Our Approach

The Garden Design Process

9 steps to create a garden that's just right for you

A great garden design process is all about partnership. 

We take the time to get to know you and your garden dreams, so we can turn them into a design that fits with your lifestyle.

  • Collaboration is key to good garden design. We work with experienced landscape professionals to bring your vision to life. 
  • We offer a site inspection service during the build process to ensure the design is completed as specified. 

Initial Consultation

The garden design process begins with an initial consultation

  • We’ll discuss the goals and preferences you have for your garden and assess your current outdoor space.
  • After the meeting, we’ll create a comprehensive brief of your proposed design.
  • We’ll also include an outline of our design process and the fee structure for your project.

Site Assessment and Concept Design

We undertake a site analysis and get a topographical survey

  • We perform a site analysis to understand the relationship between your house, the garden and its surroundings.
  • We also obtain a topographical survey that shows the layout of the site, including any changes in level, existing trees, and underground services.
  • With this information, we develop your 2D and 3D concept designs.

The Master Plan

Once you approve the sketch plan, those drawings are used to create the master plan.

  • This is a detailed representation of the final garden design, shown in various views including plan, elevation, and 3D.
  • We also includes a materials palette – showing the types of paving, brickwork, and other elements used in your garden.
  • Plus a planting palette – that demonstrates the overall character of the proposed plants.

Construction and Layout Drawings

We design customised outdoor features such as pergolas, pools, and paving to give your garden a unique look.

  • The contractor uses our drawings to accurately build each structure and know which materials to use.
  • Layout or cascade drawings help the contractor take accurate measurements on-site to ensure the garden is laid out correctly.
  • These drawings include site dimensions, slope details for paths and patios, drainage plans, and spot heights.

Planting Plans

With our encyclopaedic horticultural knowledge, we design pleasing and long-lasting floral borders

  • We are keen advocates of the right plant, right place method of planting.
  • This means understanding soil type, soil pH, likely rainfall, wind exposure, plus sun and shade areas means we can adapt the planting specifically for your site.
  • We are also proponents of sustainable gardening which is the avoidance of garden practices which are harmful to nature. 
  •  We will suggest planting more natural insect-friendly species to encourage local wildlife.

Tender Documentation

Tendering is the process where interested landscapers are invited to give bids on the garden construction work

  • Tender documentation details the work carried out, which materials should be used and the quantities required. 
  • It ensures that each landscaper tendering for work is costed on a like-for-like basis.
  • For larger gardens, we create a separate tender specification.
  • This assists the contractor in the wider scope of the project.

Hard Landscaping & Site Inspections

Once you have selected your landscaper, the hard landscaping begins

  • The contractor will produce a schedule of work and the dates for construction will be planned.
  • We can arrange a series of project monitoring site visits during the build phase.
  • These monitor the progress of the project and check on the quality of the work.

Soft Landscaping

Once the construction is complete we begin the planting

  • We will take delivery of any soft landscaping to ensure the quality of the plants is of a high standard.

  • We will also set out the plants to be certain that our planting designs are adhered to correctly.


Aftercare helps to keep your garden looking good

  • We provide plant maintenance schedules with instructions on how to care for each specimen within your new scheme with information such as:
    • The plant’s flowering period,
    • when to feed or mulch it,
    • how to prune it,
    • propagation methods and
    • which diseases to look out for.

Talk to us about your dream garden project

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