Des Plaines, IL 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. A Des Plaines landscape architect or designer works with living plants as well as building materials to design for future growth and maintenance as well as the present visual appeal. Landscape architecture is very regional, so look for a landscape designer in Des Plaines, IL that’s familiar with the local climate and plant types that do well there. Start here to learn more about the landscaping services in Des Plaines, IL that will help create your dream garden. More
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Amliv Land Designs is landscaping company providing custom landscape designs and installations. Each garden is... Read More
Chicago's Unparalleled Outdoor Landscape Design Specialists
Sylvia's Landscape Company, LLC., is an international landscape architecture firm that designs small gardens as...
We talk with you, not at you. Our initial consultation is about meaningful dialogue regarding your wants, needs... Read More
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Chicago Landscape Architects & Designers | Best of Houzz 2016-2018
To Chicagoland homeowners, we are the partner that creates the beautiful landscape of your dreams and enables the...
  • Click to Call(847) 634-1660
  • 22 projects in the Des Plaines area
Since 1990, Hursthouse has created enduring outdoor spaces all over Chicago. We’ve built for more than 2600... Read More
Chicago's 3x Best of Houzz Landscape Design-Build Co. & Garden Center
Chalet is the number one landscaping destination in the Chicagoland area for over 100 years. We take a...
Rooftopia's award winning team, will transform any exterior into a luxurious outdoor living space. We are a... Read More
North Shore's Premier Landscape Design Firm
Craig Bergmann Landscape Design, Inc. is a full service landscape architecture and design firm specializing in...
Our 58 years of success comes from our dedication to building long-term relationships with our clients. Whether... Read More
Chicago's Experts in Designing Beautiful & Sustainable Landscapes
We are comprised of a talented staff of nearly 40 professionals with expertise in landscape architecture,...
KMS designs and installs urban gardens. We specialize in city-sized landscapes for residential clients and small... Read More
North Shore's award winning design, construction and maintenance firm
Established in 1983, Scott Byron & Co. is a landscape architecture design, build, and maintenance company with a...
  • Click to Call(847) 689-0266
  • 15 projects in the Des Plaines area
Chicago's Client-Focused Landscape Design-Build Firm
At Wright Landscaping, we focus on developing strong client relationships, enabling us to design and deliver...
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Chicagoland's Finest Outdoor Living Space Design Specialist
Exterra Designs has 18 years of experience providing Landscape Architectural and Construction Services in the...
  • Click to Call(847) 744-8769
  • 22 projects in the Des Plaines area
Chicagoland Full Service Landscape Firm
Our commitment to artistry, impeccable craftsmanship and unwavering loyalty has earned us the reputation as one...
  • Click to Call(847) 443-9679
  • 11 projects in the Des Plaines area
A Garden Guy, Inc. Landscape Design will design, install and maintain residential and commercial properties. We... Read More
Chicago Award Winning Landscape Architect 4x Best of Houzz Winner
Blanford Design specializes in creating landscapes worth framing. We develop masterplans for your property and...
  • Click to Call(630) 528-2397
  • 15 projects in the Des Plaines area
North Shore's Full-Service Landscape Architects | Best of Houzz!
For over 25 years, we have created exceptional, elegant outdoor environments for our clients. As a full-service...
Meet the award-winning landscape architects at Van Zelst. For over 30 years, Van Zelst has provided complete... Read More
Chicago Premier Landscape Architect and Landscape Contractor
Urban, sustainable landscape architecture and ornamental horticulture. Design, build and maintenance services....
  • Click to Call(773) 786-9706
  • 10 projects in the Des Plaines area
Chicago North Shore Landscape Design-Build Firm- Best Of Houzz 2018
Calafia Design LLC was started in 2003 by Katy Sheppard. It is a culmination of years of education and experience...
  • Click to Call(847) 217-4753
  • 12 projects in the Des Plaines area
We believe in details. We believe in problem solving. We believe in artistry. ==Designers and Builders of... Read More
North Shore's Top Landscape Firm Creating Beautiful Outdoor Spaces
Our talented staff of designers can make your plans come true for a new or revitalized outdoor living space. We...
  • Click to Call(847) 262-4091
  • 11 projects in the Des Plaines area
Jill Davis Design is garden design company specializes in landscape restoration, landscape lighting, and all... Read More
Chicagoland Full Service Landscape Design & Installation
The Barn Nursery has been designing and installing landscapes in Chicagoland for over 50 years. We are licensed...
  • Click to Call(847) 737-3247
  • 18 projects in the Des Plaines area
Landscape design and installation in the Elgin, Dundee, St Charles, Geneva, and Batavia areas Read More
North Shore Landscapes that Burst with Color & Look Great Year-Long
With over 30 years of experience, you can look to Van Zelst for year-round landscapes with breathtaking color,...
  • Click to Call(847) 558-7092
  • 20 projects in the Des Plaines area
Since its inception in 1975, Ross and Jack’s Landscaping Inc. has strived to provide the Chicagoland area with... Read More
North Shore Landscape Architect, Design & Build Expert | Best of Houzz
At O’Brien Landscape, we believe your yard is an integral part of your home and we craft custom outdoor spaces...
  • Click to Call(847) 243-6665
  • 24 projects in the Des Plaines area
We are a fully integrated landscape design and construction business, serving Chicago and suburbs for 25 years. ... Read More
Chicago's Mid-Century Modern Landscape & Interior Design Specialist
Sensitive to your existing home & environmental surroundings, we develop a comprehensive vision of your interior...
  • Click to Call(312) 231-3973
  • 13 projects in the Des Plaines area
A landscape architecture studio dedicated to creating finely-detailed landscapes that respond strongly to each... Read More
North Shore's Landscape Design and Build Company - Best of Houzz
An established family firm with a reputation for creativity & excellence, Mariani Landscape is one of the largest...
