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December 31, 2017

We Plan - You Plant

Start planning your DIY landscape projects today. Lots of people have the desire to renovate a section of their yard themselves, but may not know the correct plants or proper design aesthetic for certain areas. Allow our experts to prepare a landscape design for you – at no cost – when you purchase your plants in our retail plant center at Johnson's Nursery.

We offer the popular We Plan – You Plant program. One of our designers will create a complementary design for you when you purchase your plants from us. All we need from you is the completed Questionnaire, a sketch on graph paper, and pictures of your area.

WPYP is for smaller, single-section DIY projects. For larger, full yard, or Johnson's Nursery installation projects, please visit our Landscape Design department.

WPYP in 6 Simple Steps

1Step 1: Tools & Resources

Download the Questionnaire and Graph Paper. Completing these documents to the best of your ability is crucial for avoiding unforeseen roadblocks while working in your yard. You will also need a Camera for this project.
2Step 2: Some Paperwork

The Questionnaire ensures that we are best informed to create a plan that fits your needs. Use the graph paper to draw a rough sketch of your site, including all major obstacles such as utility lines, existing plants, and irrigation.
3Step 3: Take Pictures

Now, head outside and photograph the area you just sketched. Don’t be shy with the camera! More pictures are better than not enough. Include shots of the surrounding area too. Cell phone pictures are OK. Ideally, you want around 25 pictures of the planting site. Get close for some, and stand back for others.
4Step 4: Return Materials

Return the completed materials at your leisure. Ideally, your pictures should be placed on a flash drive, which we will return to you. Your designer may also ask if you're comfortable with a Cloud Drive link (i.e Google Drive or Dropbox).
5Step 5: Receive Design

Your designer will contact you to schedule a meeting to discuss and make any final edits to your design. The design will be provided at no cost after you purchase the plants. The design is the road map to your project.
6Step 6: Begin Planting

Working with your schedule, we will set up a time for you to pick up your plants. We’ll help you load them too! With your landscape design in hand you now have all the materials to begin planting. If you have any questions along the way, your horticulturist will assist you.

We Plan - You Plant FAQ

What if I want someone to come out to my house?

If you want one of our representatives to visit your home and gather information for the project, the fee for on-site consultations is $150 per hour including oneway travel. There is a minimum charge of $150 for this and it is not refundable. A site consultation is required if you decide to have us install plant material.

How much does WPYP cost?

The average We Plan - You Plant project costs less than $2000. There are many variables in determining the cost of landscaping projects. If you're anticipating spending more than $2,000, please make an appointment with our Landscape Design department.

How long does the process take?

From start to finish, we anticipate between 2-4 weeks (also depends on incoming volume in spring). It won't be long before you're on your way home with design in hand and plants in your vehicle, ready to take control of your yard.

Do I have to plant everything at the same time?

We are flexible. Some landscape projects are smaller, one section renovations. Others are multi-section renovations and new plantings that need to be installed in stages.

What if I don't like the plan?

You and your designer will have met more than once before you have the design in-hand. Once the design is complete, you and your designer will meet to discuss and make any final edits to the plan.

What if I only want the design?

If you're only interested in a design - which is OK - design services begin at $75/hr.

Tips For Submitting Files

The quality of submitted materials may delay the process. Pictures may become unrecognizable when compressed. The text in sketches and questionnaires may also become unrecognizable when you take a picture as a scan. Please understand that you don't need to be a computer expert; feel free to stop in with your completed paperwork and pictures on a flash drive.


  • Scan files to computer


  • Photos by email should be sent as attachments, original size.
  • Do not put photos in the body of an email.
  • Or send a Google Drive cloud storage link.
  • Or simply stop in with a flash drive.

If you're unsure who or where to send your materials to electronically, please contact our Retail Sales Department at 262.252.4988 and ask discuss your plan with a Horticulturist.