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Custom Landscaping in the Raleigh area

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.

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 in the Raleigh area 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.

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  • Mulched area
  • Backyard landscaping
  • Front walk
  • Backyard garden with bench
  • Japanese maple garden
  • Steps
  • Front yard landscaping

Garden Design & Installation

At DesignScapes, our design team appreciates the fact that each property has unique characteristics. We recognize each homeowner has their own desires and visions for their project.

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Hardscape Design & Installation

Dreaming of reading a book by the outdoor fireplace? Would a drystack stone wall complete the look you desire? At DesignScapes, we can create these elements and more through our own hardscape design and installation services.

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Water Gardens & Installation

The soothing sound of trickling water, the sparkle of a private koi pond: Water gardens add an atmosphere of relaxation to any landscape design. At DesignScapes, our water garden designers have experience creating stand-alone water gardens and incorporating water features into landscape master plans.

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“This was the best decision we ever made to hire DesignScapes. From the planning to the installation of our new landscape, Susan and her team were just absolutely wonderful to work with.”

Wake Forest homeowner

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