The Garden Design Process
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.
I listen carefully to the client’s ideas, preferences and needs and discuss the budget. This also gives the client a good understanding of what's involved.
I produce the design brief for approval, carrying out a site survey and photograph the garden. I then create a master layout drawing including a planting plan, plant list and mood board to help illustrate the project. I also often produce elevation and perspective drawings.
Once the design is approved, I obtain quotes from my preferred contractors for the landscaping work. I plant smaller projects myself and oversee professional gardeners for larger ones.
My initial consultation is free.
At the start of the garden design project I carry out a site analysis. I use this to develop a design brief on which to base the overall concept and style of the garden.
This involves discussions with the client about the likely uses of the garden, their likes and dislikes, and preferred styles.
I take into consideration the age and style of the property, soil type, orientation of the garden and weather conditions. I then prepare a wish list of features and plants to be included in the garden.
I will take numerous photographs and measurements during the survey which will form the core elements of the garden design. For larger or more complex gardens a professional site survey will be carried out by a specialist garden surveyor.
Finally I prepare a design brief and site analysis which form the basis of the new garden design.
Once the design brief has been agreed I will produce a concept plan which will give an idea of the overall design of the garden. I discuss this with the client to ensure they are happy with the design before going on to produce the layout plan.
The layout plan gives a comprehensive scale representation of the client’s new garden or border.
When the layout has been finalised, I produce a planting plan showing the plant varieties, numbers, spacing and placement.
In addition, mood boards will familiarise the client with key plant varieties, colours, textures and materials that will be included in the design. I may also produce an elevation and perspective drawing depending on the design.
Once the planting plan has been approved I send the plant list of a nurseries to check on availability and prices before giving a full quotation.
Construction and Planting
I work with professional landscapers for most projects, overseeing the project to ensure the end result meets the client's brief.
I always work with professional highly reputable landscapers who work to a very high standard.
I also plant up the smaller projects myself.
I will return to the garden after 6 months to check if any minor adjustments in planting are required.
In order to keep your garden looking its best, I offer a maintenance service including horticultural advice and thoughts on changes you may wish to makes as the garden matures.