Landscaping Design Process

The Design process begins with a VISIT WITH YOU, THE CLIENT, either in your space, or at a meeting where you can provide a floor plan or photos to help us envision the space.

We will make observations:

  • ASSESS THE LIGHT: When we are in the space we take note of the availability and amount of natural light, how the air flow might affect plants, and the temperature.
  • We look at the DESIGN AND DECOR IN THE SPACE: the color and texture of the furniture, wall color, and other finishes in the space. We look to see if the furniture is new, modern, traditional or more residential. Would a flowering plant or floral arrangement be appropriate in the space?
  • Also important is the PURPOSE OF THE SPACE: are guests welcomed here, or is the space mostly for employees. Are there collaborative areas or meeting rooms? Are there spaces that need separating? Could we use containers of plants to divide and create space within spaces? Is the space newly renovated? Have people figured out how they will use the space and the flow of activities? Does the furniture allow for a plant—what happens on the surfaces—are they work tables or end tables in a waiting room? Do the break rooms or lunch rooms have artwork displayed, or could plants soften and make it more homey? Are the surfaces covered with carpet, or hard surfaces like tile, hardwood or concrete. What is the height of the furniture, and how full could a plant’s foliage be without interfering with a conversation. The plantscape should support the use and flow of the space.

We need your help:

  • We will ask “Is there a GOAL OR SINGULAR QUESTION that you would like to have answered, for us to solve?” For example, perhaps your company would like to place a desk plant in every office and cubicle space as a wellness initiative within the company.
  • Is there a BUDGET? What is the scope of work, plantscapes range in sizes; some spaces lend themselves to expansive living walls, and towering trees, while some small businesses enjoy a flowering plant and a couple of floor plants in their space. It is important to have an idea of what you have to spend, and the most important areas to address.

We’re ready to choose the plants:

The most important part: THE PLANTS! All of the details that were gathered up to this point inform the choice and number of plants selected and the type of container that will be used. We look at the variety of plants, their sensitivity to light and air flow/temperature. With the list we create with those variables we can select the color of the leaf and the variety—would a variegated leaf or a pattern with a color highlight be more fitting or a solid dark green? The growing habit, compact or wider spreading? Is it a higher traffic area, like a reception space or hallway where longer fronds might get damaged or hinder a conversation of a few people talking and walking? These are very important things to consider because plants are there to enhance and contribute to a positive feeling while in the space, not detract visually or be an annoyance.

Once the plants have been selected, the design areas will be identified and labeled. The plants in their containers will be placed in some of the design areas. This process is called imaging. Brief descriptions of these plants and the containers will be labeled and presented in a digital file and on paper for the presentation to the client. The client is more easily able to envision the overall design feeling of their space with plants, and can ask questions, make modifications and choices about what they like and don’t.

The General Plant Maintenance program is introduced and explained. GPM (general plant maintenance) is a service we provide to the client that includes providing complete plant care—watering, pruning, cleaning, regular feeding, pest treatment as needed, and replacement or “refresher” plants as needed. If you have GPM in your contract, plants will be replaced at no cost, included in the comprehensive care.

After the plantscape has been reviewed and modified, a contract is created, installation date and details will be configured, you will be introduced to your horticulturist, your care day will be assigned and we welcome you to our IP team of clients.