When you think of landscape design, you think about plants, right? Yes, that is a huge part of the process to creating a wonderful outdoor space but there is much more that goes into the profession.
A landscape designer as someone who mixes both the science of horticulture along with the creativity of design to create an outdoor space.
In my own work as a landscape planner I strive to create beautiful, functional, stress-free gardens with an environmental approach that works in harmony with nature. I can only get to this space by taking a holistic approach. By considering everything, the whole living environment (both inside and outside) as well as your lifestyle, designers can combine science, art and sustainability for a win-win result.
For example, here are some specialties that I include in my service offering:
- Using Local materials
- Site-appropriate gardens (California native and water saving Mediterranean plants)
- Rainwater harvesting and grey water advice
- Organic vegetable gardens and orchards
- Fragrant gardens
- Butterfly and bird gardens
- Permeable patios, walkways, decks
- Fences and gates
- Arbors and trellises
- Low voltage and LED lighting
- Outdoor kitchens
- Water features
- Awnings, sunrooms, shade solutions
- Greenhouses or potting benches
- Garbage and recycling areas, additional storage
- Meditation spaces
- Play areas for families with children
- Petscapes for dogs and cats
- Spas and pool/ pool removal
- Container gardens
- Retaining walls, seat walls
- Art and furniture
So the next time you think about landscape design, of course consider the plants but also think ‘Big Picture’.