About Us

DesignScapes is a landscaping firm specializing in custom residential landscaping design and installation. DesignScapes was established in 1987 in Raleigh, North Carolina by Susan Downing. The landscaping company has since been serving the Triangle area with custom landscape design and installation, along with our outstanding customer service.

At DesignScapes, our passion for the beauty of nature is evident in everything we do. Just examine our landscaping portfolio and you’ll discover an array of appealing and vivid designs that enhance their natural surroundings. Our focus is on delivering ideas and solutions that enhance your dream landscape. Our extensive knowledge of plant pairings and seasonal color means you will enjoy your new landscaping year round.


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About Our Owner

The heart of DesignScapes’ landscaping operations can be found with owner, Susan Downing. She is a North Carolina native and NC State graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture, specializing in landscape design. Susan’s love for creating beautiful landscapes is second only to her desire for satisfied landscape clients. She works alongside the landscaping client to ensure their dream landscape becomes an actuality.

She has built DesignScapes around two core principles: to create visually stunning landscapes and to serve each client fully and attentively in order to create lasting relationships. Her hand-selected team of landscaping professionals reflect these core values, and work to ensure that each landscaping project is completed in a timely and courteous manner.

Custom Landscaping

Year-round color. The soothing sound of water. Fragrance and flowers to attract birds and butterflies. What do you want from your home’s landscaping? At DesignScapes, landscape design and installation specialists, we work with you to create the yard you’ve been dreaming of.

At DesignScapes, we’re as passionate about your landscaping as you are. Led by Susan Downing, a licensed landscape contractor with a degree in Landscape Design from NCSU, DesignScapes has the knowledge and experience to help you realize your vision.

Whether you’re looking for a water scape, a butterfly garden, hardscape design or all three, our designer will create that garden that you desire. Your dream yard is possible. Call the landscaping specialists who are truly committed to beautiful, functional landscaping. We love what we do – and we think you will as well.

Please use our contact form to contact us about your project. With our team eager to begin your project, we look forward to hearing from you soon!


Our foremost responsibility is to be sensitive and receptive to our clients as individuals, in order to maximize the ultimate outcome of the project.” – Susan DowningPresident