Online Landscape Design!
Yes, you heard me! if you are in Central Texas and are part of the 8 a/b hardiness zone, you can now have a Custom Landscape Design by a low water, low maintenance landscape specialist, ONLINE! Over the past couple of years as I’ve transitioned my 17 year old business from a full service landscape installation and design company to an education focused design and consulting business. I have realized that while everyone should have an educated landscaper and plant specialist help them with an intelligent design, not everyone needs me to be in their yard to design.
While some clients will need me on the property to fully grasp complicated topography, or tree maintenance issues, most clients are just looking to fill small beds, have a relatively flat space with full sun or shade, have builders beds or custom raised beds needing a face lift and appropriate sized plants. If you are a do it yourself type, your money could be better spent with a simple sketch and general direction. Below are small beds and courtyard pricing and visual.
The sketch above is a small courtyard space and perfect for this service. Below, was a pricier version because of its shape and existing challenges. Stone walls were built in very odd places and included at least a 1/2 dozen substrates, so the goal was to include existing plants and make some sense of the space. Now, this will be a meandering garden with butterflies and hummingbirds including food for people and a reason to go to the back of this odd triangular space.
The service above typically ranges from $250 (small builders beds)to $375 (an average front or backyard), But, can be as much as $500 for spaces with complicated hardscapes (pool, patios, structures) and existing tree details, OR courtyard or smaller than average front and back yard settings.
Another great option for clients with large spaces who are looking for a concept 0nly, is a Design Sketch. These range from $375 to $500 for the whole property and while they do include hard scape details such as recommended materials, a list of plants you can use and general instructions, the design sketch does NOT include ‘plants in place” as a full Design does. This product is a conceptual tool only.
This product is excellent for bidding on large spaces that have no cohesive design or layout. It gives a visual to your contractor of an approved layout and choice of materials for them to bid on. This is an example of a Design Sketch:
While this is a great way to lean into a direction and bed layout, the final plan must include plants, so if you decide to go for the whole project including hand selected plants and trees to provide all year interest, deer resistant, low water and native or adapted for the least maintenance, you’ll want a full Design.
Below are examples of more detailed designs and the size of the space to be planted will determine the final cost. Typically ranging online from $750 (a smaller than average yard, front And back, or large established beds) with average to larger lots ranging from $1000 to $1500. I have you complete the measurements and leg work, so you’re getting a discount learning about your own properties needs and experiencing an education in landscapes from soil to tree canopy.
If you are out of my service area and need a full design for an empty pallet, this is also great solution. With some simple measurements from you and a copy of your survey, I can accomplish a lot from photos and video.
Give me a rectangle and I’ll redesign it a thousand ways, but I also take on the unique layouts by making optimal use of the space. I need your measurements, a light schedule, an approved plant list and a survey and I can create custom, educated garden magic, in cyberspace.
Each drawing is done by hand and customized to your specifications on color, texture, home style and lifestyle. You can also ask about a package deal with additional consultation time online or by text for while you’re going through the process of bidding and execution.
Designs need to be well thought out for a myriad of reasons. Not only do you need a cohesive concept throughout the space, but you need to account for the light each space will get. You can’t plant for the tropics (wet shade) on the left and the desert (dry sun) on the right. Many yards have mixed light conditions and you need to know where this happens to create a cohesive plant pallet throughout. Many plants can tolerate both and it takes years of experience to know that.
A well thought out design has your favorite colors and textures in a space where you can live, entertain, relax and enjoy nature. It needs to be functional, yet creative while allowing you to travel through the space effortlessly. With a background in art, 20 years as a personal gardener, a Certified Master Gardener and professional landscape installer and designer for 15 years, I am well versed in what you’ll need to complete the job to the end.
A thoughtful design also includes your topography and drainage, privacy and function. If a section of your yard is wet, that bed needs to include like minded plants. If your preference is cacti, you cannot plant wet footed trees, and so on. The plant pallet should complement the client and the home, while symbiotically and sustainably complementing one another.
Lastly, a design should be unique and imaginative as well as functional. It should include only native and adapted, non invasive, low water plants and trees. It should be deer resistant where needed and it should compliment our natural flora. Mother Nature already had a plan for Central Texas Xeriscape so all I have to do is find the right plants for you and your needs and I love a challenge. There are a lot of great ways to turn something bland into something extraordinary.
Here are the best candidates for this service:
If you have builders beds or raised beds that you want reworked.
If you are a do-it-yourselfer and you just need some general directions and plant recommendations.
If you plan to hire a service and want to be sure you’re choosing the right plants for the job (that’s all I do).
*If you are looking for only native and adapted plants for small or large spaces.
*If you would like to have an accurate list of your plants with planting instructions including organic care and basic seasonal and watering instruction for no extra cost.
*If you love gardening and you’re stuck with a weird spot you need help working through.
*If you want to start your project with a master plan you’re excited about.
*If you want to stop wasting money.
Now, how do you get started? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with a basic outline of your project and a photo of the space or spaces to be designed. I will look at your information and respond with a price and basic information needed.
Once we have an agreement, I collect full payment in advance through Venmo or Zelle and the clock starts. I will collect photos from you taken at 10 o’clock, 12 o’clock, 2 o’clock, and 4 o’clock to determine your sunlight and custom plant list. I will also need a copy of your survey or accurate measurements of the beds or property to be designed including tree locations, any hard scapes such as stone edging, pool, shed, steppingstones or anything that may not be included on the survey. Once I receive your payment and the necessary information, we get started right away. The whole process takes generally 2 to 3 weeks depending on the waiting list. For the agreed price you will receive the product of your choosing, a complete list of the plants I recommend for your space (or a list that is included on a design), planting instructions and general maintenance, as well as individual maintenance tips for your specific plants and trees.
After 20 years in the Austin area I only have one goal in mind, I’m “Saving the Planet One Yard at a Time” by creating fabulous, colorful, edible and sustainable landscapes that work for you and not the other way around.
I’ll look forward to hearing from you,
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