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Enduring Designs

We possess extensive knowledge of Colorado native plant material which allows us to create beautiful lasting landscapes in both commercial and high-end residential settings. Also, water will continue to be a valuable resource in Colorado, therefore, each design must include a water conservation strategy.


One-stop Design Service

Our services include site development plans and complete project entitlement coordination, and we offer in-house irrigation design solutions.



Functional and Creative Designs

We want our plans to be beautiful and functional, not one or the other.

Our designs are aesthetically pleasing, technically sound, cost effective, and we deliver high quality and easy to read construction documents.


Private Residence – Castle Pines Colorado

This project will never be forgotten. The site is nestled in the Castle Pines community just west of Interstate 25. The owner wanted to create a space for entertaining, but also something unique for their two boys. The problem was the serious elevation change in the backyard. How could it be done? No problem. We … Read more

University Village Colorado

As team landscape architect Higher Ground Designs provided landscape architecture services for University Village Colorado located in Colorado Springs, Colorado adjacent to the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. The landscape design showcases the beautiful Rocky Mountain setting, architectural accent landscaping, xeriscape retaining wall design and landscape treatment, and a unique setting for pedestrian circulation. … Read more

The Pink House at Glen Eyrie

Situated on the Glen Eyrie Castle property in Colorado Springs this unique setting is The Pink House. Higher Ground Designs designed a special outdoor space to compliment the historical character and create unforgettable experience for the guests of The Pink House. Together the new accessible entry area, pathways, dry creek bed, seating areas and colorful … Read more

Point of the Pines Gardens

This assisted living center is located at 330 Elkton Drive, in Colorado Springs, just off Interstate 25. Higher Ground Designs designed the landscape to provide the ideal outdoor setting for retired seniors, combining color, texture, and year-round interest. Drive by and have a look!