Landscape design in Los Angeles, incorporating native plants (alder and coast live oak trees) with Southern California friendly plants (such as aeoniums and lantana).

Landscape Design 

What is landscape design? It is a philosophy, aesthetic, and functional form of a landscape. These aspects can change across cultures and specific needs for your property. Much of landscape design comes down to personal preference for your property. Of course, there a particular aspects that must be adhered to, such as avoiding channeling water towards a building’s foundation.

It is also important to remember that newly installed plants and trees will grow, so enough space should be allotted in between them. If this is not done, especially between trees, overcrowding can become a serious problem.

On to some of the fun questions in landscape design: do you want a modern, clean aesthetic or a rustic cottage look? California native or desert-scape? There really is not a wrong answer (depending on the style of your house), but it is important to install plants that have the capability to thrive in the local climate. Creating a lush, tropical garden in Southern California will require a lot of supplemental water, and more maintenance. Such a design can lead to high costs and potential heartbreak (if it doesn’t work out or once you see your water bill). There are, however, ways to accomplish a tropical like aesthetic with Southern California appropriate plants that suggest the tropics.

This is what proper landscape design does – it creates something that best incorporates the client’s wishes with the natural climate, ecology, and the existing foundational conditions of the property. It is complex work, but we will be more than happy to help guide you on the path to a beautiful landscape.