I selected Lindsay and Hearts Content Gardens after my initial meeting with Lindsay. My backyard was a disaster - the only word for it - it was piles of mud, ripped out interlock pavers from the old patio that got dug up during some excavating/waterproofing work and trees that had to go. I had a vision for it though and she understood what I wanted from the beginning. While I met with a few other companies, all of whom were friendly, seemed competent and had good reviews, I just knew that Lindsay was the right person and the best choice for me. I am a hands-on gardener which was taken into account in the scope - I didn't want a cookie cutter garden that requires little to no work - I wanted something creative and different, dog-proof (well, as dog-proof as you can get) and where I can get my hands in the dirt on weekends. I also wanted extra space in the flower beds to add plants myself.
When Lindsay brought the design over we reviewed it, tweaked a few elements and agreed on the budget and the plan.
The overall design included a brand new patio, fencing down one side of the property for privacy, new sod and decorative rock &stone elements as well as the plants. Here we are, a few weeks' later and 90% of the project is complete. The patio, fence and beds are done with the majority of the plants that went in yesterday - all that remains to be done is planting 1 tree, the roses and the lawn but it is still too early for these.
Lindsay uses excellent partners (patio & fencing) who were a pleasure to work with and delivered exactly what I wanted and who cleaned up after their work was done, which is so important. Her own crew are friendly and helpful and did a fantastic job too.
I am so grateful that the team was able to get my garden sorted out so early in the season - reducing the amount of mud on doggies' paws coming into the house - and giving me a space I actually want to spend time in. I can't wait for the weather to finally warm up so I can enjoy my new, private oasis. Next year the front garden Lindsay!!
The attached photos are before and during and I will add the "finished" photos when all the elements, including sod with the embedded flagstone path have been completed in a few weeks from now.
I would not hesitate to recommend Hearts Content Gardens to anyone and I thank you Lindsay for sticking to my project budget (!), for working so patiently with me and my frequent requests for information and ideas on plants, especially the last minute inclusion of a small shrub in memory of my mother - that means the world to me.