The Design Process

Whether designing a new yard or renovating an existing one Loretta works with clients to create unique and functional outdoor spaces with appropriate maintenance and watering requirements. A complete landscape master plan includes two or more visits with the client. The first visit involves gather information from the client and the landscape. Next a colored preliminary plan of the designed area showing ideas discussed is developed and presented. From that visit the final scaled landscape plan is developed. The final plan includes plant additions and removals, layout of patios, decks, retaining walls, landscape features, turf and planting bed areas in plan view. A complete material list is included with the plan.



Water-wise Landscapes

Colorado is a dry state with an average annual precipitation of 17 inches. Fort Collins average is 15 inches per year. Many variables affect our precipitation from year to year and we are faced with the fact that Colorado receives new water supplies from only one source, precipitation. Therefore any day without rain, snow or hail may be the beginning of our next drought. Xeriscape (water zoned) landscapes are the most economical and sustainable in our climate. Plans based on xeriscape principles and containing regionally native or adapted plants are Loretta's specialty.