Good landscape design is an art and a science. One informs the other. We firmly believe in this alchemy as we create gardens that are low-maintenance, long lasting, balance both function and beauty, and that are firmly integrated within the context of your home, region, and lifestyle. We’ve built our reputation on our extensive knowledge of climate appropriate flora, and use of high-quality materials. We love collaborative opportunities to work with talented contractors and craftsmen, and we continue to push against the notion that sophisticated landscape design is only for those with the deepest pockets. Please don't hesitate to reach out to discuss your next project. Read more
... James listened carefully to my preference for a Northwest native style landscape with less lawn and lots of ferns, rhodies, and other rain-loving yet colorful and varied flora. ... Whereas the master planning was a collaborative effort between James and I to get the most out of my lot, I definitely relied on his excellent plant knowledge for the selection and grouping of trees, shrubs and perennials. I know that when this landscape matures it will be a showcase and a pleasure to maintain and enjoy throughout the seasons. Many thanks James!Original recommendation
I hired James to do an extensive re-design of both our front and back yard and we are very pleased with the end result. Our front yard faces south and includes a steep slope, while the back is flat and shadier. After a handful of discussions, James developed thoughtful plans, helped me locate a professional to install the stone work and then he personally handled all the planting himself. The change is dramatic and we get complements on it all the time. I've since had him out a few times to give me maintenance advice. He has always been responsive and punctual and his knowledge of plants is superb. Nice guy too.Original recommendation
Summary & Headline: James at Garden Stories is professional, honest, hard working and trustworthy. I would highly recommend his work for landscape design/build project needs. He outperformed our expectations on all levels. ...Original recommendation
Overall, we had an excellent experience working with James and will surely use him again as we tackle more home/yard landscape projects.
James/Garden Stories to a wonderful job landscaping my front and backyard. I knew more what I didn't want than what I wanted. Yard had areas of full sun to full shade. He listened and gave me a low maintenance/drought tolerant landscape with a lot of variety. This is going to be a spectacular place in a few years. James was a pleasure to work with on this undertaking and I couldn't be more pleased. Had a great contact also for front fence and backyard pergola that also did a beautiful job. I would highly recommend him without reserve. Thanks James!Original recommendation
We couldn't be more pleased with our yard. James created a landscape that is inviting and low maintenance. We like his recommendation of native plants and his re-use of materials already in our yard. It looks good year round!Original recommendation