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“As a teacher, Sue Reed’s understanding of the land from the bedrock up includes extraordinary knowledge of geology, hydrology, and ecology. Her book, Energy-Wise Landscape Design, is far ahead of its time in teaching readers how to create beauty close to home in a time of declining resources.”

StepsSusan Reed

Landscape Architecture

Designing home landscapes to be: • Ecologically rich • Comfortably livable • Energy efficient • Inviting to wildlife • Naturally beautiful.

Favorite Native Plants

Please enjoy here a small sample of the hundreds of beautiful plants native to western New England, where most of my projects are located. In every project, my goal is to have at least 80-90% of the plants be regionally-native, and to avoid using ornamental varieties whose flowers, foliage or fruit do not contribute to local bio-diversity.