I contacted Larry Dieterich of Earthworks Landscaping regarding landscaping around my pool enclosure. It was just so worn and tired looking. Larry responded and came out that day to give me an estimate. Larry is extremely personable and sooooo knowledgeable of the south florida landscape and this passion shows in his work. The usual mundane, boring plants for the typical south florida landscape are not part of his resume ?his landscaping skills are amazing as is his communication with emails and phone calls detailing the projects (phases), costs and staying within budget. As stated above, my project was broken down to three phases. PHASE ONE was the landscaping around the pool and east side of my yard with red cedars for privacy. Unfortunately a couple of cedars didn't make it due to my watering abilities or lack thereof. i live in the very western part of Palm Beach County and do not have in ground irrigation system. The cedars will be replaced by Larry during the "rainy" season. Phase TWO consisted of building the pergola. This is the part that was amazing. I mentioned to Larry that I wanted to change the front look of my normal south florida "ranch" home typical of homes built in the late "80's but i didn't want the expense of building a front porch, portico etc. He emailed me photos of a few ideas he had. One looked like the exact replica of my house. I was SOLD!! He knew exactly what i was talking about?The pergola built is about 32 ft long and about 12 ft in height with (8) 8x8 posts, with crossbeams. The pergola was subcontracted to a carpenter with Larry's assistance and supervision. I also want to mention that Larry along with his usual "guys" consist of himself and two workers. They, including Larry do all the work, digging, planting etc. He definitely loves "playing in the dirt"? PHASE THREE consisted of completing the landscaping to compliment the pergola in the front and side yards. Again, I told him what is pleasing in my visual thoughts. In the front side yard next to the driveway, he planted a Japanese fern tree, assorted lilies (love lilies) removed and replanted a couple of my plants, one to hide the a/c unit, the crabgrass or weeds was replaced with sod and mulch. In the front yard, the grass was replaced with sod. Closer to the pergola, most of the existing plants were removed and replanted. He added a few plants that were so unusual, at least to me. I especially loved the"poor man's orchids". I don't remember the scientific name but they bloom at the end with bright orange flowers. It was my favorite!!! that and the rain lilies. Various other plants were used and completed with mulch. This area was bordered with rocks that I had saved for several years to eventually reuse. He created a spectacular complimentary vision to the pergola. An existing Roebellini palm tree and a huge bougainvillea were removed and replanted to the side yard. On the other side of the front yard he placed plants around a palm tree and filled in the areas in front of the house with assorted plants, mulch and pine needles to complete the look. Larry knew I loved bougainvilleas and i had a few of them. He replanted most of them to other places in the yard where they had a better visual effect. He planted another type of vine for the pergola. It is still in the early stages of growth and i know it will be absolutely beautiful. Im sure I'm forgetting the many plantings/other things that were done. I will say this, I gave Larry a blank canvas and he created a masterpiece!!!!! Words can't describe the beauty of his work, his fair and reasonable rates, and the ease of working with a person whose knowledge and expertise in the field of horticulture for the sub tropics by far is a credit to his profession.