Wildlife Garden Design Options
*Complete your design (remote or deluxe) during the winter (December 1st - February 28th) to get $100 off your design fee!*
Show us around your property and we'll brainstorm with you about garden layouts, plant choices, management strategies, and more!
We'll ask questions about your budget, favourite colours & plants, what types of wildlife you're hoping to attract, pets, children, & allergies,
We'll take notes on the garden conditions including the size, degree of sloping, any existing plants, shade coverage, soil type, and water level.
We can sketch ideas so you can begin to visualize what the garden might look like straight away.
Already have an existing garden & want ideas for how to make it even more wildlife friendly? Or struggling with a specific problem in your garden? Feel free to book a site consultation too!
Begins with a questionnaire about the site conditions (amount of sun, type of soil, dimensions), as well as your personal preferences (colours, what sorts of animals you are looking to attract such as pollinators and songbirds).
We'll turn your ideas into a detailed digital garden map showing placement of each plant within the gardens, and recommended plant list including information on bloom time and wildlife interactions.
Throughout the process you have opportunities to make revisions to the design.
Once the design is settled, we also provide several 3D rendered 'views' to help you visualize what your garden will look like as well as a line by line quote to build the garden.
This is a great option for small garden spaces as well as clients outside of the GTA, as the whole design process happens online/ via phone calls
(includes site consultation)
For larger sites, full property projects, and gardens with existing plantings we recommend our Deluxe Design Package (initial site consultation + full garden design).
Our design will take into consideration whether the garden is located within an ecologically significant ecosystem such as in the Carolinian Life Zone, along a lakeshore, part of an alvar or old-growth forest habitat, or whether there are any at risk species in or around the property that the garden design could be tailored to benefit.
We will work with you to create the perfect design for you. The initial design fees include 3 opportunities to make changes to the design throughout the process; after the initial layout sketches are submitted,, once the 2D garden map & plant list is finished, and once more after the 3D rendered 'views' and pricing breakdown is submitted. We are happy to continue editing your design for you, however any further changes will have a $25/revision fee associated with them.
Wildlife Garden Installation
Once finished, our garden design is yours! You may choose to build the garden yourself, but we hope you will allow us to create your new garden for you
We also accept designs from other companies (or ones you have created yourself), however we will only build gardens that fit our 'wildlife friendly' focus. We're happy to work with you to alter your design to better serve the wildlife around you
We promise to stick to the agreed price, unless you choose to change or add design features during the build process in which case the price may vary.
We ask for a $100 down payment upfront, with the remaining fee due once the project is complete. For larger projects we can follow a payment plan that works best for you (installments based on completion of different stages of the garden).
We have connections with various native plant specialist providers to ensure all of your native plant dreams can come true! We will source and purchase your plants for you, as well as any non-plant wildlife features to ensure the highest quality (let us know if you are interested in coming along for some plant shopping - we're happy to show you where to buy native plants on your own too).
During the initial build we'll be coming to your site very regularly (even every day) to dig, mulch, and plant your beds as well as build any unique wildlife features included in your design. We promise to always let you know 24hrs in advance when we are planning on coming to your property
The following summer we will return once more for a FREE garden check-up, to check how the garden is doing & make any necessary changes as the garden develops.
Although we stop regularly visiting your site after the initial build, we're passionate about our gardens and are always happy to answer any questions you have about your new garden or stop by for a visit any time you like.
A successful wildlife garden should need very little maintenance once established! The garden is yours to enjoy and cherish - we'll provide detailed instructions of how to care for it, but basic watering and weeding is your responsibility. Young plants (especially trees) require a lot of water in their first year to establish their roots in the soil. Consider installing a drip irrigation system or using tree bags if you aren't able to commit to daily watering in the first year.
Slide across to see a Habitat Blooms garden before (left) vs one year later (right).
There is a common misconception that a wildlife garden means a messy 'wild' looking garden - but this is simply not true! Wildlife gardens can come in many sizes, shapes and forms. Here are some ideas of what YOUR garden could look like. Check out our Gallery for photos of some of our existing gardens.
Modern formal looking city garden utilizing native plants such as conifers, grasses and low-mainanance cheerful summer flowers with a raised stone bird bath water feature
Appartment balcony filled with potted wildflower arrangements, planted waterfeatures, and even a flowery beehouse
Suburban backyard wildflower meadow filled with pollinator friendly flowers, winding stepping stone pathways and a few native flowering trees
Raised Hugelkultur fruit, veggetable, and herb gardens that naturally return nutrients back to the soil over time, allowing you to grow all your favourites with half the work
Woodland oasis of native forest wildflowers in a shady corner - no more 'only hostas grow zones'
Dry riverbed and zeriscaping rain garden filled with water-loving native wetland plants that filter and absorb rain from your downspout providing you with a lush garden of colour all summer long
Farm property repurposed into a food forest of native fruiting trees, berry-producing vines and shrubs, and edible wildflowers to feed your family and the wildlife around you
Natural pond with native aquatic floating plants and stone waterfall, surrounded by colourful wetland wildflowers and reeds, complete with fish and frogs in a damp low area of the property where rainwater naturally gathers
Scree rock garden dotted with low growing native grasses, creeping wildflowers, lichen, and even Ontario's only native cactus to create a unique look that doesn't block your view of the surrounding area
Ecosystem restoration project such as rebuilding a forest, tall grass prarie, or natural shoreline
Above: photos taken of a gardenbed from digging to planting to one year later
Below: video of the same garden at the end of the first summer. Already it supports to much biodiversity and brought the owners much joy.
We love to see our gardens mature over the years and can't wait to share with you the joys of owning a wildlife garden!
Contact us now!