Landscape Design & Consultation Services

We offer a range of landscape design and consultation services, either here at the nursery or on site at your location. See below for details. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make an appointment, get our current rates, or to discuss your project. Our printable design questionnaire can be helpful but is not required.

General plant help at the nursery:

Our experienced sales staff can help you make educated plant choices when you come to shop or peruse. The more information you can share with them, the better they can help you make appropriate selections. Sun exposure, soil type, deer pressure, irrigation methods, color preferences, mature height and width needs/limitations, and overall size of your space are just some considerations to be aware of.

Dropping in and working with staff is limited to availability and busyness (customer volume).

Shooting Star Nursery landscape design example
Modern landscape design for an Ashland client

Dedicated consult session at the nursery:

For more extensive assistance, we offer one-on-one, 55-minute landscape design and consultation sessions with one of our design staff. This is a great service if you have a small bed or project that you need advice on. We can also help with interpreting or adjusting a set of plans.

In one of these sessions, we can typically do quick sketches, formulate a plant list or offer planting and maintenance advice. A 55-minute session is $40, and is available by appointment only. We request that you provide measurements, sketches, photos, site conditions (like sun exposure and soil) and any other information that may be pertinent for a successful consultation. Our design questionnaire can be helpful but is not required.

Potted arrangements for all seasonsDesign and/or consultation on site:

For more personalized and in-depth consultation, we offer design services at your site for an hourly rate, and you will receive 10% off any resulting plant purchases pertaining to that session.

With two designers on staff, Shooting Star Nursery offers design and consultation services tailored to suit your needs. Serving both residential and commercial/landscaper customers, we love to help folks get on the right track to success with regionally appropriate plant suggestions and advice on sustainable practices.  Christie or Bonni will come to your site for an assessment and consulting/planning session.  They can help flesh out a concept or vision in just about any design style to complement your property, structures and personality, and with maintenance requirements from high to super low.  Some of their specialties include: shifting to more drought tolerance, working around deer and other pesky critters, creating habitat for pollinators and birds, naturalistic privacy screens, and considering fire-wise options.  They are well versed in the many challenges this valley has to offer, and strive to bring beauty and utility to all spaces — from tiny to expansive.

Listing of services includes, but is not limited to:

  • Designing new gardens
  • Editing/updating existing landscapes
  • General consulting about your yard
  • Edible landscapes, fruit trees and veggie gardens
  • Container gardening and/or potted arrangements
  • Plant lists and selection
  • Plant layout (we arrange plants, you plant them)
  • Soil amendment and irrigation advice
  • Plant care instructions
  • Advice or training on pruning and maintenance
stone garden path with flowering groundcoversGarden and landscape design services

Designers will visit your site to assess and discuss the scope of your project, learn about your goals and help create a plan for how to achieve them.  Many times, a rough sketch and/or plant list is all that is needed to articulate your vision and create a planting composition. Hands on involvement with plant placement services can accompany this approach.  When more detail and precision is desired/required, the designer will develop a measured, scaled design back at our office.  Our designs are hand drawn and come with a plant list to assist in your plant research. Customers often meet with the designer at the nursery for direct involvement in final plant selection.  On-site consultations can also be used to discuss existing landscapes - new and old.  Designers can identify plants and give maintenance tips, assess and address any issues you may have, answer general questions about your space and make suggestions for editing/updating plantings.

Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make an appointment, get our current rates, or to discuss your project. Our design questionnaire can be helpful in considering and articulating what is important to you for your project but is not required.

Shooting Star designers specialize in design, plant selection, layout, and consultation. We do not provide detailed plans for irrigation, lighting or engineered hardscape such as decks, patios, sidewalks, and retaining walls, but will take them into account in your planting design. We do not install or maintain landscapes, but will offer consultation on maintenance, care, and pruning.  We can also recommend professionals to contact for those services. 

Highlighted Landscape Projects:

Before and After at Vista 222

Shooting Star Nursery was contracted for landscape design at Vista 222,  an Applegate Valley event venue and winery. Below are before and after photos showing the transformation from grass-covered sloping hillside to inviting terraced pollinator garden that is also deer resistant and drought tolerant. See more photos from this project.

After: Year Two

A Community Garden

Shooting Star Nursery worked with a landowner and Southern Oregon Monarch Advocates to design a community garden way station for monarch butterflies, providing year around habitat for native pollinators.  Read the Mail Tribune article about this project, "A community waystation sprouts in the city" by Rhonda Nowak.

community garden project medford
Photo by Rhonda Nowak | Christie Mackison, right, of Shooting Star Nursery designed the garden with more than 50 different kinds of natives and other pollinator-friendly plants.