We ask our clients to send us three pictures they find beautiful, that are not of someone else's garden.
Works of art, photographs of fabrics, children, natural landscapes, etc. Just not a garden from Pinterest.
We look for our clients' stylistic preferences in the pictures, things like motion vs. stillness, what colors they like, openness vs. density and any recurring themes.
We then use those characteristics and the plant traits needed for each planting area to choose your plants and how they are laid out.
There are no bad choices to make here. If a client thinks a photograph is beautiful, it is a good photo. By using these photographs to create a style palette for each client, we avoid replicating our designers' favorite styles within each project and instead create spaces and gardens that are truly custom designed based on each client's stylistic preferences.
Clients who wish to share photographs of landscaping examples they like are invited to also share these example photographs, but they have a different function than the inspiration photos.