Bringing a horticultural vision to life often requires a professional garden designer. We work with several award winning garden designers who are able to develop plans from a first drawing to a flourishing finished garden and have our own in house garden designer, Tina Vallis.
Initial steps involve discussing with the client their requirements. For example confirming desired style, budget, the time they have to dedicate to maintaining the garden and highlighting any potential implications such as soil type or wind prevalence. Once familiar with the site, including its dimensions, slopes and views, the designer will create an outline plan of hard and soft landscaping for the client to review and approve. This could include pond or retaining wall installation, incorporating pergolas or rockeries.
From here, the client may choose to implement their own planting. However, for more complex or larger designs, the designer can generate a more detailed planting plan. From their depth of knowledge of plants, they will include specifics such as which flowers and plants with thrive in your garden, the number required and their position within the design. Larger specimen plants can be used to achieve a more “instant” finished look or younger plants can be used to allow a garden to mature naturally over time. The designer will also take into account soil conditions, correct spacing and the overall wishes of the client.