It can come as a surprise to many people that landscapes can be designed. Too often the assumption is that landscapes just happen; they emerge, by accident almost, from the countless activities and uses that occur on the land. But this ignores innumerable instances where people have intervened in the landscape with aesthetic intent, where the landscape isn’t just happenstance, but the outcome of considered planning and design. A professionally designed landscape can have innumerable benefits, both aesthetically and financially. As such, we’ve taken a look at the top 25 best landscape designers in Melbourne and curated this list to help you take the first step towards an award-winning landscape and garden design.
We've put together the a list of the best Landscape Designers in Melbourne
Whilst the relatively new kid on the block, the passion and enthusiasm (as well as some absolutely stunning work) for landscapes at Seyffer Designs is making a splash that we simply couldn’t look past.
Director James Seyffer's love and passion for gardens began at Melbourne University's Burnley campus in 2006. Inspired by this platform, James realised his dream of creating live canvasses that captivate and delights his audiences. His drive and passion were soon rewarded after receiving an award at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show in 2011. His designs showcase his love for plants, variations in natural textures and hard surfaces.
In addition, James has over a decade of experience as a qualified tradesman in landscape construction and horticulture. This experience cultivated a sound understanding of how to construct aesthetically pleasing landscapes which is now baked into his design philosophy.
James' designs strive to complement both existing and proposed elements within the garden to help achieve an outcome that both suits the environment and client's brief, whilst incorporating his sought after approach and style.
Ian Barker Gardens
Ian Barker Gardens is an award-winning landscape design, construction and maintenance service based in Canterbury, Victoria. Founded by Ian Barker in 1996, the Ian Barker team comes with a wealth of experience and knowledge, offering you a level of professionalism that is unsurpassed in the landscaping industry.
Central to everything at NBD is design. NBD places the highest importance on providing our customers with solutions that are functional, innovative and beautiful. Our design process begins with three phases; consultation, concept design and design development.
Lisa Ellis Gardens
Lisa Ellis Gardens is a multi-award winning design studio based in Melbourne. Since its establishment in 2004, the studio has formed strong ties within the industry – and is now a leader in its field. With a diverse portfolio of design work, the studio lives and breathes its strong values in every project. The studio’s landscape designers, landscape architects and horticulturalists bring their specialist expertise to challenge, inspire and extend each other every day. By combining diverse skills and knowledge, Lisa Ellis Gardens delivers elegant gardens that are practical, enduring and bespoke.
Meg has had a love of plants ever since she was a child. This love translated into the completion of a Horticultural Degree at Melbourne University, Burnley Campus. This path took her to the retail nursery business, where she worked in nurseries throughout Melbourne, including Gill's Nursery Brighton and Town and Country Gardens Malvern. She has worked in nurseries in Alice Springs and Ireland during her career and has also gained practical experience by supplying specialist garden services.
Kate Seddon LD
Kate Seddon Landscape Design, based in Melbourne Australia, aims to design gardens for living in. Integrating design and horticultural expertise, there is a keen focus on planting design and choosing plants and materials suited to the setting, a more sustainable approach to garden design. Commissioned projects include gardens throughout Melbourne’s suburbs, the Mornington and Bellarine Peninsulas, the Surf Coast and interstate, which range in style and size from courtyards through to larger scale landscapes. In every project, we begin by listening and observing on-site, taking in the architecture, surrounds, site conditions and household style, understanding as much as we can about the client, their needs and beliefs. In doing this, what we aim to deliver is a garden that truly connects with both home and owner, and becomes a place of engagement and delight.
Daniel has an individual approach to every garden, seeking to create an ambience between your home and the outdoors. We aim to bring balance back to your outdoor space by showing restraint with the built form then softening with plants to create an atmosphere that will evoke an emotional connection, changing the way you will see your garden for years to come. It is always our aim to ensure all aspects of the client’s needs and wishes are carefully considered and discussed when plans go from paper to soil.
