Sunflower Designs - Landscape & Garden Design

7 Barbara Drive, Bristol, RI, US, 02809
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Sunflower Designs - Landscape & Garden Design

Sunflower Designs is a landscape and garden design firm based in Bristol, Rhode Island. Owner and designer Brooke Merriam works closely with homeowners to create custom outdoor settings throughout Rhode Island and southeast Massachusetts.

Sunflower Designs landscapes are the ideal place to experience and enjoy nature, which is why Brooke Merriam utilize ecologically responsible design principles. Through the use of sustainable plants, appropriate hardscape materials, and sound horticultural practices, they can create landscapes that are functional, easy to maintain, attractive to birds and butterflies, (or toads and snakes if you prefer!) but don’t require large amounts of water, pesticides or fertilizers.


  • Landscape Design Services - All Designs include the following steps.
    • Client Meeting/Needs Analysis: They discuss your concerns, needs & desires for your landscape. Do you want more privacy? An outdoor kitchen? A water feature? A play area? An edible garden?
    • Site Survey:  They assess the strengths & weaknesses of the site. For example, are there good views that they want to take advantage of, or an eyesore that needs screening? Is one part of the yard especially windy, or wet, or hot and dry? Are their drainage issues to address? Will the site need grading before landscaping?
    • Create a Plan: Depending on the complexity of the job, this step may include a concept plan, a preliminary plan and a final planting or "Master Plan". The end result of all projects is a Master Plan which will include all aspects of your design, including hardscape and planting specifications. You will receive a CAD blueprint of your plan.
  • Project Management  - Brooke Merriam work with you to get bids and select a contractor (or contractors in some cases) to install your project and then work with them to oversee the installation of the design.
  • Consultations - Perfect for the homeowner with an established landscape who wants some ideas to spruce up an area, is looking for some plant suggestions for a particular site, or just wants some tips on maintaing their garden. This service does not include any drawn up designs, but can be the first step in the design process. Provided on a hourly basis.
  • Maintenance - Garden maintenance services such as pruning, deadheading and weeding are available to design clients and are especially recommended for the first year after installation of a garden.