Award-Winning Landscape Design-Build

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Award-Winning Landscape Design-Build

Providing the best landscape design-build experience in the Southeast, DabneyCollins designs and constructs extraordinary outdoor spaces, including garden design and construction, landscape architecture, hardscapes, swimming pool design and installation, lighting design, and legacy care. Explore breathtaking design-build ideas for 2024 and start the collaborative conversation as the team listens to your dreams for the perfect landscape. DabneyCollins’ full-service landscape design firm adapts the rich heritage of hospitality and relaxed elegance of true Southern living to modern life. We design and engineer projects across the Upstate for Greenville, Seneca, Spartanburg, Lake Keowee, Lake Hartwell, Anderson, Piedmont, and Williamston, to name a few.

Backyard Luxury Garden

New American Garden Design

The DabneyCollins’ portfolio of work artfully blends clients’ specific vision with meticulous regard for architectural and environmental nuances, designing luxury gardens that exude integrity, beauty, and longevity.  Classic gardens, like this one in the heart of Greenville, SC, elicit sociability, curiosity, and hidden discovery. Our ideal of the “New American Garden” is not really new; it simply combines everything we hold dear. The more diverse and considered the plant palette, the more ecologically functional the system, even if that system is only the size of a backyard. Our award-winning gardens exude hospitality, entertainment, and tranquility in a structured elegance where the wilder forces of flora and fauna coexist.

Wood Garden Door leading to a Luxury Garden
Immersed Seating on the Outer Terrace with overgrown greenery as a canopy
Modern Luxury Backyard Ideas
View of the Garden Water Feature from the luxury garden pool
Hedges next to the pool and terrace of the luxury garden
Backyard Luxury Garden
Garden water feature along the brick wall
Water fountain for Luxury Garden
Brick Building Luxury Garden Structure surrounded with elegant shrubbery
Square Patch Grass Beside the Brick Luxury Garden Building
Closed Dual Swing Iron Gates on perimeter of luxury garden design
Iron Gateway Entrance to the Luxury Garden Design
Manicured Lawn, Swimming Pool, and Ivy-Covered Brick Wall framing luxury garden
View from the pool looking at the luxury garden terrace with furniture and pavilion
Alternate View of the Garden Water Feature from the luxury garden pool
Potted plant on the terrace of the luxury garden
Luxury Backyard Garden
Additional iron gate on backside of luxury garden
High End Garden Design
Backside of Brick Building Luxury Garden Structure surrounded with elegant shrubbery
Modern luxury backyard ideas
View over the ivy-covered brick wall of the greenery surrounding the luxury garden
View from Pavilion overlooking garden water fountain and lush greenery

Landscape Architecture and Hardscapes

Following a site inventory with our lead designer, estimator, and horticulturist, the architecture design phases begin with revisions and discussions about value engineering and timelines to secure your budget and schedule. It is our greatest joy to dream with each client and then bring that dream to life together. From entrance development and driveway layout to site circulation, hardscaping, architecture, pool design, outdoor lighting and custom water features, our team of architects and designers creates the finest luxury outdoor spaces in the Southeast. In every phase of property development, we integrate residential master planning with a landscape architect’s expertise. Our design development interweaves structural coherence, human experience, and environmental consciousness for unmatched wonder alongside structured elegance.

Morning sunlight reaching through a beautiful tree over with a luxury garden water fountain
Tall garden feature birdhouse with view of rollin greens and luxury garden
luxury garden overlooking pond with deck and sitting chair
firepit overlooking garden design
deep woods within the garden design
sun breaking through deep woods in luxury garden
greenhouse on the rolling greens of the luxury garden design
view from greenhouse of rolling greens
Wide angle of morning sunlight reaching through a beautiful tree over with a luxury garden water fountain
wide angle of tall garden feature birdhouse with view of rollin greens and luxury garden
alternate view of luxury garden overlooking pond with deck and sitting chair
view from the firepit out over swimming pool
hearth in deep woods surrounded by seating looking out on luxury garden
close up of hearth in deep woods
angle of greenhouse on the rolling greens of the luxury garden design
entrance to rolling greens of luxury garden
Swimming Pool and Garden Backdrop with landscape lighting

Luxury Swimming Pool Design

The swimming pool design process begins with listening. As the dream for your pool unfolds, onsite conversations help to discover the unique constraints and assets of your property. A DabneyCollins lead designer works with estimators, horticulturists, and finishing designers through several revisions to present your final design. Swimming pool design holds tremendous potential to promote human interaction and make space for meaningful experiences. In a time of technological isolation, swimming pools and spas act as an experiential anchor for family and community gatherings and a genuine invitation for lifelong memories. As the construction process ensues, a project manager communicates with you to set expectations regarding the type and timing of work based on your project schedule. Working with the highest quality materials, the most experienced craftsmen, and the best horticultural practices DabneyCollins’ designs are built with meticulous detail. Upon completion, a detail crew white-gloves the site, checking every system and removing all traces of construction activity. 

