Amber Freda Home & Garden Design646-546-1592; amberfreda.com
Freda contrasts the wild and abundant with the tame and structured. One backyard garden in Chelsea featured a pergola with a retractable awning; a fence with built-in planters for evergreens, grasses, and trailing vines; and a stainless-steel Jacuzzi. (ecofriendly)
Balmori Associates833 Washington St., nr. Little W. 12th St. second fl.; 212-431-9191; balmori.com
These dynamic designers created the much-ballyhooed roof garden at 684 Broadway. They recently transformed four acres surrounding a home in Bedford, New York, using wood, stone, concrete, and plants to blur the line between indoor and outdoor space. (ecofriendly)
Edmund D. Hollander Landscape Architect Design200 Park Ave. S., at 17th St., Ste. 1200; 212-473-0620; hollanderdesign.com
Hollander creates lush outdoor spaces tailored to the client’s needs, from classic country to urban-contemporary. Recent award-winning projects include a Fifth Avenue courtyard garden that features borders of Green Gem boxwood around seasonal white flowers.
Future Green Studio18 Bay St., nr. Columbia St., Red Hook; 718-855-8995; futuregreenstudio.com
These urban-landscape designers enjoy adding splashes of color to the gray, concrete jungle. Case in point: Their cool, geometric roofscape design for the Carroll Street MTA Plaza features swaths of grasses and flowering perennials in stacked Corten planter boxes. (ecofriendly)
Goode Green176 Grand Street, nr. Baxter St.; 212-226-6770; goodegreennyc.com
Chris Goode and Lisa Janowski Goode teamed up with Amy Trachtman to launch Goode Green in 2008. The three have done projects like the organic Eagle Street Farm and a meadow for a suite at the Crosby Street Hotel. Aside from looking lush, Goode Green’s roof gardens provide insulation, reduce storm-water runoff, and often yield fruits and vegetables. (ecofriendly)
Gunn Landscape Architecture345 Seventh Ave., nr. 29th St., Ste. 502; 212-988-7065; gunnlandscapes.com
Alec Gunn designs gardens and outdoor spaces that offer tranquility and expert functionality. He’s done chef’s-grade grilling facilities and outdoor dining rooms—and even a rooftop basketball court. He sources local building materials and emphasizes diverse and native plants. (ecofriendly)
HMWhite107 Grand St., at Mercer St., sixth fl.; 212-868-9411; hmwhitesa.com
The guiding principle at this firm, founded by Hank White, is building holistic, ecological systems that establish harmonious longevity and vitality. Whatever the region or scale, their approach to design is always based in science.
Justine Heilner Landscape837 Carroll St., nr. Prospect Park W., Ste. 2B, Park Slope; 646-784-6908; justineheilner.com
Heilner works with the particulars of your home’s environment to choose plants that thrive year after year. To provide privacy at a Fire Island house, she incorporated a wall of cryptomeria, which proliferates in sandy soil. (ecofriendly)
Madison Cox Design127 W. 26th St., nr. Sixth Ave., ninth fl.; 212-242-4631; madisoncox.com
Trained in environmental design at Parsons’ Paris branch, Cox works everywhere from Manhattan to Morocco, juggling high-profile jobs like the New York Botanical Garden with smaller backyard and terrace projects.
Margie Ruddick85 Worth st., nr. Church St., fourth fl.; 212-796-5087; margieruddick.com
A recipient of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award, Margie Ruddick has a pioneering environmental approach to landscape design that integrates ecology, urban planning, and city culture.
Miguel Pons Landscaping130 W. 30th St., nr. Sixth Ave., Ste. 16B; 212-255-6310; miguelponslandscaping.com
Pons’s firm can concoct both wild and highly manicured creations. One Long Island garden overflowed with colorful flowers, while the courtyard of a Manhattan townhouse boasted a simple hedge of trees framing a gravel courtyard.
Nievera Williams Design39 Fifth Ave., nr. 11th St., Ste. 3C; 561-659-2820; nieverawilliams.com
Landscape architect Mario Nievera has a serious Palm Beach following, and his New York clients call on him to outfit their swanky terraces. Here, he favors evergreen, deciduous, and flowering species that work year-round.
Nomad Studio646-577-4421; thenomadstudio.net
Nomad Studio may be based in New York, but it has a host of international clients. The firm has built futuristic urban plazas in Guadalajara and sprawling light installations in Frankfurt. Back home, they construct conceptual gardens and geometric Astroturf parks.
Paula Hayes151 First Ave., nr. 9th St., Ste. 144; 718-855-7733; paulahayes.com
Hayes creates artful gardens using a subtle range of colors and textures. Her signature sculptural elements incorporate a wide range of recycled materials, such as metal, stone, wood, and glass. (ecofriendly)
Plant Specialists42-25 Vernon Blvd., nr. 43rd Ave., Long Island City; 718-392-9404; plantspecialists.com
This seasoned team of horticulturists, landscape architects, and designers boasts some 40 years in the business and delivers everything from urban green roofs to a holiday-décor setup, complete with Christmas tree, wreaths, and lighting design.