Tip #2: Collect (or even steal!) landscaping ideas
In their desire to be original with their landscaping, people often get very confused.
It can often be a much more practical starting point to base your landscape design on an existing design, look, or style you’ve seen and like.
Books, magazines, and the internet are great sources of landscape design ideas and styles, as is driving around the neighborhood and taking pictures or making notes.
When you see landscaping design that you like - photograph it, copy it, and keep a record. You can always customise and tweak a design to your taste and make it your own later, especially considering that your property and space is going to be a little or a lot different anyway.
Your scrapbook, ‘look book’, or vision board will be a great asset to be able to show your landscape designer.
As they say, a picture paints a thousand words, and an experienced landscaper will have the expertise and experience to
- look at your pictures and figure out what you like about them
- be able to plan how to plan, design and technically execute what you want
Once the design is personalised and adapted to your personal taste, your property and the desired function, the design will be all your own even if it was originally influenced by another landscape design.