Lisa's Landscape & Design

Saving the Planet One Yard at a Time

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 several of years as I’ve transitioned my 19 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 do so.


While some clients will need me on the property to fully grasp complicated topography, privacy or tree maintenance issues; most clients are just looking to fill small beds, have a relatively flat space with full sun or shade, builders beds or custom raised beds that are in need of 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. In this case you just may need a consultation, so please click here for more info.

Concept sketches (above and below) are some of the first things you will receive after our scheduled Zoom chat. The goal is to give us a concept to begin with and once we agree on a general direction the next phase will be an aerial view of your hand drawn design and concept. This will be a scaled drawing from your survey/measurements and will include existing trees and hardscapes as well as features included in the agreed upon concepts.

The service for small beds typically ranges from $250 to $375 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. 

 A full Landscape Design includes water wise plants and trees to provide all year interest, deer resistance, for the least maintenance, and maximum impact.

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 averaging 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.

 Landscape Designs in Austin range from empty pallets to established trees and shade and with the right direction, this is also great solution for most home owners.

 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.

Xeriscape designs

Landscape Designs in Austin and surrounding areas need to be well thought out for a myriad of reasons. We live on an aquifer and we share water with a whole lot of animals, plants and people. Our hill country suffers with soil erosion and most of us have rocks and clay with very shallow dirt. 

Not only do you need a cohesive concept throughout the space, but you need to account for the surroundings, the sunlight, soil, water availability and practical maintenance. 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 which is far more sustainable 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 18 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 or dry, that bed needs to include like minded plants. 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. 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.

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Here are the best candidates for this service:

*You have builders beds or raised beds that you want reworked.

*You’re a do-it-yourself type and you just need some general directions and plant recommendations.

*Anyone planning to hire a service and want to be sure you’re choosing the right plants for the job (that’s all I do).

* Folks looking for only native and adapted plants for small or large spaces.

* 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.

*Maybe you love gardening, but you’re stuck with a weird spot you need help working through.

*People wanting to start a 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 lisalapaso@gmail.com 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 a payment transfer 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. These include 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 3-4 weeks depending on the waiting list. For the agreed design price you will receive the scaled drawing, 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 of landscape design in the Austin area, I’m “Saving the Planet One Yard at a Time” by creating colorful, edible and sustainable landscapes that work for you and not the other way around.

I’ll look forward to hearing from you,

Lisa LaPaso

 

 

 

 

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