Residential Landscape Design

Our Design Process

Design Consultation

Call us at 414-622-0103 or email us to set up an appointment.


We will prepare a design proposal for your approval after the initial appointment.

Measure & Record Existing Conditions

We will discuss your project goals and needs and analyze existing site conditions.

Design Concept

Create an overarching theme or idea that creates a design experience.

Seek Client Feedback & Approval

Final Design Plan

The final plan with hardscape details, plant quantities and placement is drawn up with revisions.

Design Installation

Let us assist you to find a landscape contractor to install the project or help you procure the plant materials for your DIY project.

Helianthus designs environmentally sustainable landscapes
Helianthus designs environmentally sustainable landscapes

“I would characterize the experience of working with James and Kristi as one where we felt really listened to and understood. They met us where we are at, managing to design an inviting landscape plan despite our boring goal of “simple and easy to maintain”. We have received a ton of compliments from our neighbors on our front yard. A bonus is being able to watch all the bees, pollinators and birds enjoying our new plants – a signal to me that we took strides towards the broader design goal of habitat remediation.”

Val B.
Whitefish Bay, WI

“Kristi was thorough in her work, and eager to share her knowledge. She spent time to clarify my needs and wants before embarking upon the work, and during the property walk-around she shared all kinds of helpful insights about invasive species and plants, helping me identify what I might want to replace and what I can protect (and nurture) through maturity. Her report was icing on the cake, formalizing our discussion, and providing additional visual ideas, options, and resources to consider.”

Kimberly F.
Milwaukee, WI

“Our design and documentation phase with James was a smooth and an enjoyable process. He worked with our plant preferences, our goals and overall feel of the landscape we wanted to achieve. We highly recommend James.”

Gregg R.
Gurnee, IL

Helianthus LLC completed a very comprehensive landscape plan for the front garden façade of my stone cottage-look home. Kristi and James took the time to sit down with me to go over my project goals. There were some general things that I knew I wanted and those ideas were respectfully taken into account and even enhanced while new ideas were also incorporated.

The artistic yet compassionate attention to the era of the home shown in the presented plan was so impressive! The perennials and small trees were unique for the neighborhood (because they weren’t the standard boring standbys, yet were easy to find locally.) It made me so happy that my ideas were incorporated into the professional and very artistic plan.

Stephanie L.
Homeowner and Real Estate Agent

Contact Us

To discuss your project, contact us below or call 414-622-0103.