The first thing that happens is usually an on-site visit, so we can look at your property and discuss your goals. Then I come up with a design agreement, come and measure, draft a base drawing and start designing. From there it's a matter of tweaking, listening to your feedback, and tweaking some more. If you need help with estimating and installation, I can work with your landscaper or find you someone to do the work.
That depends on several things. If you have a good survey or site plan, that saves a lot of time measuring. If you'd like to see 3D drawings like this one, that takes a bit more time than a simple hand drawing. If you are doing work that requires permits, there's the steps to go through with your local building department. I am a licensed landscape architect in Ohio, so I can help you with that process.
I have done mostly residential landscapes for the past 11 years--pools, patios, driveways, planting, kitchens, you name it. I've also worked on small commercial jobs, some big resorts and community plans, and a lot of school gardens. I wrote my master's thesis on using scented plants and materials for memory therapy gardens with elderly people in nursing homes and hospitals.