321 Chicago Landscape Architects and Designers

Professional landscaping anchors a house to the site, connects it with the environment and creates a welcoming entrance to a home. Garden designers and landscape architects design with living plants and building materials, and they always keep in mind future growth, maintenance and overall visual appeal. Landscape architecture is very regional, so look for a landscape designer that’s familiar with the Chicago climate and plant types that do well there. Start here to learn more about the landscaping services that will help you create your dream garden. More 
Glencoe,Winnetka,Wilmette,Lake Forest,IL, IL, 60022
Each design that we conceive is a unique, artistic response to the individuality of your home and your desires. We specialize in designing beautifully balanced and well planned... Read More
Small's Landscaping is a Multi-Award winning design/build custom landscape company. We specialize in unusual and unique plants and materials.
Chicago, IL, 60436
K&D Landscape provides solution-driven landscape design for our clients. Our work includes a diverse portfolio of traditional and contemporary landscapes throughout Chicagoland... Read More
Craig Bergmann Landscape Design, Inc. is a full service landscape architecture and design firm specializing in "The Art of Fine Gardening."
Milieu Design (847) 465-1160
Barrington, Wheeling, Wauconda, IL, 60090
Best of Houzz! Award winning Landscape Design Firm. We help our clients celebrate life through the creation and care of their natural outdoor Milieu. Established in 1987,... Read More
Chicago Roof Deck & Garden is an award winning full service outdoor design/build firm, serving the Chicago area with over 30 years of value enhancing perspective.
Lemont, IL, 60439
Whatever you have in mind, our devoted landscape architects and designers have the talent, experience and passion to create it just how you envision. For over 25 years, our... Read More
Blanford Design (224) 778-5317
Blanford Design specializes in creating landscapes worth framing. We develop masterplans for your property and guide you through the construction and implementation of your landscape.
Bolingbrook, IL, 60440
By taking the time to understand what’s most important to each client, Hursthouse is able to create extraordinary outdoor environments that both reflect and enhance people’s lives... Read More
Full-service urban landscape design/build firm specializing in rooftop gardens, terraces, decks and similar elevated spaces.
Chicago, IL, 60642
Chicago Roof Deck & Garden is a full service outdoor design/build firm serving the Chicago area with over 30 years of value enhancing perspective. We design to fit our client's... Read More
We continue to stay connected with all the newest green & eco friendly technologies & advances in landscape design/installation. Keeping current allows us to offer the best the industry has to offer.
Van Zelst Inc (847) 623-3580
Wadsworth, IL, 60083
Meet the award-winning landscape architects at Van Zelst. For over 30 years, Van Zelst has provided complete design, installation and maintenance services throughout Chicago's... Read More
Grant & Power Landscaping has over 30 years of experience designing and installing award-winning artistic landscapes and fabulous outdoor getaways in Chicago and surrounding suburbs.
Oak Brook, IL, 60523
VizX Design Studios LLC is the preferred 3D Outdoor Living & Home Improvement Design Firm. Our design Studio will work with you in order to realize a rich, innovative, enticing... Read More
At Western DuPage Landscaping we work closely with our clients to develop goals, objectives and a plan to fulfill their landscape needs.
Chicago, IL, 60612
A landscape architecture studio dedicated to creating finely-detailed landscapes that respond strongly to each specific site and grow more beautiful with age. Our process... Read More
Our philosophy is to treat the landscape of our client’s property as if it is our own by combining expert design consultation, professional craftsmanship, quality materials and superior customer care.
Chicago, IL, 60642
Chicago Specialty Gardens (CSG) is a full-service urban garden design/build firm headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. We are specialists in the design, construction and... Read More
In & Out Design (847) 772-6018
Arlington Heights, IL, 60004
BEST OF HOUZZ 2014! IN & OUT DESIGN is a unique design firm which specializes in extraordinary, affordable exterior and interior transformations. Their comprehensive design and... Read More
Blanford Design (224) 778-5317
Mundelein, IL, 60060
Blanford Design specializes in creating landscapes worth framing.We develop masterplans for your property and guide you through the construction and implementation of your... Read More
Glenview, IL, 60025
Exterra Designs responsiveness, creativity and quality are our focus as we do what we do best...Creating Exterior Environments. We provide Landscape Architectural and... Read More
Premier Service (630) 321-9530
Lemont, IL, 60439
Premier is a Design/Build Landscape company focusing on the high-end residential market in the greater Chicagoland area. Mission: Premier operates on a daily basis for the... Read More
Vernon Hills, IL, 60061
To Chicagoland homeowners, we are the partner that creates the beautiful landscape of your dreams and enables the lifestyle you want. To our colleagues in the industry, we are... Read More
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What is a landscape architect?


The work of this outdoor professional includes most everything surrounding a home's exterior. A landscaping architect can even work with the home architect to choose the right spot for your Chicago house. From there, he or she will develop preliminary concepts for your front or backyard design based on individual needs, including the Chicago climate and activities that will take place, as well as layouts and planting plans. Landscape architects will also design any structures or outbuildings that will be added to the space. Any grading changes that will be added to the yard are also the responsibility of the architect. This includes any drainage modifications. An engineer can also be responsible for these tasks, but a licensed professional is fully capable. Like building architects, they will produce preliminary concept drawings, as well as detailed construction documents and planting plans. Three-dimensional renderings and illustrative plans are all supplementary.

What is a landscape designer?


A landscaping designer generally will have ecological, aesthetic and technical training, which helps them maximize the potential of your outdoor space. Keeping in mind both style and functionality, garden designers analyze your architecture and yard to produce a plan that may or may not include location and materials for walkways, patios, water features, fences, garden aspects and more. In addition, a Chicago garden designer will carefully assess your geographic region to choose plants, trees and flowers that will flourish naturally, as well as address concerns such as drainage, screening and soil conditions. Certain landscape designers only help with the planning portion, while some may deliver the plans and then oversee a hired landscaping contractor. Others — typically following a design-build approach — take care of both the design and all aspects of the landscape architecture and construction.

Before you hire a professional landscaper, consider the scope and emphasis of your outdoor project. Landscape architects, who typically hold advanced degrees in their field, are trained to develop comprehensive structural plans that include plants, hardscaping, water use, drainage and more. Landscape designers typically specialize in the aesthetic and horticultural, rather than structural, side of yard and garden planning. They might or might not have advanced training. Even within their fields, a garden designer may specialize in hardscape- or vegetation-focused designs. In some cases you might need to hire additional help to get the outdoor space you want.

Questions to ask prospective landscapers:


  • Can you provide me with references?
  • How long have you been in the business?
  • What is your certification?
  • Do you have liability insurance?
  • How much do you charge, and what does that include?
  • What regions and climates are you skilled in?
  • Can you accommodate my special requests (such as ADA or LEED)?
  • What types of renderings will you produce?
  • What is your experience with similar projects?
  • When can you complete this project?
  • What do your services include?
  • Who will be working on the project design?
  • What happens when costs exceed budget, whether due to materials or labor pricing changes? What about changes made by the client or by the professionals — what kinds of situations would cause those costs to be incurred?
  • Can you provide me with a written estimate?
  • What will I need to provide?
  • Are there any important considerations or concerns that you know of or that might come up in the future with this project?

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