Plan(t) Wise Garden & Landscape Design Services


A natural approach to landscaping.

How Can We Help You?

Our designs and Garden Guidance Programs listed below, offer solutions that increase your landscape’s ecological and sustainable function. We like to use smaller plants and more of them, creating a lush, layered garden that is as full or fuller in the same amount of time – or sooner – than larger plants spaced farther apart for the same, or less, expense. This will also reduce the cost and labour of using repeated mulch applications over time as the plants mass together, creating living green mulch.

“Cues to care”, such as mowed paths or stepping stones in wilder gardens, and massing and drifting are incorporated to show design intention. We work hard to match plants to existing site conditions and each other, avoiding soil amendments and letting the plants amend the soil over time. These strategies help to reduce the amount of time, effort, and money you spend managing your landscape, leaving you more time to enjoy it.

In Person Programs

On Site Consultation

We visit your site where you are encouraged to share your ideas, challenges, and end goals, and ask questions while we focus on the area(s) to be addressed. This is the first step of the design or Garden Guidance process. It also allows the designer or garden mentor to do an initial site assessment. A questionnaire specific to your choice of service will be sent to you in advance. Once returned completed, you’ll be contacted within three business days to set a date and time for the consultation.
Package Cost is $150* for a one and half hour Consultation
*Please note there is an additional charge for travel per km beyond 30km, specified in advance and based on Google Maps.

* Consultation Add On Services

A Consultation is required before booking any of the options below.

Natural Garden Design
Whether you’re a newbie with no idea how to get started, or a green-thumb looking to go in a new direction, together we will create a native plantscape that welcomes nature into your life. Leave the design and plant selection to us. We can provide you with a thoughtful low-maintenance design that complements your home and existing  landscaping, your vision, and site conditions. Your plant list will include Ontario native plants* that support the wildlife species you wish to encourage with blooms from spring to fall and create a diversity of texture and colour all year long.
Garden designs start at $375. Does not include materials, delivery, or installation.
*Ornamental (non-native) species can be included upon request, but we will never include species considered to be invasive.

Landscape Design
Does your space need a refresh? Is it functioning to its full potential based on your lifestyle? Whether you’d like to create a private garden room or be the envy of the neighbours, our ecologically based design solutions address your lifestyle needs and desires. Designs incorporate native plant focused gardens and locally, sustainably sourced and upcycled materials. We encourage the inclusion of environmental support systems such as rain gardens, rainwater harvesting, wildlife habitat, and composting areas. Together, we can create an outdoor haven that will grow with you for years to come.

Design cost is dependent on the size and scope of the project, starting at $500. Does not include materials, delivery, or installation. 
*Please note we are a design and consulting firm and do not perform full builds/installations


Garden Guidance
Interested in an eco-friendly garden care plan? We can guide you whether you purchase our design or have existing traditional gardens. Garden Guidance sessions outline management programs, providing insight into plant care and soil health, season by season. The sessions explore all-natural soil amendments for optimal plant health and the best plant pruning/upkeep practices, giving you the means to easily take care of your outdoor space with less effort and time than expected. With existing gardens, we may make recommendations for including native species to help reduce the time and effort required to manage your gardens. We may also advise you to consider removing invasive species.  
Cost is $100 per hour and the length of time required will be determined at the Consultation*

You are encouraged to take notes at the time of the session, but we offer a custom care manual for an additional fee. Price is dependent on the complexity of the manual and starts at $49 for a pdf file.

Material Layout
Afraid you won’t get the spacing quite right? We can lay out plant materials from your design purchase in their correct placements to remove the stress of you having to sort through plant materials and determine the correct spacing.
Fees start at $250 and are dependent on the size of the project and do not include design, materials, or delivery.
*Please note! Plants should not be left out in their containers in the hot sun for extended periods. They get stressed out too!

Project Oversight
Whether it’s a hands-on approach requiring daily communication with contractors and their trades, or a weekly visit to recap questions or issues as needed, this service acts as a single contact for clients and contractors. It benefits both the client and contractors, ensuring that everyone is working towards the same goal and the client’s vision is realized in every detail as designed.
This service is also available to DIY clients who would like guidance to minimize the chance of
costly errors.

Online Programs

Container Design Combo for Balconies or Patio

Want to have butterfly visitors to your balcony or patio? This package is ideal for clients with balconies or small patios that want pollinator container gardens. This includes a twenty-five-minute online consultation, basic planting plans for three 18” containers (or equivalent), a detailed plant list with horticultural and wildlife support information, and a how-to planting guide.

Once you’ve purchased a consultation, a questionnaire (pdf) will be sent to you. Seven to ten days after your information is finalized, you’ll receive your custom portfolio and a request to set up an online meeting to discuss any questions you have. All documents are delivered electronically.

Package Cost is $150. Add on container designs are available for an additional fee.

Garden Design Combo

Live outside the Niagara Region and interested in a natural garden design? This is a forty-minute online consultation and design for gardens up to 400 square feet for homeowners outside the Niagara Region. It includes a detailed plant list with horticultural information, including wildlife support, plant counts and sourcing suggestions, plant arrangement numbers, and a customized prep, installation, and management guide.

Once a consultation is purchased, a pdf format questionnaire will be sent to you. Ten to fourteen days after your information is finalized, you will receive a custom portfolio and a request to set up an online meeting to discuss any questions you have. All documents are delivered electronically. There is no limit to the number of times the Combo can be purchased.
Package Cost is $699. An additional 40-minute online meeting can be arranged for $80. Rough (handdrawn) planting plans are available for an additional fee.