Do you have a landscape project in mind for your yard? Maybe you’d like to create an outdoor kitchen or install a patio? Maybe you’d like to add a waterscape or add new plants? Many people want to have a beautiful, lush landscape with plenty of space to entertain. Unfortunately, most homeowners don’t know where to begin, or who they need to hire – a landscape designer or architect? We’ll delve into all of that. But first, just what is the difference between a landscape designer and landscape architect?

Landscape Architects

According to the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), “landscape architects analyze, plan, design, manage, and nurture the built and natural environments.” They obtain degrees from colleges accredited by the ASLA and pass state licensing examinations. Landscape architects design areas that substantially impact communities like parks, plazas, campuses, and other commercial areas. They also work on residential 

Landscape architects have a significant impact on communities and quality of life. They design outside, public areas like parks, campuses, resorts, streetscapes, trails, plazas, and other projects that help define a community. They also work on residential spaces, specifically those with steep slopes and retaining walls, elevation problems, and irrigation and drainage systems. Oftentimes, they advise customers on where the best place is for a driveway, entryway, and the placement of utility service lines. 

Landscape Designers

The biggest difference between landscape designers and landscape architects is that landscape designers are not required to be licensed by the state. And, while they often have the same education and degrees as landscape architects, designers generally work on residential projects. 

Landscape designers have expertise in horticulture and nursery fields. They are knowledgable in the fundamentals of gardening and softscapes, or the live elements of a landscape. This understanding of plants, trees, and flowers allows clients’ to save time and money by not planting certain seeds near each other, or planting at a specific time of year. 

A landscape design blueprint includes the best placement of outdoor features and plant-life. According to the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, landscape designers are “skilled practitioners of fundamental design concepts — proportion, unity, balance, perspective, color, and texture — that can bring about a fully integrated design.”

Consulting a Landscape Designer for Your Home

During a consultation with a Createscape Landscape Designer, your needs, expectations, and budget will be discussed. We understand that a beautiful landscape requires detailed, thoughtful planning. Our experienced landscape designers work with you to create an outdoor living space that reflects your personality and compliments your home. 

Our professional landscape designer creates an easy-to-read plan that is executed by our experienced staff. Our landscape design-build department specializes in: 

  • Tree, Shrub & Perennial Planting
  • Natural Stone & Pre-cast Block Retaining Walls
  • Brick & Natural Stone Patios & Walkways
  • Fountains, Ponds & Waterfalls
  • Grading
  • Seed & Sod Installation
  • Low Voltage Landscape Lighting
  • Outdoor Kitchens & Fireplaces
  • Seat Walls & Fire Pits
  • Pergolas

Now is the time to start designing your backyard oasis! Contact Createscape Landscaping today to schedule your landscape consultation! For a complete list of services, visit our website