30 Years of Outstanding Service
30 Years of Outstanding Service
Gardens for Living is a landscape design, installation and maintenance company based in Asheville, North Carolina. After 30 years, we still have a passion for gardens, and we are still designing and installing landscapes that enhance lives all over Western North Carolina.
Our company was founded by John Phillips in 1983, and fueled by the desire to create landscapes that are exceptional in form, function, and beauty.
Maintenance Account Manager
“John Phillips, the owner of Gardens for Living, does an excellent job of listening to what the customer wants to accomplish. He takes that information and applies his expert knowledge and creative spirit. He guided us through the process, helping us to choose plants and trees that would grow well in the designated areas. The end product is a beautiful design, with a variety of lovely, sustainable plantings. John was pleasant, easy to work with and respectful of budget concerns. You know that he enjoys what he does. The value of our home is greatly enhanced by the beauty of our landscaping. Gardens for Living continues to maintain our yard. All of the original appeal has only improved over time!”
John Phillips of Gardens for Living designed the exterior environment of our newly constructed home in Asheville, and transformed secondary growth woods into an informal garden that beautifully blends into the surrounding woods. The project involved contouring the land, artfully designing steps from rock, placing landscaping lighting and planting an abundance of perennials. John listened carefully to our suggestions and created a landscape that exceeded our expectations.
“John Phillips and Gardens for Living did a fabulous job on our yard! We get all kinds of oohs and ahhs when friends see our yard for the first time. We live on the golf course so it’s important that the back yard look as good as the front. Thanks to John, it does! When we purchased our home, I didn’t like our ‘red’ colored roof shingles and planned on changing them out. Thanks to John using plants like a Japanese Maple and Dogwoods that have a reddish/purple hue, I don’t mind the roof at all. I figure John actually saved us money there! In the back yard, John created a design that unified the different parts of the yard. We went from a “plant zoo” with one of too many different plants, to a design that flows and invites you in to explore. We’ve used John and Gardens for Living for design, planting and maintenance for almost three years and wouldn’t think of hiring anyone else. We highly recommend John Phillips and Gardens for Living!”
John, Shane and their staff completely remodeled our landscape (if you could call it that before they came) this summer. Unbelievable transformation. They were able to use many of the plants and hardscape items already in place while adding new elements to give our urban home a modern outdoor feel. They were very fast, thorough and we could not be happier with the results. What was once an eye sore and the “downside” of our home – is now the feature and our haven. I do not think another company in town could have done such an amazing job – especially in the short time they did it! Would (and have) recommend them to anyone from a basic spruce up to a completely new and extensive landscape.
We take great pride in the ongoing relationships we have formed with our clients over the years. It is a privilege to maintain their landscapes and see them grow and evolve, as every great garden should.