  • Click to Call(847) 603-4092
  • 16 projects in the Des Plaines area
Featured Reviews for Landscape Architects and Designers in Des Plaines, IL
Amliv Land Designs
Landscape Architects and Designers in Des Plaines, IL
"Amliv Land Designs took care of landscape design and installation in many properties I would be selling for my clients. They always stayed within a budget, project time, and met all the expectations. Great company to work with."
- Resco Properties
K&D Landscape Management
Landscape Architects and Designers in Des Plaines, IL
"John and the K&D crew re-landscaped 3 sides of our house. We are very pleased with the work they did. John's plans showed imagination & originality that we have not seen elsewhere. This was the first time that we had work done (our 8th residence over 40 years), that did not require us to oversee anything! The professionalism was astounding! If we were present, it was because we were interested in the process. And the only questions to address were changes regarding availability of plantings, etc. The K&D workers were courteous and neat. A pleasure to work with and our compliments to everyone at K&D!"
- carrpark
Hursthouse Landscape Architects and Contractors
Landscape Architects and Designers in Des Plaines, IL
"The Hursthouse team patiently spent many hours developing a detailed and extensive renovation plan for our entire property. Major features of the plan included: --installing a brick paver driveway bordered by a snapcut limestone retaining wall --installing bluestone front entry walk and porch --rebuilding backyard bluestone patio and new courtyard area with water fountain and cast iron fence border --extensive landscape lighting both front and back --installing imported planter urns on pedestals --extensive tree & shrub planting, perennials & ground cover. The design added great value and enhanced our enjoyment of our property in ways we never anticipated. The entire Hursthouse team took great pride in their work and went to great lengths to make us very satisfied clients."
- caribrown
Rooftopia, LLC
Landscape Architects and Designers in Des Plaines, IL
"Rooftopia has been exceptional to work with. We live in an apt. duplex with limited space available for them to work with but they were able to create a beautiful landscape. Although we were on a tight budget, they were able to offer us so many options. Everything was completely professional. The proposal was clear and included photo images so we could visualize the layout and end product. They were in constant communication during the entire process too. They are the best in Chicago and so grateful we found them!"
- lasprogata
Schmechtig Landscapes
Landscape Architects and Designers in Des Plaines, IL
"We had a great experience with Schmechtig. They listened to our needs, created a plan for us, and executed it to perfection. The entire staff was extremely professional and I look forward to working with them again in the future."
- flourishgifts
KMS Gardens and Design
Landscape Architects and Designers in Des Plaines, IL
"We have used KMS as our landscaper for many years and we are very satisfied with their work. The landscape design they created for our home in the city is perfect for all seasons. Their creativity, knowledge and efficiency are excellent. The service is timely and communication is good. We highly recommend this company"
- rmjones811
Marilyn's Dreamscapes L.L.C.
Landscape Architects and Designers in Des Plaines, IL
"Marilyn could not be more courteous, patient and knowledgeable about her profession. She has an excellent eye for design of both landscapes and hardscapes and we could not be more thrilled with the end product of her work. She is very hands on, will work to keep costs down, and always has a smile on her face. You won't be dissappointed with the result if you work with Marilyn. Guaranteed!"
- geemoney3135
A Garden Guy, Inc. Landscape Design
Landscape Architects and Designers in Des Plaines, IL
"My fiancée and I recently purchased a house and began the process of making it our own. One of the projects, which are ongoing, is to liven up our backyard. Earlier in the year, a garden guy planted 50+ flowers/shrubs along the perimeter of the backyard. An additional recommendation was to install a vintage whiskey barrel to catch rainwater. Overall, the look of the backyard has been greatly enhanced and we have received many compliments, especially on the whiskey barrel. A garden guy is a pleasure to work with, knowledgeable and fair on pricing. Next year, we plan on using him for work along our driveway, as well as the installation of landscape lighting."
- mpapciak1
Van Zelst Inc
Landscape Architects and Designers in Des Plaines, IL
"We have had the pleasure of partnering with with Van Zelst, Inc. on numerous jobs over many years. Each project has been thoughtfully designed, and professionally executed from start to finish. We look forward to our next opportunity to partner with them."
- Rosebrook Pools, Inc.
Arrow. Land + Structures
Landscape Architects and Designers in Des Plaines, IL
"We have worked with Arrow Shop on a number of projects. Their designs offer clients a good mix of creativity and along with functional use of outdoor space. Marco and Tony are a pleasure to work with."
- Rosebrook Pools, Inc.
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What does a landscape architect do?


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 Des Plaines, IL house. From there the Des Plaines landscaper will develop preliminary concepts for your front or backyard design based on individual needs including the 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 licensed Illinois landscapers are 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 does a landscape designer do?


A Des Plaines 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 landscaper in Des Plaines, IL 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 an Illinois 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. Here are some related professionals and vendors to complement the work of landscape architects & landscape designers: Landscape Contractors, Garden & Landscape Supplies, Tree Services, Gardeners, Lawn Care & Sprinklers, Decks, Patios & Outdoor Enclosures.

Questions to ask prospective landscapers in Des Plaines, IL:


  • Can you provide me with references?
  • How long have you been in the landscaping 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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