Landscape Services - Architectural Gardens, Inc.

Melissa Jones
Annapolis, MD
c: 410-693-1102
o: 1-800-280-2103

Specializing in design, installation and garden maintenance of custom residential landscapes, we turn plain yards into truly usable outdoor rooms. From expanding your home, outdoors to creating eco-friendly landscapes with native plants & rain gardens, AG provides a personal approach to personal spaces. We are owner- operated & affordably insired, serving Annapolis, Calvert, PG, QA, and Wash DC.

Our Services

Landscape Design and Build

Creating comfortable and appealing outdoor living spaces for relaxation, socialization or recreation: courtyards, meditation gardens, hidden garden rooms, moon gardens, outdoor kitchens, patios for dining and entertaining.

Sustainable Landscaping

Specializing in the creation and preservation of wildlife habitats with: native plantings, xeriscaping, integrated pest management (IPM), rain gardens, harvesting water, rain barrel installation, organic fertilizers, and drainage solutions.


Building the foundation of the garden using natural stone, concrete or traditional brick pavers: walkways, patios, paths, retaining walls, pool decks, stairways, driveways, dry stream beds, stone steppers and boulders.

Garden Architecture

Installing elements that are the backbone of your landscape: paths, sitting walls, gates, fences, exterior lighting, arbors, pergolas, and garden accessories.

Custom Water Features

Using water to transform a garden by proposing functional solutions with aesthetic benefits,: fountains, fishponds, streams, & pondless waterfalls.


Softening the structural components with beautiful and dramatic planting combinations for a landscape that has curb-appeal and ease of maintenance: year round seasonal interest. flower beds, container arrangements, vegetable /herb gardens, native plant naturalization.

Garden Maintenance

Offering spring/fall clean-ups, bi-weekly or monthly service visits, colorscaping, rejuvenative and ornamental pruning.

Our Founders

Meet Melissa (Missy) Jones and Tim Salafie, two self-professed plant nerds who were physically incapable of holding indoor desk jobs and destined to start a business together. Missy and Tim met while working at a large landscape design firm and were immediately impressed with the other’s prodigious work ethic and talent. With complementary skills and backgrounds, these two partners are down-to-earth professionals who operate in a realistic, unpretentious manner and focus on the work at hand.

AG founder Missy Jones once ran her own garden center. She went on to graduate from The George Washington University Landscape Design Program. She strives to create garden designs that include structural elements and plants that provide year- round interest. Her feeling is that since the garden is an extension of the home, these “outdoor rooms” should directly relate to the house in proportion, arrangement and style.

After spending over twenty years in the landscape industry, there is very little AG founder Tim Salafie hasn’t done. His experience includes designing and installing hardscapes, custom water features, and outdoor landscape lighting. He has extensive knowledge in horticulture, grade changes, and drainage issues. Tim strives to use the region’s natural resources, such as Western Maryland and Pennsylvania stone combined with indigenous plant materials to create a natural environment.

Our Process

Before a paver is placed or a spade ever pierces the earth, we make sure we listen closely to your needs. We ask questions. We hear you out. If you have ideas or magazine clippings, we put them all into the mix. We take a peek inside your house to better understand your style, lifestyle and values. Our aim is to create flow: both from the inside of your home out, and the outside in. Most importantly, we walk your site and take a read of the land, looking closely at topography, grade changes, pitfalls and potential. By doing so, we unearth the hidden possibilities each site offers.

Our Commitment

With hundreds of landscape design firms clamoring for your business, why choose us? The difference has to do with our hands — they tend to be in the soil quite a bit. That’s because this work isn’t just our paycheck; it’s our passion. We bring more than four decades of landscape design experience to bear on each project.

Moreover, we know this area like the back of our dirty, tan hands. Because we specialize in working in Annapolis and the Eastern Shore, we know the soil, topography, flora and fauna. Another point of distinction is our reputation. We’re proud that the majority of our business comes from referrals and repeat business. We are a small firm and we intend to stay small so that we can keep our hands in the soil on every job, and keep close, personal oversight on every project we service. For the protection of the homeowner, we are licensed, bonded and insured.