Earth TonesNative Plant Nursery and Landscapes Portfolio of design and installations
Our Mission Earth Tones provides landscape design using a 100% Native Plant Palette. We are dedicated to finding ecological approaches to fit every unique site. Our mission is to create aesthetically pleasing landscapes while also improving water quality, wildlife habitat and biodiversity.
Waterfront Property on Lake Lillinonah, Brookfield, CT Design Intent: Create a landscape that allows access and enjoyment of lakeside, while improving the health of the Lake.
Lake Lillinonah, Brookfield CTinitial site conditions… Issues to address: -Remove rotting timber tie wall and steps. -Create access to existing dock -Create sitting areas near water -address water runoff and improve water quality -remove invasive plant species
Existing Conditionremove timber tie wall, modify slope, install stone retaining and steps to dock area
Note existing path for road and driveway runoff.
Start with a Concept Plan
Create a Plan View
View from Water
Rain Garden Detail
Cut and Fill Section Views
Deconstruction Late in season, deconstruction phase
Shaping, setting rock and stone steps securing hillside to overwinter
View from entrance to lower patio and to firepit area. Upper patio not yet completed. View from dock
Spring planting and finish Firepit area from dock View from Fire pit looking back towards dock area and Rain garden
To Fire Pit Sitting Area Path to fire pit sitting area At fire pit
New House ConstructionMiddlebury, CT Design intent: Create a landscape that blends with surrounding natural environment. (and no lawn!)
Initial site conditions
Into the second growing season.
From the porch looking out into landscape
Stone and landscaping continued to surround new barn
Transition from landscaped area to surrounding woods with pathway to access walking trails
DesignRoxbury, CT Design Intent:
Find the front door!
Lead the eye and create an inviting way to the front door.
Regrade to stop flooding into garage.
Roxbury, CTProblem: where is the front door?And address flooding issues Flooding Low point Direct eye to front entrance (around the corner)
Plan View/ Concept Plan
View of Front Entrance Section View with Rain Garden
Rain GardensLow Impact Development A rain garden is a simple, yet beautiful way to improve water quality and reduce flooding by collecting runoff and allowing it to percolate back into the ground. A rain garden is a shallow depression created in the landscape which is planted with native plants. Rain gardens are designed to hold water for less than 48hrs.
Small, sunny rain gardenCollecting roof runoff from gutter. Water directed to rain garden by buried pipes.
Versitile! This rain garden collects water from roof runoff and footing drains. Newly planted with ferns. Note the drain hidden by rocks
Small, shaded Rain Garden with decorative stone
This rain garden was designed to blend into patio design This photo was taken during the height of the storm. It captures roof run off directed by pipes underground and is part of the pea stone patio. Fire pit sitting area with Rain garden in background.
This Rain Garden was incorporated into an existing meadow. The Splash pad captures and slows the initial force of the water then the water slowly spreads out into the rest of the rain garden basin.
Erosion Control Planusing Rain Gardens in Lakeville, CT
Lakeville, CT Views of the overall slope, swales and rain garden plantings
Rain GardensWest Hartford, CT Design intent: Capture roof runoff and water from curtain drains. Protect quality of the Lake.
This design has two rain gardens and weep walls. The weep walls allow water to slowly “weep” through the stone. If there is a heavy rainfall, then the water that moves through the wall will have plenty of vegetation downhill to absorb it West Hartford, CT
West Hartford Rain Garden with Weep Wall Construction Sloped site Construction of basin and wall
Construction Phase Backfill with sand for drainage 2in plugs placed and ready for planting
Upper rain garden Lower rain garden looking up towards the top rain garden. West Hartford, CT
Photo Gallery of other Projects
Fun with RocksNew Preston, CT Entrance
Table and chairs New Preston, CT
Water feature designed to be a Sphagnum Peat Bog and used as an educational tool. It has since been planted and now has a plethora of plant material and creates habitat for many species Earth Tones Nursery Woodbury, CT
Pergola and Plantings Earth Tones Nursery Woodbury, CT
Front Entrance Dry Stream Bed Representation Xeric Scape Publishing Firm Oxford, CT