Tracey Cole

Tracey Cole

Landscapers or Gardeners – What is the difference?

There is a lot of confusion about the difference between a landscaper and a gardener. 

Apart from the fact that they can both turn your garden into a beautiful space, and both involve creating a functional, aesthetically pleasing outdoor area landscapers and gardeners actually differ greatly in their professions.


Landscaping is an overall plan of your garden, involving discussions with the client as to their wish list, considering space, future maintainence, accessibility, privacy and design. It starts from the ground up, adding all the elements in the design layout, including the planting of trees, shrubs and annual or perennial plants. 

The ‘hard’ landscaping can consist of laying a stunning new pathway using slabs, gravel or pavers, maybe a few large rocks to give definition to a border. Patios and seating areas are also important and necessary. 

The landscaper will advise on suitable plantings, taking into consideration the client’s preferences, then, when the ‘hard’ landscaping has been completed, add the chosen botanical plantings, bringing the whole garden to life.


Gardeners will plant, weed, cultivate and maintain a garden. It’s an ongoing activity as gardens require attention all year round.

 Generally, gardeners are plantsmen as they deal mainly in plants and planting, pruning and care of lawns. Of course, there are many different types of garden, sloping, flat, small or large, some with existing trees and shrubs, and others totally bare. 

The location, weather and soil type also has to be considered, plants need to be in the correct soil and position to thrive. Colour is also a factor in achieving the desired effect.

A beautiful garden means a beautiful home, so if you want to totally redesign your outdoor space, choose a landscaper, alternatively choose a gardener to plant up and maintain your garden. The choice is yours!

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