12 things you need to know about working with a landscape designer

A beautifuly landscaped garden with manicured lawns and flowerbeds
(Image credit: Natalia Odescalchi)

Could hiring a landscape designer improve your home? When planning an expensive home improvement or self-build project it’s easy to focus on the house and forget the surrounding landscape. 

Cost plays a big factor in this – you might be working to a tight budget, and decide to chalk landscaping up to a job that you’ll do later down the line. But when the build is finished you’re left with an empty mass staring you in the face through your pristine glazing. 

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Joe Perkins

BA (Hons), MA Landscape Architecture, PGDip Garden Design. Joe has 25 years of design experience, 10 years as the manager of a respected landscape construction company and 15 years of involvement in planning and delivering gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show and other RHS shows. Most recently he achieved 2 gold medals for his designs at the Chelsea Flower Show and the award for Horticultural Excellence at the Shenzhen Flower Show in 2023.

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Helen Elks Smith

In 2019 Helen was made a Fellow of the Society of Garden Designers for her outstanding contribution to the industry and has won numerous awards including two RHS gold medals, three design awards from the Society of Garden Designers (SGD) and two Design Excellence Awards from the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI).

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Andrew Duff

Andrew is a British Garden Designer and educationalist based in London and Wales. With over thirty years’ experience, Andrew designs large and small gardens both in the UK and internationally. 

Teresa Conway
Deputy editor on Homebuilding & Renovating

Teresa was part of a team that launched Easy Gardens in 2018 and worked as the Editor on this magazine. She has extensive experience writing and editing content on gardens and landscaping on brands such as Homes & Gardens, Country Homes & Interiors and Living Etc magazine. She has developed close working relationships with top landscape architects and leading industry experts, and has been exposed to an array of rich content and expertise.

In 2020 Teresa bought her first home. She and her partner worked alongside architects and builders to transform the downstairs area of her two bedroom Victorian house in north London into a usable space for her family. Along the way she learned the stresses, woes and joys of home renovation, and is now looking to her next project, landscaping the back garden.