The following slideshows illustrate projects I have designed, and an assortment of the native plants I frequently use in my work.

Designed Landscapes

I hope these photos of my work will give you a good idea about my particular style and approach to creating comfortable home landscapes. Here you can see that I favor using Goshen Stone native to my region and/or other locally-harvested stone, and that my style tends to be relaxed and informal, but that even formal designs can be made inviting and livable. You can also see an assortment of native plants "in action" here in my designs.

Favorite Native Plants

Please enjoy here a small sample of the hundreds of beautiful plants native to western New England, where most of my projects are located. In every project, my goal is to have at least 80-90% of the plants be regionally-native, and to avoid using ornamental varieties whose flowers, foliage or fruit do not contribute to local bio-diversity.

Some Sample Plans

Below is a collection of plans and drawings I have created for my projects. Where noted, two or more plans show different aspects of the same project. All of these images together give you a good representation of my design style and the hand-drawing I do for all projects. Please take a look at the "Designed Landscapes" portfolio to see some of my built landscapes. They, too, started out as drawings like these.

“Sue is a true asset to the New England region...both as a landscape design instructor and for her book Energy-Wise Landscape Design, which should be a required text for all landscape and architecture students. Sue’s approach to designing & building sustainable homes and landscapes is based in sound scientific and ecological principles, but she finds a way to present complex subject matter in a way that’s easily understood and absorbed.”