March 12, 2024

7 Tips for Choosing the Best Landscape Design Company in Alpharetta, Roswell, Sandy Springs, and beyond. 

Alpharetta landscape design with pool by outside landscape group

Finding a great landscape architect or landscape design company near you can be challenging.   In this article, we’ll review 7 key factors to consider to find the best landscape design-build firm in any area, inside or outside the North Atlanta “triangle”. 

#1 Landscape Design & Installation Experience:

When it comes to landscaping, experience matters. Look for companies with a proven track record in North Atlanta. A seasoned landscape design company will not only have a portfolio showcasing their previous projects but will also possess the knowledge and expertise to navigate the unique challenges presented by the North Atlanta climate and soil conditions.

#2 Local Knowledge:

For example, Alpharetta has warm summers and mild winters, which provide a longer growing season for plants in the winter but can also mean your plants have to stand up to fungus and disease that stress shrubs and flowers in the summer.  Choose a company with a landscape architect who understands Alpharetta’s weather patterns and will design landscapes with plantings that will thrive.

Alpharetta Landscape Photo Gallery Of Top Landscape Designs
Landscape Photo Gallery Of Top Landscape Designs In Alpharetta, Sandy Springs, And Roswell, Ga

#3 Portfolio and Design Style:

Every landscape design company will have its own unique style. Thoroughly review a company’s portfolio and landscape photo gallery. See if their design aesthetic aligns with your vision for your outdoor space. 

Look for versatility in their portfolio, showcasing a range of landscape styles, hardscape abilities for patios & walkways, and examples of pool designs if you are considering a total backyard makeover. 

TOP TIP:  Great landscape firms will invest in a high-end website to showcase a wide variety of project photos, including before & after landscape installation images. 

#4 Reputation and Reviews:

Look at prospective landscape company websites for customer testimonials and use online resources to research and read reviews. Websites like Best Picks, Google Reviews, and Angi can provide valuable insights into the experiences of previous clients. A company with a positive reputation is more likely to deliver quality service, beautiful landscape plans, excellent landscape construction, and meet your expectations overall.

Outside Landscape Review Badges From Anti Best Picks Google Houzz
Outside Landscape Review Badges From Anti Best Picks Google Houzz Landscape Design By Outside Landscape

#5 Communication and Collaboration:

Effective communication is key to a successful landscaping project. Ask questions to be sure you understand your landscape company’s process. At your first meeting, be sure the landscape designer listens to your ideas, addresses your concerns, and communicates clearly. The initial meeting will give insight into the experience you can expect throughout the design and implementation process. 

A collaborative approach to landscape design ensures that your preferences are considered, leading to a finished product that reflects your vision.  

TOP TIP: Excellent landscape companies will provide a landscape rendering (a drawing by a landscape architect or designer).

#6 Licensing and Insurance:

Ensure that the landscape design company you choose is licensed (which demonstrates that the company meets certain standards and has the necessary qualifications) and insured (to protect you and the company in the event of accidents or unforeseen issues during the project.)

#7 Budget Considerations:

While it’s important to stay within budget, be cautious about selecting a landscape design company based solely on cost. Quality work often comes at a price, and investing in a reputable landscape design-build company can lead to a more satisfying and enduring result. 

TOP TIP: Request a detailed quote for plants, trees, excavation, installation, and all facets of the project.  This will help ensure that all costs, including potential additional fees, are transparent from the beginning.


Check out our galleries to view our recent landscape projects and our amazing before & after landscape photos.

Written by Outside Landscape Group, Branches in Atlanta (and cities north) and Lake Martin, Alabama.


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