A Native Garden

Design Matrix

Design Matrix



What is your main goal or job one?



Are you designing for:  Please check all that apply

  • Privacy
  • Noise reduction
  • Dust reduction
  • Fire mitigation
  • Edibles
  • Wildlife- encouraging/dissuading
  • Butterfly
  • Hummingbird
  • BBQ dining
  • Relaxation area
  • Sunset or rise watching
  • Spa
  • Play ground
  • Children
  • Play sets, yard, sand box, trampoline
  • Pets:
  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Horses
  • Livestock
  • Other – Please list 

Do you or your family members have allergies:

  • Plant
  • Insect 
  • Pollen
  • Dust


What is your garden style?

  • English Country garden
  • Desert
  • Rose
  • Modern


What are your favorite colors?

  • Cool – blues and whites
  • Hot – red and yellow


Is your perfect garden formal, informal or wild?


Do you like to putter in the garden, i.e. dead head, trim leaves, sweep, pick up etc.


Do you want your garden to have immediate impact, or do you want to let it evolve?


Do you have favorite plants? List your top 5 and what you like about them.



Time Frame

Do you live here full time?  


How much of the year?


Will there be someone to tend the property while you're away?   


How often?


How long to you plan on living on the property?

  • House is on the market
  • 3-5 years
  • 10 + years
  • Til forever


Do you want to work on the garden area by area or as one project?


What construction projects are planned?

  • Buildings
  • Retaining
  • Grading
  • Pool 
  • Water feature
  • Fence
  • Walks
  • BBQ
  • Lanai
  • Hot tub
  • Patio 


Do you have a building or landscape contractor?


Have you applied for permits?


What needs to be done to prepare site for planting?


Do you need an irrigation system Installed?


If so does it need to be altered or updated?



Do you need to correct the drainage?


If so do you need to build retaining walls or remove soil?



Are there plants which will stay?


In your community are there any restrictions on:

  • View
  • Plant removal 
  • Types of plants
  • Water
  • Construction
  • Drainage


Do you have a budget?


Who is going to do the work?


What is your time frame

  • Now
  • 3-6 months
  • 6-12 months
  • Next year