About Me
A Professional Landscape Designer

Landscape design is something that most people find very confusing.

That used to be me, many years ago. I loved the plants and admired beautiful gardens. But I didn't know how to even begin!

After getting a degree in psychology (which I never did anything with) and then having a retail store (which was going down, down, down), I started thinking, "What am I going to do with my life?"

One day I was visiting the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and came upon the most beautiful landscape tree that I ever saw. It was a very old Beech tree, huge and majestic. I was totally enchanted and something came over me. The only way to explain it is that it was like a spiritual envelope. I know...sounds dramatic. But it's true.

I had loved gardens for a long time. So I went back to school and got a degree in Landscape Architecture from Rutgers University. And now I absolutely love what I do!

By the way, the images you find on this site are mostly my own projects and designs. Sometimes I purchase photos or use photos by others to show a particular example. Usually this is noted next to the image.

After 16 years of experience, I understand many of the problems that people face when it comes to landscape design.

  • I understand that some people want to know how to create a planting design.
  • Others want a new patio, but are confused as to how to design it and which materials to choose.
  • Some people have drainage problems.
  • Many are looking to make their driveway more interesting.
  • Then there are those who would like a swimming pool - another complicated undertaking!
  • And so on.

But almost everyone wants a creative design, one that will be beautiful and admired. This site will provide information to help you achieve that.

Many of my designs have won awards.

And I would love to create a professional landscape design for you so that you, your friends and family will say "wow"!

I live and work in New Jersey, but I also provide online designs for any location at all.

If you live in New Jersey, I offer consultations at your home, landscape designs and optional project management.

Call me at 908-574-5177 or Email Me.

Don't live in my area? I can still create a beautiful, professional design for you. See just of the few testimonials I have received on the upper right of this page. Give me a call or email me for more information.

Although I provide custom designs, these might not be in your price range.

More Affordable Options

Professional Package of Front Yard Landscape Designs

Professional Package of Landscape Design for Slopes

Each of these packages contain 5 complete designs, plant photos of all plants in the designs, plant lists, plant substitutes, detailed directions, etc.

Please enjoy this site. If you would like to learn even more about me, read about the awards I have received and see many of my projects, you may do so by visiting Susan Schlenger Landscape Design.

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(Just a few of the many I have received from clients throughout the U.S. and Canada)

Oh, Susan!
We do LOVE this design.  It's everything that I wanted. I completely love that you've integrated Grasses and Roses and Purple Coneflower and Salvia and oh it will be beautiful.  I cannot wait to have it completed!
Thank you!"
Jill, Maryland - June 4, 2013

Hi Susan,
Thank you for putting so much thought into the design. We really like it, especially the curvilinear shape with clean lines. I love the curved seat wall and hypothetical placement of furniture, the shape of the path, etc.
Elaine, Pennsylvania

"Susan,  what a pleasure it was to work with you.  You made me feel like I was your only client - responding late at night and always so quickly!  Your design is amazing and we only hope we can do justice to it when we plant.  You have such fantastic ideas and you are so open to suggestions and changes.  Loved working with you - now if you could only come to Canada and plant it!!!"
Helen, Ontario-Canada - March 24, 2013

Not only did Susan come up with a design that gave me everything I wanted, she also gave me what’s most important…every person I have shown her design to has said “wow”.I can’t wait for the project to start so I can watch her ideas come to life!"
Margaret, Albany, NY - February 25, 2012