Transform your landscape project into reality
Many people make wonderful plans for their yards and gardens with big, broad ideas and a picture of what their space, finished, will look like in their minds. But they have no idea how to start. Or they start, and quickly realize that things aren't turning out to look as they'd hoped, and maybe their original plans aren't workable landscape designs for their area. At that point, a landscape designer's gardening tips and solutions are probably just what they need to help them realize their landscaping dreams.
Landscape designers have the education and training to transform your outdoor space in the best way possible. They'll come up with plans and designs for you to look at, based on your desired look, the shape of the space and the best design for that particular area. Once they come up with a design you love, you're saved the frustration of starting and stopping on something that doesn't work. Professional landscape designers are experts at creating workable landscape designs that are perfect for that particular space, and that fit your lifestyle.
How to Choose a Landscape Designer
But how do you choose a landscape designer? The most important thing to remember is that you should choose someone who designs in a way that you like or has done designs similar to the one you're hoping for. One way to search out an appropriate designer is to ask people you know who have outdoor spaces that appeal to you – maybe they've used the services of a landscape designer. Ask for references, and what they thought of the experience. Or ask if they know anyone who's used a designer, question them about their experiences and get a reference that way.
Landscape Designer Specializations
Different landscape designers might specialize in different areas, so when you contact one, be sure to ask if they do specialize. One who typically oversees park design or fountain placement might not be the best choice for your backyard. And consider how much space you want designed. If you're looking for advice on a flower garden that's 5 feet square, an expert gardener might be a more practical and cost-effective choice.
The Association of Professional Landscape Designers and the American Society of Landscape Architects are good resources to find local designers. You can contact each by phone, and they also have searchable databases online.
Get Some Examples
Once you've contacted a landscape designer, ask for some examples of their work. A look through their portfolio at the designs presented to previous clients will give you an idea if their sense of style appeals to you. Unless you fall in love with the style and aesthetic of the first designer you speak to, talk to at least a few designers, look through their brochures and portfolios, and let them give you an estimate. Be sure you can communicate easily with the landscape designers, and you make your ideas and expectations clear so you can be sure to end up with the landscape of your dreams.