Garden Design by Sarah
I bring my passion for gardens to you and create beautiful and functional outdoor spaces. I grew up around gardens, as my father was a Gardener and Horticulturist. My early obsession with art and illustration led me into a career initially of illustration and graphic art, and eventually to becoming a Graphic Designer. I ran my own Graphic Design business for a number of years.
After completing a Diploma in Interior Design I found that some of the principles and knowledge learnt can equally be applied to Garden Design. It now enables me to create a Garden Design with a more holistic view of both the inside and outside of the home.
Small Spaces Garden Design
Small Spaces designs are one off’s, developed to cater to each individual client’s requirements and budget. Small gardens need to work hard, you need to maximise every aspect – garden views, trees, veggies, dogs, kids, bikes, parking. It all needs to fit in a small space, be functional and naturally look great.
Luma Landscapes by Lachie Anderson is based in Kooyong, Melbourne. We provide a design and construction service, catering for all tastes, from contemporary through to traditional gardens. Lachie is a Burnley graduate and has been working in the industry for over 20 years. We have a qualified team of employees, providing a high grade of workmanship in all aspects of construction: paving, lighting, brickwork, irrigation, drainage, electrical works, planting, ponds, pergolas, feature walls and garden maintenance.
The Normark philosophy is to provide a seamless client experience, overseeing the complete Melbourne landscaping process from landscape design and architecture through landscape construction services to garden maintenance. From inner-city courtyard to large commercial open space Normark will deliver.
Hedge & Stone
Hedge and Stone is a unique team of landscapers and horticulturalists with extensive experience designing and installing beautiful gardens and outdoor spaces throughout the suburbs of Melbourne. A qualified horticulturalists with a life long passion for plants and garden design, company director Simon Tallack founded Hedge & Stone in 2005. Since then, Simon has built a team of landscapers with a skill set that allows him to offer clients a bespoke yet comprehensive in-house garden design and landscaping service with workmanship that he can guarantee.
John French Landscape Design
John French Landscape Design is a Melbourne based landscape design consultancy which has over 30 years of landscaping experience. Our landscape design ideas and experience cover pool landscaping, steep, difficult blocks which require solutions for retaining, stormwater management and soil erosion, sustainable native gardens, drought-tolerant gardens, courtyard designs, large acreage landscaping, balcony landscaping ideas as well as the quarter-acre block!
Garden Constructions is a family-owned landscaping company boasting a highly skilled and experienced team of qualified landscapers. Built on strong values, we ensure only the best quality is delivered every time. Director Ben Wilson is certified in landscape horticulture, has over 15 years of industry experience and is a registered builder, a member of Master Builders and of Landscape Victoria. Servicing the greater Melbourne area, we construct residential gardens that stand out above the rest. Having all the tools and machinery necessary, we provide a one-stop service to design and construct your dream garden.
Phillip Withers is known for our ability to act natural and create environments rich with both native and productive plant-life. For us, it’s about creating a sensory experience and a connection back to the natural landscape. Established in 2012 by Director Phillip Withers, the company has grown to become a team of dedicated landscape designers, architects and horticulturists with a true love of plant-life and an ability to paint the landscape with nature.
Blair Edwards -
Blair Edwards Landscaping is a small family-owned business offering personalised service to our clients. We offer boutique garden design and construction to clients seeking an environment, which is modern, creative and functional. From small courtyards to family size backyards, Blair Edwards Landscaping can offer a range of services from the development of the garden design concept right through the construction process and maintenance. We pride ourselves on using high-quality materials with sustainable building practices.
Nicolas John Landscapes -
We believe a great life begins with a great garden, and we know that nothing can replace the happiness and health benefits of a life lived outside. This is what drives us to make your garden a place of inspiration, well being and true connection back with nature, filled with family BBQs, picnics, games of tag and lazy Sunday afternoon naps. This is why we are committed to improving outdoor spaces in our home and business environments. That's why We believe life is better outside.
