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Landscape design: How much should you pay?

Last updated: 13th Jun 2019

Landscape design services have an average price of $50/hr. Your site and design plan, however, can affect the cost of the job. Typically, rates can range from $45/hr to $60/hr.

Where do these prices come from?

All prices stated in this article are based on FY 2016 pricing data compiled by The figures resulted from a comprehensive analysis of quotes submitted by Landscape Designers on the site from July 2015 to July 2016.

Landscape design prices from real customers

Nikolina from Vic
She needed a design for her front yard. The property was new, so everything had to be done from scratch. She was looking to have a lawn and plants done; top soil had already been spread on top.
TOTAL COST: $2,920
Marisa from Vic
She needed a landscape design for her small courtyard. She was thinking of doing some paving and removing grass and concrete for a streamlined finish, and she was open to removing or adding plants as well.
TOTAL COST: $3,000
Nagham from NSW
She needed to re-design her medium-sized garden, which consisted mainly of just grass and stone.
TOTAL COST: $3,000

Factors that determine landscape design cost

There are several things to consider in designing your garden; these consist of practical stuff and not just your personal preferences. Moreover, these factors can influence the cost of the actual landscaping project as well as the landscape design fees.


One of the first things that will determine the best design for your yard is the condition of the site. Having a large area is ideal if you want your garden to have a lot of features. However, if you have a smaller area, this can limit the design that can be done. Of course, a grander design would mean expensive costs, while a simpler one would be way cheaper. Additionally, take note if the surface on the site is steep or level and if the soil is mostly clay or plain sand.


Your landscape designer will have to come up with a list of plants and flowers that will not only look good in your garden but can actually grow in the type of climate you have. Remember that there are certain plants that can only thrive in a specific climate. Because of this, businesses need to be careful in planning out any landscape design.

Personal choices

After sorting out the practicalities in designing a garden, your landscape designer would have to address the style that you specifically want. Naturally, a more complex design is harder to do than a a design consisting of only the basics. Moreover, this means that a more detailed landscape design would incur higher costs.

cost of landscape design

Landscape design prices across Australia

Rates typically vary depending on the location as there are different levels of demand and supply of the service in each area. In New South Wales and Victoria, the average rate of landscape designers is $50/hr. Meanwhile, Queensland businesses charge a bit higher at approximately $55/hr.

Pricing information correct as at August 2016.

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