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How To Choose A Landscape Designer

There are many reasons behind hiring a landscape designer. Maybe you want to overhaul your existing flowerbeds and start from scratch. Or you want to add some additional plants, but aren’t sure where to begin. A lack of time can be a factor as well – gardening can be a time-consuming task, even you’re just choosing and planting flowers. No matter the reason, there are some things to look for when choosing a landscape designer.

Experience and Education

One of the most important questions to ask is about how much experience the landscape design company has. Also, you need to include a few regarding the education of the designers. This can range from a college degree in architectural landscape design to a certificate in horticulture. With that said, experience and a clear vision are what really matter here. You need to find a landscape designer to who can come up with and execute a plan for your yard.

Liability Insurance, Licensing, and Bonding

Every landscaping company needs to have the right kind of insurance, just in case something goes wrong. You’re probably thinking “It’s gardening! What’s the worst that can happen?” Well, you’d be surprised. Rocks can accidentally go through windows (thanks to lawn mowers), underground pipes can break while a tiller digs up your yard, and so on. Insurance is for all of those little contingencies. In Ohio, a landscape architect (or a landscape architect firm – there are two types listed) needs to be properly licensed by the state. If they don’t have this license, then they are operating illegally. You need to ask your potential landscape design company to ensure that they meet this requirement.

Specific Gardening Practices

And then there are specific gardening practices. This is a catch-all phrase that encompasses the things that truly matter to you. Do you want a company that handles all organic gardening? What about one that practices water conservation? Will they choose local, native plants or find ones that will work well in your yard, but actually come from other climates? There are many other gardening practices to ask about as well depending on your specific needs.


Last, but far from least, the cost is another concern when it comes to choosing a landscape designer. Will they be able to stay within your budget? If you have a specific amount set aside for this purpose, you need to make sure that the company you choose can work within your boundaries.

Top Ten Colorful Plant Choices For Your Patio

A patio garden can be a stunning addition to your yard. These gardens are easy to care for since each plant grows in a container. This means less weeding, something that no one enjoys. If you’re looking for add some color to your patio or porch, look no further than these ten very colorful plants.

1) Geraniums

Geraniums need soil that drains well. They require between six and eight hours of sunlight a day, so make sure to place in a sunlit spot on your patio or deck.

2) Jasmine

Jasmine is less colorful than some of the other plants on this list, but it smells great and makes a nice addition to a patio container garden.

3) Angelonia

Angelonia, also known as snapdragon, comes in a wide array of colors. This plant loves hot weather and will thrive all summer long.

4) Plumbago

Plumbago is actually a shrub that will grow to be between eight and ten feet tall. However, a younger plant fits nicely in a patio planter. Just be prepared to replant it in your yard at a later date.

5) Pentas

Depending on the climate, pentas are either perennials or annuals. Here in Ohio, they’re going to be annuals. These pink, purple, red, or white flowers attract birds to your yard.

6) Gardenias

Gardenia plants produce fairly large flowers. They like hot weather and mix of both sun and shade, making them ideal to grow in pots that can be moved around.

7) Petunias

Grandiflora petunias are excellent container-based plants. They come in a number of different colors and can add some variety to your patio garden. However, you do need to keep them out of the rain, since it can damage them.

8) Impatiens

Impatiens attract birds to your yard, making them ideal if you have a lot of cats who like to sit indoors and look out the window. These flowers come in white, red, yellow, purple, orange, and pink.

9) Sunflowers

Most sunflowers reach a height of six feet tall. Thankfully, there are plenty of shorter varieties that will grow properly in a container. Look for the Music Box, Pacino, Teddybear, and Big Smile varietals. They’ll grow to be no more than three feet tall.

10) Angel’s Trumpet

Angel’s Trumpet is a tropical plant that grows into a large tree. However, in Ohio’s climate, it stays small and will thrive in a container – as long as you bring it indoors on cool nights.

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