BEAUTIFUL - LOW MAINTENANCE - COLORFUL
What To Do With My Slope?
You have probably looked at your slope in frustration. Perhaps you just don't know what to do. Maybe you have tried to do it yourself, only to have in not look exactly as you imagined. Slopes can be challenging...but also absolutely beautiful and low maintenance if done the right way.
When I bought my current house I hated my front slope. There were plants there from the previous owner, but it certainly didn't look lush, full, and beautiful.
And the weeding!!
Since I have a degree in Landscape Architecture at Rutgers University and professional training, I knew what needed to be done.
Like most slopes, the design had to be full to almost eliminate weeding.
The plants needed to be drought tolerant.
I wanted low maintenance. (Who doesn't?)
I wanted lots of color, textures and a variety of beautiful plants.
It's easy to make mistakes and waste money (and serious time) on a poor design. You have to worry about all the following...
Plus...there are all these concerns. (And rightfully so!)
These plans are perfect for you if you live in Zones 3 - 7
shown below in green.
Value in Landscaping
There was a study done by the American Society of Landscape Architects in conjunction with Money Magazine. A recovery value of 100% to 200% of landscaping costs can be gained when you sell you home.
Why I Created My Landscape Design Package
This was created to help people who:
This is a set of 5 professional, easy-to-use and affordable design plans which plant sizes, plant varieties, seasonal color, deer issues, plant substitutions, scaled drawings and plant lists with details for implementation.
And plant photos of all plants in the designs.
Visit the FAQ section located at the bottom of this page.
How Much Does This
Landscape Design Package Cost?
It costs less than if you hired me to do a professional design for you. (Custom designs start at $500)
Credentials, Experience and Recognition
Featured in the following magazines and TV show
My name is Susan Schlenger. I am a professional landscape designer possessing more than 20 years of experience in designing versatile gardens and breathtaking landscapes for properties across the United States.
Many of my designs incorporate features such as exciting plantings, walls, walkways, ponds, pools, patios, pergolas, decks, and driveways. Here is a brief summary of my professional background.
This Old House Magazine, October 2016
Designed by Susan Schlenger
Custom designs start at $500
• What do I do if the length of my slope is different than the design I chose to use?
You will need to add or subtract plants so that they will fit. I explain exactly how to do that in the instructions. Drawings are done completely to scale so that you can measure anything you like.
• How can I be sure the deer won’t eat the plants?
I would never want this to happen! So I have provided a list of plants that deer like to eat and substitutions for each of these plants with plants that deer generally stay away from.
• What if a plant on the list is not available?
Most of the plants should be readily available, but in case you cannot find some of them, I have provided a separate list with substitutions for every plant in the designs.
• What if my area is mostly sunny but I do have some shady areas?
The plants in the designs are mostly for sunny conditions. On the plant list, you will find the sun/shade conditions for each plant. Therefore, you can substitute plants as needed.
• How do I print out the drawing?
Instructions are provided. The drawings are in PDF format. Send the drawing file to a printer, such as Staples. You can also put it on a zip drive and bring it to the printer.
• How do I make sure the drawing I print out is to scale so that everything fits correctly?
There is a scale bar at the bottom of the drawing which you can check. Directions are provided.
• Can I buy different plant sizes other than what is specified on the list?
Yes. The sizes to buy the plants at are just my recommendations.
• How do I measure out where the plants go?
The designs are drawn to scale at 1"=10'. Everything on the drawing can be measured.
• Will the plants get too large for their spaces?
No. The plants are drawn at or near their mature sizes and I have selected the right sized plants for the slope.
• How do I know how to water my plants and how much they need?
I have provided detailed instructions.
• How do I plant the plants and do I need to change or add to the existing soil?
I have provided detailed instructions.
• How much care do the plants take? I want low maintenance!
Most of the plants are definitely low maintenance. Perennials need to be cut down once per year, either in the fall or spring.
• Will I have to trim the plants? Should I?
This will typically not be necessary, except for a stray branches. I don't like trimming plants either! There are just a few on the lists that will need some trimming, but hardly any.
• How do I know how to space the plants?
They can be measured out on the design which is drawn to scale. Measurements should be from plant center to plant center.
• Will I have a lot of color?
Yes! The designs are created so that you will have lots of color with a mix of perennials, flowering shrubs, evergreen shrubs, flowering or colorful trees and ground cover. If you look at the designs on my website, you will see that I love color!
• How do I know what the plants look like?
I know you can always Google a plant, but how tedious! I have provided plant photos for every plant in the designs!
• Who is this NOT for?
This product is not for you if you want a completely customized design. Although the designs offered will fit most slopes, some people may have to adjust slightly, as mentioned above. For a customized design, please contact me.