Choosing a Landscaping Design Company: House Beautiful or Home Depot?

If wildflower season has you dreaming of spending more time outdoors with your family, you may be thinking about how to transform your landscape into a backyard oasis for relaxing, entertaining and living the good life. You might notice friends and neighbors donning garden gloves like the gauntlets of weekend warriors and bringing home potted plants from the hardware store to brighten up their yards.


And those optimistic weekend warriors? They’re probably not enjoying time out in their yards as much as they could, since their results didn’t exactly make for the best outdoor room.

Landscape Design Is More Than Plants

LiveOaks 025For people who truly enjoy gardening, there’s nothing wrong with a DIY backyard landscape: The process can be very satisfying, and green thumbs with plenty of experience can get good results, especially with casual cottage gardens and vegetable plots.


Creating a customized landscape that enhances your home’s unique design and positioning requires much more than just choosing a few plants, though. Your outdoor “rooms” should be at the same impeccable level of design as your indoor rooms, for starters. The flow of traffic, lighting, color palette and overall feel of the space are all important. To achieve the most satisfying results, a great landscaping design company will focus on your distinct needs to craft hardscapes, choose plants and incorporate the best of environmental design principles to create an outdoor space that blends seamlessly with your home and matches your style of living.


How to Choose a Landscaping Design Company

House Beautiful or Home Depot? Your end results should match the level of quality and design of your home’s interior to add value and create a space your family will love to spend time in. The connection between indoor and outdoor living should be seamless.  Great landscape design companies focus on integrating multiple features: full patio and wall design, water features and a comprehensive planting plan that takes into account environmental psychology and the feeling you want to inject into your space. A ground-up overhaul requires a different skill set than a DIY spruce-up, so consider the following criteria when choosing a landscaping design company:


Experience: A great landscape design company will have a proven history of working in the Texas climate and a portfolio of successful projects in neighborhoods that look like yours.  Experience in all aspects of landscape design: water features, outdoor media rooms and kitchens, hardscape design and plant selection is a must.


Creativity: A great designer will listen to your wish-list and needs to come up with a fully customized solution for your outdoor space. These are not cookie-cutter designs that you can find on any Pinterest board, but fully realized, unique creations for your property.


Knowledge: A complete understanding of environmental design is a must. Knowing how people move in a space and how to harness the psychology and even the healing powers of certain plants is a major asset. Landscape design is done in four dimensions: time is a major player as light changes over the course of the day and plants change with the seasons. Your designer should be a pro at making these changes work for you.


Ingenuity: A great designer knows how to highlight your home’s best features while camouflaging its imperfections. Design is as much about subtraction as it is about addition of new elements.


Focus: When your home is beautiful, your landscape must also be. Choose a designer who incorporates special materials and design to get the results you want. There’s simply no substitute for the best.


In the end, the best landscaping design company for you will be one that offers highly personalized service and considers your needs first. After listening intently to your desires and working with you to create the design, a great landscaper will also consider your lifestyle in designing a landscape that will thrive over time. You should never be left with an outdoor space that can’t be well maintained. After all, it’s an investment that should provide years of enjoyment and added value to your home.

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