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Why the flaming? It seems a fair and reasonable question to me, irrelevant of the OP career choice. Also from looking at his website, I can't imagine that he would need to come on here and tout for work.
Before changing career some 20 odd years ago, I worked professionally as a contractor for several different well known and not so well known landscape designers, and sadly one theme was common amongst all of them, repetition of design. The one designer that has always inspired me though, is Diamuid Gavin. He is not afraid to think outside of the box, and I love his use of concrete, which is in itself a very underrated and under used product in landscape design.
Many people have absolutely no vision of what they want in respect of garden design and do need guidance, which is where the services of a designer should be engaged, but sadly more often than not, the designer does not listen to the clients needs. The majority of garden designers are also absolutely clueless about scale. Anything can be put down on paper, but taking it from the paper stage and into 3D reality is more often than not just a joke.
One other aspect about designers is that many are good at certain elements, but fall short on other elements. One may be good at hard landscaping schemes but will not be good at soft landscaping schemes, lighting etc. It is quite rare to find a designer that is good at all aspects. The sad thing about this is that the designer is always too blinkered to see/accept it.
Personally I wouldn't dream of paying someone to design a garden for me, but that is simply because I can do my own without issue, and find both design and construction easy.
We drew our garden design over 20 years ago and I have developed it since and made more beds. We had professionals to pave the terrace as the house is on a slope lengthways and the garden in on 3 levels. So I drew the design, the stone masons did the heavy stuff and a garden firm did the lawn, as it had been a farmyard and needed 2 lorryloads of earth added. We did all the digging of beds and planting. The garden is quite big, over an acre in all.
I'm afraid I'm not that keen on the contemporary, rather hard and stark style of the designer who started this thread.
I personally think that spending money on gaden decoration is such a waste. Where is the fun in creating a garden, if you let some unknown guys to do the job? There are many ways to design your garden. For example, one of my recent works - Zen Garden. It is a quick and easy DIY project. Just some extra imagination will do the job.
Well I'd employ a designer if I could. I'd love to have the hard landscaping in my garden done really well as a framework for the plants. I'd like plant suggestions, too, from a real expert, though I'd want to choose and plant them myself. That would be a much more manageable task than the one I have - taking a garden that was hideously and amateurishly entirely paved by its previous owner and take everything out and start again with little spare money, because we were also renovating the house.