How We Work

While every garden is unique and deserves a bespoke design and approach, the typical steps in a project are outlined below as a guide.

Initial consultation and brief

We meet with you to discuss what your hopes are for your garden, how you wish to use it and the practical requirements you have for the space. From this we will be able to gauge what is required and make a formal proposal for our services. Really understanding your needs is key to a successful design for both designer and client.

Site survey and analysis

The site survey forms the basis of your design. Unless the site is very straightforward we would instruct a surveyor to carry out a detailed land survey. They will look at boundaries, existing services, trees and shrubs, as well as any other features and level changes. We will then carry out a site analysis looking at the soil conditions, taking photographs and get a feel for the space.

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Outline design proposal

With all the above information gathered, we work up the ideas for your garden into an outline design proposal to show you what your garden could become. Mood boards, plans, illustrations suggestions for planting and materials are all brought together for discussion.

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Detailed design

Once you are happy with the outline design proposal, we develop the detail from which the design can be constructed. Depending on the needs of the job these could include a detailed masterplan, construction drawings, planting plans and schedules.

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Tendering and construction

We don’t carry out landscaping services ourselves, but we can help you find the right contractor for the job and manage the whole process. We can recommend contractors for the job or work with your preferred contractor to get the garden built.

Plant sourcing and planting

The selection and sourcing of the highest quality plants for your garden is essential to you getting the best results. We have a wide range of nurseries that we work regularly with and we can organise the sourcing and delivery at your convenience. We take particular care in setting out the plants on site ourselves ensuring they get the best possible start.

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At the end of the project we provide you with a maintenance programme that you and/or your gardener can follow making sure that your garden develops and matures as it should. We can work with you on this programme offering advice on an ongoing basis as required.

Get in touch to discuss your project

In order to set up a call with you, we require a few basic details relating to the project you have in mind. Please fill in the form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.