Design Process

Designing your creative landscape with color, fragrance and texture.

Yucca Rigida

Step One: The Consultation

Creative Landscapes, Inc. provides you with a free initial visit to begin the process of establishing a productive working relationship. We discuss your goals and needs while making suggestions that take into account existing obstacles, potential views and site considerations.

What are your favorite colors? How much water are you willing to provide? We work together to determine a theme that will best blend form and function into your landscape design dream. Your ideas matter. Your personality matters. And even if you think your garden design aspirations are crazy, that’s just fine with us.

Visit our Plant Library for just some of the unique plants that have made their way into our past designs.

Step Two: Site Analysis & Landscape Design

When you engage our services after the initial interview, we begin the process of collaboration in earnest. Creative Landscapes, Inc. conducts a complete site analysis to measure and photograph the site, discusses your budget and goals. Making revisions based on your needs, when the scale drawing is complete, we make an appointment to present you with the finished plan which includes an iPad display of bright, full color photos of the plants we have chosen for your garden. We’ll go over options, textures, a comprehensive plant list and any questions you may have.

Step Three: Landscape Installation

Creative Landscapes, Inc. doesn’t hand off the task of installing your garden to a different contractor. Upon approval of your garden design, we begin preparing your site for planting and the construction of ponds, paths and other structures. Great soil preparation is always a must and of course unique plants. While we might make minor adjustments to the working plan as we see how the project progresses, we will work with the home and clients to make the design fit with the landscape.

Step Four: The Final Product

We’re involved every step of the way to make sure that the landscape we envisioned together is the landscape you end up with. Creative Landscapes, Inc. takes pride in providing a finished product that will not just feed the senses, but continue to prosper season after season.

How involved do you want to be with the maintenance? We would be happy to teach you how to do some of the work, or you can bring us back for the important task of pruning. A garden turns out best if it is a joint effort and the level of care and consideration will reflect in your beautiful new landscape design. For more on our pruning services, visit our ornamental pruning page.

In our Case Study section, we’ve selected a small collection of projects to showcase some more in depth details about our work. Dealing with different requirements, diverse needs and always staying true to what works best in our Pacific Northwest climate, these projects are a prime example of the success of the Creative Landscapes, Inc. design process. The Case Study section includes a red inspired perennial garden with a Japanese maple tree, a native garden, a formal Mediterranean garden and the moving of a massive Dogwood tree blooming with sentimental value.

Visit our Services page to see more of the options we can incorporate into your creative landscape and Contact Us when you are ready to take that first step in planning your garden design.

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