Garden design services

Whether you're looking for a container with some interesting plants to brighten up your doorstep, you want to encourage wildlife, grow your own fruit and veg, refurbish an overgrown or unloved area, or create an exciting new outdoor space to relax in, I can help you find design solutions and make them real.

 

If you're a small business with an outdoor space I can help you make your premises more attractive and appealing for customers through skilled, imaginative and good value design, planting and aftercare.

I'll spend time understanding what you would like, what your budget is, and how your garden fits into your lifestyle and tastes. 

A garden design project usually involves the following steps:
 

  • Free initial home visit and consultation to discuss the space you have, what you're looking for, how you'd like to use the space, what your rough budget is.

  • I'll send you an initial proposal based on our first meeting, setting out my initial understanding of your brief, my design fee and services I will provide.

  • If you'd like to proceed, I'll send you a more formal written proposal with the Society of Garden Designers standard Terms of Engagement.

  • To get started, I'll visit you again to have a more detailed discussion about your requirements and draw up a client brief. I may ask you to create a mood board to communicate the style of garden you'd like using Pinterest, for example.

  • I'll carry out a site survey to take accurate measurements, draw up a site plan and note the key features of your outdoor space

  • I'll prepare an outline design for your approval and make reasonable amount of amendments. 

  • I'll prepare a detailed scale drawing of the finalised design and a planting plan showing every plant to be used

  • If there are hard landscaping works to be carried out, I can help you find the right contractor. I carry out all my own planting.

  • I will provide you with advice on how to look after the plants in your new garden. I also offer an aftercare service to ensure your garden flourishes and gives you enduring pleasure


I'm very flexible in my approach and these stages can be simplified for smaller jobs to suit you.

I use a website called Shoot Gardening to help me design gardens, select the right plants and to communicate and collaborate with clients. It also allows me to provide you with personalised month-by-month care advice by email for all the plants in your garden at no extra cost for one year.

I'm happy to offer a garden audit / consultancy service and provide you with a written report evaluating your current garden space and providing suggestions to improve it, for a fixed fee.

Aftercare services

Garden designers can start off gardens well but even the most "low maintenance" garden needs skilled ongoing care to get established and flourish. Newly planted gardens need particular care and management to settle in.

 

I offer a professional aftercare service to make sure your garden looks great and continues to flourish. I provide a range of garden maintenance services either as a one-off or on a regular basis including:

 

  • pruning small trees and shrubs at the right time to improve their shape and encourage healthy new growth

  • cutting back old herbaceous growth to encourage new season growth

  • lifting, dividing and replanting clumps of old herbaceous plants that have become overcrowded over time

  • weeding and mulching beds and borders

  • replanting container-grown plants and refreshing the compost to give plants a new lease of life

  • adding new plants or replacing old plants past their best

  • laying a new lawn

  • lawn care including moss treatment, feeding and grass cutting

  • hedge cutting

  • identifying and treating pests and diseases

  • pressure washing paving and other hard surfaces

  • I use quality plants suited to your garden conditions from reputable nurseries often at a substantial trade discount. 

  • I have professional indemnity and public liability insurance.

  • I can devise a tailored annual maintenance plan for your garden covering all the regular seasonal tasks required to keep it in great shape with periodic visits.

    I am trying to create and maintain gardens in an environmentally responsible way. This means reducing my carbon footprint, supporting biodiversity, rainwater harvesting, composting, reducing the use of pesticides and encouraging clients to make choices that avoid contributing to the looming climate emergency. For more  on this see my blog posts.  

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