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From backyard oases of natural bounty to simply cleaning up invasives and planting native plants, we've done it all–in every climate, in every size and shape of yard.

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Urban Oasis

Sam was delighted at how she was able to transform her small backyard patio into a thriving garden in a limited amount of space. Her tiny space now contains many plants that produce food, including herbs, fruit trees, vegetables, and mushrooms.

$3k budget
400 sq. ft
back patio
66 plants
11 species
food
flowers
mushrooms
Ohio
Interior Forest
Urban oasis corner planter boxes
Urban oasis box closeup
Urban oasis Thrive Lot design
Urban oasis hanging plant closeup
Mushroom bed
Apple tree on patio
Edible flowers
Herbs from the back patio
Hanging herb basket to maximize space
Eggplant right outside the kitchen door

"My boring little back patio is now an enchanting and abundant garden complete with herbs, fruit, veggies and even mushrooms! All in about 400sf of space. Thank you Thrive Lot and Doug!”

Thrive Lot customer backyard featuring raised bed near swimming pool
Fresh carrots from the poolside garden
Flowers and herbs in the poolside garden bed
Garden beds and trellis arch

Poolside Ecosystem

Anastassia came to Thrive Lot with a big vision for creating a beautiful, diverse, and productive foodscape. We replaced her lawn with native plants and installed a fruit forest featuring mature Pineapple Guavas and Cherry Trees. Anastassia now shares her food abundance with neighbors while feeding bees and butterflies with healthy, pesticide-free plants.

$25k budget
½ acre
backyard
102 plants
36 species
food
compost station
chic design
Georgia
Interior Forest

“My backyard now has not only the beautiful aesthetic look I wanted, but also herbs, veggies, bees, birds and butterflies! Finding Thrive Lot and Mike was perfect, because they care about the planet and living things just like I do and are careful to always support wildlife and nature with no chemicals.”

Rural Habitat

Doug bought a 2-acre property in rural Ohio and wanted to create a habitat that would attract a variety of wildlife, feed birds and butterflies, and produce an abundance of fruit and vegetables. Throughout the design process he made it clear that a pond, forest garden, pollinator habitat, and fire pit were top priorities. As you can see from the photos, he got exactly what he wanted.

$40k budget
2 acres
rural
366 plants
90 species
wildlife habitat
pond
forest garden
Ohio
Interior Forest
Rustic seating around firepit
Backyard garden from the patio with planter boxes
Stone firepit feature
Fresh currants from the forest garden
Close-up large flower
Herbs beside the walkway
Fresh apple growing in the garden

“The guys that Thrive Lot contracted with in Ohio are AMAZING! They're polite, knowledgeable and incredibly hard working! Everything is coming together nicely.... and when they're done they'll be taking a drone photograph and walk me through the long-term care and maintenance of my amazing food-producing back yard!”

Gorgeous planter box garden layout with outdoor couch
Arbor and fenced entrance to edible oasis
Couch visible through trellis arch in garden retreat
Outdoor seating in garden
Gravel base and tomatoes growing in garden retreat
Fresh heirloom peppers in backyard
Zinnias thriving in garden retreat
Close up of flower blooming in garden retreat
Multiple wildflowers among the herbs in perimeter planting of garden retreat
Outdoor couch with sun shade in garden retreat

Garden Retreat

Kristi had tried gardening in her bare, open backyard without success. As a working professional with a love of fresh veggies, she was thrilled when Thrive Lot redesigned her space with a bountiful raised bed layout, outdoor couch and table, potting work bench, blackberry run, and espaliered fruit trees all surrounded by a native pollinator garden protected by a tasteful fence.

$30k budget
¾ acre
backyard
563 plants
40 species
native pollinator garden
raised beds
arbor
outdoor seating
deer fence
Ohio
Interior Forest


Farm Garden Park

Paula's DIY orchard was dying, and she had a vision for so much more. Over the course of 3 years and with ongoing maintenance and development, Thrive Lot has established a thriving garden park, enormous orchard, deer fencing, rainwater harvesting and irrigation over 2 acres of her 10-acre mini farm, setting her up for an abundance of food production and wildlife viewing without fear of damage to crops.

$95k budget
2 acres
rural
200+ plants
70+ species
orchard
rainwater harvesting
irrigation
arbor
deer fence
wildlife habitat
native wildflowers
garden beds
New Jersey
Mixed Forest
Pollinator layer of forest garden.
Garden farm design
Pollinators thrive in Farm Garden Park
Blueberry harvest
Maypops fruiting
Flowers and mulch
Garden farm park plant palette

"We’ll have more fruit, nuts and berries in the next few years than the local grocery might! I’m looking forward to continuing to grow my food production on this beautiful land!”

