grow more naturally.

Deer Resistant Landscapes

Growing up in Southern Oregon I understand there may be a few challenges you won't find in other areas.


Although we may love the natural beauty and wildlife it doesn't mean we want to feed our furry neighbors.  Why spend all that time and money just to see it disappear.


I can help design a landscape that is both visually pleasing and "Deer Resistant".

Deer resistant landscape design in southern oregon
Xeriscape, drought tolerant landscape design in southern oregon

Xeriscape, Drought Tolerant Landscape Design

The goal of Xeriscaping or Drought Tolerant Landscape Design is to minimize water consumption.


Let's face it.  Water issues may be a huge problem for your project.  It could be you don't have enough water, want to be conservative, or just don't want a huge water bill at the end of the month.


It doesn't mean you can't have a beautiful landscape.   There are plenty of plant options for this type of landscape. 

Native Landscapes

Native Landscaping has many great benefits.  It supports birds and attracts other native wildlife such as pollinators and butterflies.


Native Landscapes also need less water, are more adaptable to your soil and need less fertilizer and sprays which isn't good for the environment.  Native plants do better in our summer heat/drought and withstand the cold winters.


Native landscapes can also save you money because the plants are less likely to be replaced.

Cottage garden landscape design in medford oregon

Cottage Garden Landscape

Probably my favorite type of design.  Imagination is the only barrier with this design.


Curving paths, densely planted beds, mixing perennials and edibles with plenty of color and texture. 

Pool Landscapes

Have a pool?


There are a few things to consider when designing a pool area.  How will the space be used?


Will it be mostly used for a private area, entertainment, or both? Do you want to incorporate an outdoor kitchen or bbq? 


I can help design a low maintenance, aesthically pleasing, outdoor space.

Landscape design process in southern oregon


What to Expect

The Landscape Design Process is Critical for Creating Your Outdoor Space


Knowing where to begin and what questions to ask may feel challenging and overwhelming.  It doesn't have to be.


The Landscape Design process will help to answer questions, brainstorm ideas, and how to make your outdoor space both functional and aesthetically pleasing.


It will also help to clarify needs and wants, determine installation costs, find reliable landscape contractors, and determine a timetable on the when your project will be completed.

At Nature's Touch Landscape Design and Consultations my job is to make the process of remaking your outdoor space fun and enjoyable.


Here are the 5 steps of the process.



The first step typically involves a phone call or email.


Here we discuss a few things about the project.  We talk a little about your space, maybe a few ideas and set up an appointment to come to your home or business.


I will also find out if you're working with a Landscape contractor and have them involved.



The second step involves me coming to your home for site analysis.  If you already have a landscape contractor your working with I encourage them to be there as well.  It's nice we are all on the same page at the beginning.


Here we will discuss your area and your goals for what you want to do with the space.  Although not necessary I encourage the homeowner to come up with a list of needs, wants, and any pictures that help clarify their vision.


Coming to your home also allows me to see your space and offer advice for areas in your yard.  Sun, shade, water, soil types are all critical elements to consider when designing your outdoor living space.  I also take this time to make the necessary measurements so I can accurately scale the project.



The third step involves me using a CAD (Computer Aided Design) system to design your space. It typically takes 3-4 weeks for me to design your yard.


Also during this time I encourage you to  continue to communicate ideas and thoughts. Don't hesitate to call, text, or email.  Remember this will be your space.



This step may be the most important.  I typically will email a first draft design (I can come back to your home with a copy if that is easier) and we will begin making any changes or modifications, if needed, to the plan.


Here we will discuss plant suggestions (add or delete), hardscapes, and clarify any issues.  Take as much time as you need.  I like to emphasize that changes are easy to make and don't take much time.



This is the final step in the landscape plan.  Here the final draft of the design is complete and I either give you a scaled 24x36 final plan, a landscape contractor you are working with, or both.  I can also give referrals of landscape contractors I have worked with in the past.


The finished design will also allow the landscape contractor to give an accurate estimate for the project.  This is your plan to do with as you wish.

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