I love a good garden project but after spending too much money on plants that don't work (or worse, just plain die), I'm stumped and frustrated at the lack of design in my yard. Designing a fixed indoor space is one thing, planning a garden that will continually grow and change (and is subject to weather) is quite another. Sometimes even a true DIY'er could use some professional direction.
If you consider yourself a novice, or maybe you just don't have time, using a professional landscape designer may be just what your outdoor space needs. But if you're concerned with cost want to do the landscaping work yourself, consider the online resources available to you. There are plenty of inspiration sites like Better Homes & Gardens, Sunset Magazine or Life On The Balcony that can give you ideas and suggestions. But there are also landscape designers that will create a custom plan or vision for your space, complete with a list of plants, trees or edibles that will work best in your space. It's a perfect combination of getting the garden of your dreams yet being able to do the work yourself over time and within your budget.
Last week I wrote about Dot 2 Dot Gardens, a custom landscape design shop that works with clients online. Below are some additional professional resources that offer various fee structures and scope of work. All will work with your unique space and ideas and draw up a plan of action for your yard.
Big Dipper Landscaping: Simply submit digital photos and your garden style preference. They will present you with a telephone consultation, a detailed landscape plan and a complete plant list. There are also packages for outdoor lighting, swimming pool and irrigation plans. Another great design offered is their digitally enhanced landscape design. For as little as $50.00, they will take one of your digital images of your yard and using state of the art computer illustration, re-landscape your image to show you how the plants will look. It's a virtual before and after of your yard.
Web Landscape Design Ideas: Lawrence Hoyle, the owner of this company, has been a landscape designer for 46 years. Forgive the very lengthy page and scroll to the very bottom where you'll see various pricing levels for this custom design company. Provide as many photos as you can, locations of existing structures or trees and an idea of what you're looking for. They will draw up a plan for your yard and give you free email follow-up for the following 12 months. This company also offers outdoor lighting and irrigation plans as well.
Bloom Garden Design: This firm provides online planning based on your personal garden needs and wants. They charge $45.00 per hour.
Image credit: Dot 2 Dot Gardens Newlywed Garden Design: $125.00