Alternate Pool view of contemporary home from the rolling greens of the luxury garden
Pool view of contemporary home from the rolling greens of the luxury garden
View of the Pool and surrounding garden from the contemporary home
View overlooking rolling greens and hearth from the contemporary pool
Family gathered around the hardscape of an outdoor hearth that sits in a contemporary garden
Sunshine breaking through the greenery over the contemporary pool
View of the pool from concrete pathway in contemporary garden
Landscape Lighting Design around the contemporary pool
Wide angle of contemporary garden with rolling greens
Rollings greens looking down towards the outdoor firepit

Lighting Design and Finishing

Anything is possible as you explore lighting design and finishing ideas with DabneyCollins. The finishing touches, including furniture and integral garden accessories such as planters, lanterns, and gates, correlate to the style and architectural references of the house. Timeless furniture, an unobtrusive sound system, and elegant lighting create a feeling of welcome, extending the safety and enjoyment of your outdoor spaces beyond the daytime and into the night. Retaining walls blend seamlessly into the landscape of botanical selections ranging from vibrant flowers and majestic trees to perennial beauty and lush shrubs, secured by meticulous curation of furniture, robust fences, and inviting patios, decks, and terraces. Enjoy serene garden features at any hour, like fountains, ponds, and cascading waterfalls, alongside aquatic havens and pools brilliantly lit. Whether you are outside in the garden or inside simply looking out, subtle lighting evokes feelings of sanctuary and wonder. As graduates and members of the International Landscape Lighting Institute, our lighting team creates artistic, sympathetic illumination for your architecture and grounds.

Luxury Garden Design Lighting of Mountain Retreat in Upstate SC
Alternate View of Luxury Garden Design Lighting of Mountain Retreat in Upstate SC
view of luxury pool
Close up view of the Pavilion with seating amidst luxury garden design
Planting patterns around stone staircase
Garden Design Lighting Feature with seating along hardscaping with trees in background
Courtyard of mountain retreat with planting clusters
Wide view of mountain retreat courtyard
Luxury Garden Design of Mountain Retreat with reflection in luxury pool
Alternate View of Luxury Garden Design of Mountain Retreat with reflection in luxury pool
Luxury Garden Design of Mountain Retreat back Pavilion with seating on terrace
Garden Water Feature overlooking Pavilion
Winding staircase leading towards garden water feature with planting patterns in background
Planting clusters
Garden sculpture in courtyard of mountain retreat with planting clusters around it
Gated entrance to the mountain retreat

Legacy Garden Care and Maintenance

Landscape design-build is not static, and the end of construction is only the beginning of our relationship with you. Our legacy garden team provides support for existing clients, whether troubleshooting an issue, updating a system, or developing a new design-build area. With stewardship and proper care, every property has the potential to flourish and improve over time. Landscapes hold deep potential to enrich human life and make space for meaningful, in-person experiences. From garden design and landscape architecture to pool design, lighting design, finishing, and maintenance, DabneyCollins’ design-build is a tangible anchor for reflection, connection, and peace in a time of increasing disconnection and virtual noise. 

Randall
Randall
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They keep their promises and complete the job very well. Quality and professional work done in a timely manner.
John M
John M
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DabneyCollins outlined a comprehensive plan and implemented the plan in several phases. We were extremely pleased with the overall garden landscape design and the quality of the workmanship was outstanding. Great job!
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Lynn Pruitt
Lynn Pruitt
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If there ever was a company that exceeded our hopes and expectations, it is DabneyCollins. Never having worked with them before we didn't know what to expect. In all honestly, they blew us away! Having gone through construction and landscaping in our various moves, we had some idea how the project should go... well were we wrong! This company does it better, faster and more professional than any other we have EVER worked with. Every worker was kind, courteous and professional. We enjoyed the process! (Not something we have ever said before!) I can not recommend DabneyCollins enough. We are customers for life!!
Emme Gannon
Emme Gannon
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My husband and I recently had DabneyCollins do a complete transformation to our landscape. We had serious drainage issues as well as hardscape repair in our back courtyard. In all our years of being homeowners, we can honestly say each and every person working on our project was an expert in the field, worked over and above our expectations, and have been professional at every turn. Our unique taste was incorporated into the beautiful garden design ideas - they attended to every detail - and continue to come by to check on the health of plants. I highly recommend this company. They are not only excellent at what they do but are good people. A winning combination to be sure!
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Joey Cagle
Joey Cagle
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Kenny Collins and his team at DabneyCollins are the most professional and experienced team I've ever dealt with from start to finish. I would not hesitate to use DabneyCollins for future garden design and and landscape projects.
Sandy Hardy
Sandy Hardy
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DabneyCollins just completed an extensive landscape project for our entire yard. From the very start they were very easy to work with, came up with creative ideas, and spend a lot of time planning everything in advance. Once they arrived to actually do the work they worked 5 days a week from 8 until 6 pm Monday through Friday. They did not leave our project until everything was completed. When I would go home at lunch the supervisor would stop whatever he was doing and give me an update and ask any questions. Changes along the way were handled quickly and often if I added a detail that morning by the time I got home at lunch they were already working on it. Wonderful experience...I could not be happier!
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6550 Liberty Hwy

Pendleton, SC 29670

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6550 Liberty Hwy

Pendleton, SC 29670

Design

We begin the design phase by listening to your dreams for the garden. Conversations continue onsite to discover the unique constraints and assets of your property. There will be one lead designer assigned to your project, and our estimators, horticulturists, and finishing designers will be involved throughout the process as well. This approach promotes continuity while including the essential contributions of our specialists. The design will often go through several revisions, punctuated by discussions about value engineering and timeline to make sure your budget and schedule are honored.

Design

We begin the design phase by listening to your dreams for the garden. Conversations continue onsite to discover the unique constraints and assets of your property. There will be one lead designer assigned to your project, and our estimators, horticulturists, and finishing designers will be involved throughout the process as well. This approach promotes continuity while including the essential contributions of our specialists. The design will often go through several revisions, punctuated by discussions about value engineering and timeline to make sure your budget and schedule are honored.