Plant palette for kitchen terrace garden
Terrace planter box with herbs, flowers and veggies
Kitchen Terrace Garden plant palette

Kitchen Terrace Garden

Alizeh was tired of her steep back yard and had tried gardening there without success. Thrive Lot built a tiered garden bed system, revitalized the back patio, and added a jasmine trellis to remind Alizeh of her loving grandmother.

$15k budget
300 sq. ft.
steep slope
100+ plants
15 species
terrace
herbs
patio
Tennessee
Interior Forest


Edible Habitat

Ellen loves birds, bees and butterflies and was tired of living on a patch of non-native grass that needs mowing and doesn't feed anything. So, Thrive Lot installed an abundant native garden that immediately attracted local pollinators and wildlife. An intolerant neighbor sued, and Thrive Lot provided the expert witness to win the case, setting a strong precedent in Alabama for native plants in city yards!

$7k budget
¼ acres
condo
142 plants
43 species
paths
bench
native plants
arbor
Alabama
Southeast Savannah
Native, edible habitat garden
Path through the pollinator garden
Monarch butterfly thriving in the garden
Bee pollinating vegetable bloom
Edible flowers and peas from the garden, sautéed with cheese
Comprehensive design rendering for edible habitat
Large lily bloom
Massive fresh strawberries from the garden
Fresh raspberries in the garden
Pollinator garden

“I love my yard! Every month there is something new and interesting blooming, fruiting or changing and there are a lot more bees and birds.”

Chemical-free Home Ecosystem

Ashley and her family wanted to make their new home a welcoming, natural garden space that is practical and environmentally friendly.  For over 20 years they have lived an environmentally friendly lifestyle that has kept them away from things like pesticides and leaf blowers and focused on how they live as appropriately has possible to be part of the "solution."

$14k budget
1/8 acre
coastal
125 plants
10 species
wildflower meadow
invasive removal
soil improvement
California
Coastal Chaparral

"All the neighbors love it. As do we. We get so many compliments. Would be happy to speak with anyone and give you all a positive review. Loretta was amazing."

Water-wise Yard

Molly wanted her front yard to be a space for pollinators and to serve as a highly functional area without grass. Through the GRIP program in Denver, Molly received a rebate for converting her front yard into a water-wise and beautiful landscape that supports the wildlife around her.

$6k budget
1/10 acre
small lot
120 plants
19 species
no-mow lawn
drought tolerant
pollinator garden
Colorado
Plateau Shrubland
Pollinator habitat in drought resistant plantings
Water wise yard
Water wise yard with blooms
Drought resistant native Colorado pollinator plants

"Dan was professional and informative. I loved the designs for the front yard and the help with the GRIP rebate program."

Pollinator garden with statue
Backyard potting greenhouse
Front yard water wise pollinator garden
Potted plants in modern home ecosystem
Pollinator garden with statue of Virgen Mary
Flowers in pollinator statue garden
Precision hardscaping
Modern home garden entrance and pathway
Trellis outside office door
Shrubland stone herb garden
Native pollinator plants
Planters and pathway around back patio
Trellises and planter boxes in modern home garden
Trellises for fence plantings in Colorado
Pathways and trellis

Modern Home Sanctuary

After Lisa and Ed finished renovating their home, they knew they wanted a relaxing, zen garden space for enjoying time at home and growing flowers, food, and herbs while seeing pollinators and wildlife. We did extensive hardscaping work to create the foundation for the space and are currently adding more plantings on this project.

$150k budget
1/4 acre
outdoor living
212 plants
74 species
zen garden
trellises
pollinator garden
herb garden
Colorado
Plateau Shrubland

"Our yard is becoming a relaxing eco-paradise! We're so grateful to have found Thrive Lot for this process. They're prompt, transparent, and do quality work on time and budget with rare skills in soil and plant composition."

Historic Home Ecosystem

Beth and Keith wanted to transform the outdoor space of their historical Boston home into an ecological and edible paradise with plenty of functional space for their kids to play and discover nature. We took a phased approach to transforming the turf and invasive landscape into edbile beds, a trellis, and pollinator habitat with a no-mow yard.

