Whatever garden design project you are considering, the first step is for me to meet you and see your garden. We will complete a client questionnaire so that I fully understand your requirements. For small design projects, I can carry out a site analysis and take measurements of the garden on the same day. Understanding the growing conditions within a garden is crucial to a successfully designed garden.
Successful border design requires a good knowledge of horticulture to ensure that the plants chosen are suited to the conditions. This is combined with the careful use of colour and texture of flowers and foliage to create an attractive composition throughout the year. To make it your beautiful garden, I will develop a style for your garden which complements your house, the surrounding area and your tastes. You are welcome to use the planting plan to develop your border over time, or can arrange delivery of plants from reliable local nurseries.
Gardens are often put together piecemeal over several years with no clear, overall design. Harmony and balance are often lost in the process. I can provide a concept design which will help you create a harmonious design in the style you desire.
For a concept design, the questionnaire will be used to produce a client brief which describes your requirements. We will agree on the features to be included, such as terraces, ponds, summerhouses and play areas. These will then be incorporated into the design of the garden. The detail of the design will show the main structural trees and shrubs, and the types of planting will be described. The concept design can be used to help you develop the garden yourself, or can be used as the basis of a full garden design project.
A full garden design begins with a site survey and analysis of your garden. I will use the agreed client brief to produce an outline design which will include the details of the garden features and hard landscaping that you require. For complicated features such as ponds, pergolas, walls and steps, I will produce detailed construction specifications.
Once you have approved the design plans, I can arrange for local, reputable landscapers to provide quotations for the work. This gives you the freedom to choose the landscaper which offers the best solution for your garden, and gives you some control over the expense of the project. I am happy to visit during the hard landscaping phase to clarify any design queries.
The final design stage is the planting plan. For each area of the garden I will produce a detailed plan showing the plants required. I can arrange delivery of the plants direct from the nursery and will supervise the planting. Continued maintenance is crucial for a successfully designed garden. I will provide a maintenance schedule and can recommend local professional gardeners if required.
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