What our customers say about us


John Phillips and Gardens for Living completed a project at our mountain home including landscaping, building paths and a fire pit, improving a drainage problem, and building a large retention wall (done by his brother James). In all our interactions, we found John to be knowledgeable, creative and honest. The finished work is beautiful and we are thrilled! We give John and his company our highest recommendation.


John Phillips and his team are total professionals and lovely folks as well. The design plan and implementation were perfect for our small, but compacted, city infill property. They met deadlines, and discussed all aspects of the budget with me. They are the type of company where you just know they’ll do the right thing. — I highly recommend them. The quality they deliver with the attitude of respect and generosity is worth every cent we spent.


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 is very creative and brings a unique approach to each project. Whether you are a master gardener or a novice he will work with you to deliver a result that compliments your vision. His team is especially adept at hardscaping (boulder work, stone walls and paths, fire pits, etc). While the best is never cheap, John brings excellent value to his work. My highest recommendation!


“John has been involved in our project from beginning of construction to today. He designed our landscape, planted it and now handles maintenance. It is fantastic! Something is blooming all the time. The plantings fit in with the natural setting around us We recommend Gardens for Living to all our friends. They are great, dependable and best of all reasonably priced.”


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 have a home in Lake Lure, NC and Gardens for Living has done a fantastic job with our landscaping. The work was completed on time and on budget. John Phillips is extremely knowledgeable and is very creative. I would highly recommend him and Gardens for Living.


“John Phillips and The Gardens for Living Team is excellent in all they do. We have worked with them for years and they are part of our team that strives and succeeds at “Exceeding Expectations”. Their work is top notch from design to finish. Gardens for Living is a company that has high levels of integrity. We highly recommend them!”


“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!”

Interested in learning more about landscape design and how it can improve your home’s beauty?
Give us a call at 828.274.7225.