Sustainable Landscape Design Salem Oregon

   Sustainable Landscape Design:  Good for You... Good for the Planet!

             Using knowledge, pragmatism, and creativity to help you build your paradise

  Salamander Designs


Salamander Designs specializes in designing landscapes that are organic, lower maintenance, beautiful year-round, waterwise, and which incorporate native and edible plants.  JJ Sweeney, owner and lead Designer, takes pride in listening to each Client, helping them determine their needs and desires, and then helping them bring their vision and dreams to fruition.  JJ also loves to teach, whether coaching Clients, lecturing for various organizations, or teaching workshops on numerous gardening topics (see bottom of “Services” page).



  Early Spring is in full swing:  Camellias, Hellebores, Ericas, spring Bulbs, Pieris, Cherries, Magnolias, Evergreen Clematis, Forsythia, Flowering Quince, Oregon Grape, Brunnera, Epimedium, Pulmonaria, Beesia, Bleeding Hearts... ya gotta love it!  And the birds are returning and courting and nesting.  The earth awakens.

  I am only doing consultations and classes/presentations at this time, but I can give you ideas, information, plant suggestions, good advice, and a vision, and can help you develop or learn about lower maintenance landscaping, waterwise landscaping, naturescaping, native plants, year-round beauty, lawn alternatives, organic gardening, and other concerns.

  If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation, please feel free to email me using the link at the bottom of most pages.

  Thank you for visiting!

Why Hire a Landscape Designer?

  1. 1. to prevent costly mistakes and save time, energy, and money

  2. 2. to provide a plan to follow over time if installation must be done in stages

  3. 3. to help create privacy, tranquility and security, a place to play, share and socialize, and/or a place to grow food

  4. 4. to create habitat for birds, bees, butterflies, ladybugs, or whatever you might want to attract!

  5. 5. to help you conserve water, reduce pollutants, produce oxygen, reduce noise levels, prevent erosion

  6. 6. to satisfy your aesthetic, functional, budgetary, time, energy, and spiritual needs

  7. 7. because a well-designed landscape can reduce heating and cooling costs

  8. 8. because a well-designed landscape increases property value and creates a positive first impression

In addition:

No one knows plants better than a landscape designer, and the designer can be your guide, coach, and advocate throughout the process.

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NOTICE - Dear potential clients:

I have taken on a teaching job with Salem-Keizer Public Schools, and therefore am only taking on new clients for consultations only during the school year.  If you need additional assistance beyond the consultation, as long as it’s a very small job that I can do during holidays or Summer, I am happy to help.  Otherwise, as much as I hate to lose you, you might want to consider a Designer who can help you throughout a larger, longer-lasting job.