$20k budget
1/8 acre
historic home
300 plants
34 species
native habitat
planter boxes
edible vine trellis
Massachusetts
Mixed Forest
Historic home garden
Pathway and native plants
Pathway and native plants in front yard
Front yard pollinator plantings
Pathway and native plants at historic home
Pathway and native plants with blueberries in Boston
Dense native and herb plantings
Front of historic home with beautiful garden
Pathway and native plants adjacent to driveway
Pathway and native plants for pollinators and food
Pathway and native plants in front of historic Boston home
Dense pollinator plantings
Beautiful front yard garden
Historic home with front yard garden

"It has been phenomenal to see the tremendous diversity of pollinators now coming to my beautiful garden. Hard to believe how much a difference this transformation has made in only a few months.  I love strolling in my garden and eating blueberries while I watch the bees.  Neighbors have called my garden 'magical' and thanked me for the new view they’re enjoying too!"

Cistern and large flowers
Backyard Ohio planter boxes
Planter box with labeled plants
Planter boxes in pocket backyard
Front yard planter boxes and foundation plantings
Herb garden
Vegetable garden boxes
Herb garden in Ohio

Sustainable Pocket Yard

Ann and George had a garden that had fallen into disrepair. They worked with us to create a patio space with multiple garden beds sustained by a professional cistern for rainwater capture and surrounded by beautiful native and pollinator friendly plantings.

$20k budget
1/4 acre
pocket yard
850 plants
34 species
planter boxes
cistern
pollinator garden
patio
Ohio
Broadleaf Forest


Return to Nature

Mary and her family moved out of the city during COVID and wanted to return their property back to nature in a beautiful way. They wanted edible design and water management that accounts for the massive amount of wildlife in the area. We established a forest garden and native, low-maintenance lawn area complete with a play area and see-saw for the kids.

$53k budget
1 acre
semi-rural
962 plants
59 species
forest garden
wildlife habitat
play area
Pennsylvania
Mixed Forest
Layered native plantings and lake
Childrens' garden play area
Bee on flower in pollinator garden
Ferns and water wise yard
Stone planter bed with native plants and herbs
Native pollinator plants in Pennsylvania
Tripod trellis with edible plants
Young trees and shrubs in forest garden
Forest garden understory plantings

“We were so happy to have professional help to transform our overgrown property into a continually more abundant and productive ecosystem! Thank you Thrive Lot and Brandon!”

Yard-to-table stir fry
Forest garden bed
Giant watermelon in South Carolina
Iris
Pond and riparian habitat
Harvest from home garden
Swales to catch water
Flowers in home ecosystem
Fruit trees and forest garden
Forest garden haul
Pond habitat
Paths in the garden
Monarch butterfly
Fruit trees for forest garden
Giant cucumber from home garden
Lilies in home garden

Yard-to-table in 1 Year

Harry is an engineer who loves hydroponics, but wanted a faster way to naturally create more food on his property while reducing maintenance and beautifying the property. We installed a pond and natural water management with swales to support a massively abundant food forest complete with garden, fruit trees, and native pollinator habitat.

$22k budget
1/2 acre
steep slope
100+ plants
23 species
permaculture design
pond
forest garden
swales
South Carolina
Mixed Forest

"We had Thrive Lot install a food forest in our yard. We added a pond as well. We are very pleased and very excited. We have blueberry hill which is one area with a variety of blueberry plants. We have a variety of trees. The pond really makes the back yard look great and THERE IS SO MUCH FOOD."

Custom Patio Garden

Melissa wanted a unique space in her backyard to enjoy beautiful days outdoors surrounded by food bearing plants and nature. We designed and installed a custom, 4-bed planter system around a stone patio, and filled it with a forest garden. We also added a grapevine and trellis with surrounding herb and pollinator garden adjacent to the back deck.

$16k budget
1 acre
backyard
88 plants
15 species
stone patio
planter boxes
trellis
forest garden
Tennessee
Mixed Forest
Custom stone patio and planter system
Ripe persimmons
Fuyu persimmon thriving
Forest garden stone walls
Herbs
Planters for forest garden with patio and seating
Garlic and herbs in planters
Seating area on patio garden
Fig tree in pot with patio garden
Pollinator friendly foundation planting
Planter bed with windmill and edible plants
Patio garden
Forest garden in stone beds
Patio garden in Tennessee
Grape vine and trellis on back deck
Potatoes under mulch

More coming soon in these states!

  • California
  • New York
  • Washington
  • New Jersey
  • Colorado
  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas
  • Maryland
  • N Carolina
  • Florida

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