I work closely with my clients at every stage of the garden design process to ensure the final garden design meets their requirements. All my garden designs are bespoke, and will transform your garden into a unique outside space that will be a delight for years to come.

The design process is in 6 stages.

The Design Process

Initial consultation

Lysmachia, Camassia and Lindelofia, Alison Murray Garden Design

During the first meeting with a client on site ensures I will discuss their requirements and explore their vision for the garden, how the garden will be used, their likes and dislikes, and preferred styles. 


I will take time to fully understand the space, and how it will connect with the property and work most effectively for the client. 

We will also discuss desired timescales and budget.

Site survey and analysis

A full topographical survey of the existing site will be carried out by a professional garden surveyor where necessary. I also conduct surveys for smaller projects.

I then undertake the site analysis taking into consideration a variety of factors, including the age and style of the property, soil type, orientation of the garden, existing key features etc. I use this to develop a design brief on which forms the basis of the new garden design.

Garden survey by Alison Murray garden design

Concept Drawings

Once the client has agreed on the design brief, I create sketches of initial design options giving ideas on how the space flows and where key elements in the design could reside.

After close discussion with the client and further development the agreed concept  drawing will be used to create the final design. 

Concept drawing by Alison Murray garden design


The Masterplan is an accurate representation of the design.


This is supported by setting out diagrams containing detailed measurements and layout of hard landscaping along and often elevations and sketches.


Mood boards will familiarise the client with key plant varieties, colours, textures and materials that will be included in the design.

Planting Plan

The planting plan shows the plant varieties, numbers, spacing and placement, along with a plant list.


This is used to budget, source and procure plants. 

Planting plan


gravel garden landscaping

Once the design is completely agreed upon we will go out to tender to professional landscapers. I will then work closely with the chosen landscaper to ensure the garden is implemented to the design. 

On successful completion and hand-over of the project I will provide a garden maintenance schedule for you or your gardener. I also often revisit a garden annually or at more regular intervals in an advisory capacity.

Masterplan by Alison Murray garden design