Wolf Architects -
A client of Wolf Architects is naturally someone with an appreciation of contemporary design that is beautiful, efficient, sustainable and innovative. There is the recognition that good design enhances lives, generates personal joy and happiness. Wolf Architects understand that a new home is often the most significant lifetime investment in time, money and emotions. Our clients can, therefore, be indecisive, anxious or extremely particular, and this is understandable. You want investment value assurances, with the best design and build quality achievable within your budget. This is a logical and common-sense expectation that we aim to satisfy through Intelligent Design Management (IDM).
Inspiring Landscape Solutions are landscape designers that create boutique gardens for busy professionals and families to inspire them to be closer to nature and closer together. We deliver a premium, personalised landscape design service. We produce colourful and texturally interesting garden designs that are uniquely customised to balance the sustainable, cultural and functional visions of our valued clients. Our gardens are a reflection of you and your family. Our landscape designs will reflect your own individual needs, style and cultural heritage.
AQL Landscape Design
Providing a variety of services, including landscape design, garden design and landscape construction, AQL has the knowledge to make sure your project is finished to the highest possible standard. AQL Landscape Design & Construction has developed a reputation as a thoroughly professional multi-disciplinary team of Landscape Architects, Landscape Designers, Horticulturists and Project Managers. We have developed competent working relationships with our consultation team of technical and artistic advisors. All advisors are qualified experts in their profession and help to provide the finishing touches to our design process, ensuring original and realistic designs down to the finest detail.
Outdoor Creations founder and senior designer, David Kirkpatrick, has an eminent background in Melbourne landscape design and project coordination. David heads a team of fabulous landscape architects. David is asked for regular radio interviews and provided expert advice as the gardening presenter on Network Ten’s morning program and is regularly invited to lecture at Melbourne University and other public venues.
Arcadia Sustainable Design
Arcadia Sustainable Design is based in Melbourne and caters to the Melbourne metropolitan area as well as regional Victoria. It is operated by Gary Shadforth who has a strong and varied background in horticulture, design and education. Gary has a science degree with a diploma of Horticulture at Burnley College (University of Melbourne) and Cert IV in Applied Design (Landscape) at NMIT. His career with plants and gardens has also been as a teacher of Environmental Science, mathematics and Horticulture. This has included a stint of several years at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and Healesville Sanctuary. Drawing on this background, Arcadia has a working knowledge of how people relate to gardens and plants and what garden designs work best.
Andy Murray Landscape Design
Andy Murray Landscape Design creates beautiful, bespoke gardens of style and distinction. We work hand-in-hand with our clients to design landscapes that reflect their personal vision, curated by our years of experience. Whether you’re planning an inner-city courtyard or a large country estate, you can be assured that you’ll end up with a garden that makes the most of your property and lifestyle.
COS Design was formed in early 2000 by Steve Taylor and has since become one of the country’s most highly regarded and awarded design companies. Steve and the team specialize in a professional design process from consultation to concept plans through to part or full working drawings, 3D modelling, tender management and contract admin/project management services. Services. We have an extensive portfolio of work throughout Melbourne, Victoria's regional zones, interstate and most recently internationally. With over 60 media publications and several TV features, COS Design’s work is of the highest level. Recently, Steve has also been hosting Australia's newest garden show, "Best Gardens Australia" on the 7 network which showcases some of Australia's very best garden designers and their work.
Akas landscape architecture
At AKAS Landscape Architecture we specialise in the landscape design of public spaces, private gardens and interior spaces. We have an interest in both native and exotic plants and design with them in atypical ways, we apply these plants to modern landscape principles to create functional and inviting spaces. We offer an end to end service from consultation, design concept/masterplan drawing, construction and maintenance! We offer landscape architecture, landscape design and garden design services across Australia.
There you have it, the top 25 best landscape designers in Melbourne. In this time of “shelter-in-place” and social distancing, it is more important than ever to create a beautiful space for you and your family to spend time in. If your backyard, garden or landscape is in need of a tune-up, or you’re looking to add some serious value to your property, reach out to one of the amazing designers above and start the conversation.