About Jim

Helping you in your steps for a perfect landscape!

Jim Doenges owner of Sustainable Landscape Garden Design, is celebrating 45 years as a professional landscape designer. Jim specializes in residential landscape design and embraces the philosophy of utilizing color, balance, harmony, serenity and peace through quality horticulture. He builds in four seasons of interest with every garden and believes garden design is living art and treats the design as an artistic composition. Jim believes the magic begins with the peripheral vision of the end user and builds the composition in layers of texture and form. The composition becomes very fluid and alive with movement. This technique allows the participation of the individual to embrace all of their senses when interacting with the results of the garden composition.

Jim strongly believes in the principles of sustainability and in the commitment to managing your property in a way that maintains environmental integrity. Jim’s thoughts are to use native vegetation and utilize the natural shapes of the plants so as to capitalize on the seasonal qualities. The end result is the garden must make you feel good the day the installation is complete and must get better with age.

Steps for a perfect


• Schedule an on site 30-minute consultation.
• Prior to scheduled on site consultation fill out questionnaire located on the contact us page and send to Jim.
• Meet on site and discuss your vision and desires.
• Jim will think through our discussion and submit a design proposal.


  • Upon acceptance of design proposal Jim will dimension out the property and build an in-scale base map locating all existing elements and do a thorough inventory of all existing gardens and vegetative features.
  • Once base map is completed Jim will begin to develop a schematic design to present to home owner.
The Designer will begin by carefully analyzing the requirements of the site, interpreting the Client’s aesthetic and budgetary requirements, and factoring in the requirements of any pertinent local codes. Designer will then create an in-scale schematic design consisting of a preliminary working drawing of a landscape that reflects positively on the Client’s property and the adjoining neighborhood. Designer will present the schematic design to the Client for possible changes and/or approval. Once the design is approved, Designer will create all finalized drawings.

Throughout the design process:
• The overall landscape design will be treated as an extension of the architectural style of the home. Emphasis will be on enhancing primary views and masking undesirable ones, while creating privacy with a feeling of openness. Architectural garden elements such as water features, statuary, and furnishings will also be incorporated whenever and wherever possible..

• The planting design will achieve an aesthetically pleasing space by using a mix of in-ground and containerized plantings to include shrubs, perennials, vines, turf, ground cover, and trees that will provide a lush foliage as well as seasonal color in flowers, leaves, and fruit. Other such design considerations may include a rose garden, herb garden, cut flower garden, vegetable garden, or orchard. If local guidelines dictate water conservation efforts, the plant materials specified will have low water requirements or be drought tolerant. This design element will project the probable maintenance requirements for the landscape, and the Client’s budget.

• All hardscape design elements and materials will be specified, including but not limited to patios, decks, walls, fences, gates, landings, steps, retaining walls, walkways, arbors, pergolas, pools, ponds, spas, waterfalls, and fountains. The materials for the redesign or reworking of any existing hardscaped areas will be specified.

Upon completion of drawings, we will schedule an on site meeting to review drawings and adjoining documents, i.e.: materials list, a fair market value estimate and pictures of all proposed plants. During this discussion we will talk about the order of bloom and the maintenance requirements to get the garden established



    Do you want to participate in the garden or just look at it?
    Do you want to incorporate any edibles in the garden composition?