A successful landscape design project is heavily dependent on the designer’s ability to be creative within your budget, while satisfying your aesthetic and functional goals. Your designer will shepherd you through the landscape planning process- but there are things that you can do to inform yourself independently. More collaboration means a more personalized result.
Head to Pinterest
Pinterest is the place to find images of the best of well… everything. Landscape design projects are no exception. Creating an account is free and browsing images of projects that are similar to what you want to accomplish is genuinely easy. Just save the designs you like to one of your ‘boards.’ You can then easily share them with collaborators. There’s even a place for notes- which is useful if you want to expand on a particular aspect of a design or design element that you like (send it to the designer!). For help with boards- check out the link below.
Helpful Link > How To Create A Pinterest Board
LINK URL: https://help.pinterest.com/en/article/create-a-board
Here are 100 or so examples of pinterest boards created by Ed (one of PLANT’s designers) and I have assembled a few more pinterest boards for people just like you! You will see that each has a unique and different aesthetic and creative feel.
Whether or not you’re working with a landscape designer, Pinterest images will help you to create a collection of designs that inspires you. As you collect images that appeal to you, a style or a general aesthetic will start to emerge and finding more of what you like becomes easier. You will find yourself empowered to articulate what you like and don’t like, having the language to search online effectively for valuable project inspiration and ideas.
At PLANT, we routinely use Pinterest to suggest and receive design ideas during the landscape design process. Pinterest is an easy-to-use tool and has a ton of amazing images of just about every conceivable type of backyard project.
Google Image Search
You can also perform Google image searches for the project type you’re interested in based on what you consider to have beauty and appeal.
PRO TIP: To search Google for images results only, perform your search as you regularly would and then select ‘images’ in the upper left hand corner of your screen (mobile and desktop).
If you find an image of a patio and landscape that you just love- save it. If you find an image that has one or two elements you love- save it. If you find an image and can see that very same design applied to your own outdoor space- save it.
Once you start to build a collection of examples that you like- a designer will be able to get a feel for where you want to go with the project. They will get to know your likes and dislikes. When an aesthetic is determined, you can narrow in on materials and products that are a part of that design style or tradition.
Here are several common landscape styles:
Formal－ Characterized by clean lines, manicured hedges, mass plantings of brightly-colored annual flowers and perfect symmetry.
Bucks County Formal－ A formal landscape punctuated by flowing curves, traditional Bucks County stone walls and muted colors via perennials like Hameln Grasses, Nepeta, Geranium and Periwinkle.
Traditional American－ Manicured and well-spaced individual plantings are interspersed with mulch and flowering landscape trees.
French Provincial－ Hedges, courtyards, purple, silver and white flowers, with dusty tans, wrought irons and aged timbers.
Modern－ Sweeping asymmetrical features, clean lines, mass plantings and unique, artful interruptions of the status quo.
Cottage/English－ Multi-layered plantings of lush flowers and grasses, sweeping bed lines and a well-planned garden layout.