If you want your landscape to work for you (provide a function) and install plants only once, I would highly recommend hiring a landscape designer. Even if you are a do-it-yourself-er, a one hour consultation will save money, your back and you will do it right the first time.
I would say 50% of my projects are re-design. The one below is an example. The grading work has created a ditch for water to collect in the grass and rip rap rock was used to border a plant bed (this is not decorative, it is used for drainage purposes adding no value to the landscape).
This landscaper for the project below choose to use anchor plants (corner plants) that will exceed 50 feet in height. Not only is this disproportionate for the house, it will pose a safety hazard for those walking to the front door.
This landscape company installed foundation plants where mature height would completely cover the windows.
Landscape Designers take into account your lifestyle, your family, existing site conditions, hobbies, and with their professional experience, make appropriate plant recommendations. The initial cost to hire a landscape designer is more than landscaper fees, however, in the long run will save you money on your investment.
There is at least two reasons why I select plants for their location and a great deal of this process is based on location and the homeowner. For example, 8 pink knock rose shrubs were planted to provide an intimate secret garden area, flowers from May until frost and the petals will be used by flower girls.
Most landscape designers absolutely love their profession and love plants. Combine the two and it is bound to create something spectacular for you to enjoy for years to come!!
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