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Design Process

Consultation and Brief

Understanding the client and the location is essential to a successful garden design. Initial consultations are undertaken in person and on-site where possible. We meet to view the garden and explore the client’s taste, style and requirements. Following this, we produce a written design brief with the design fee proposal.

Survey & Site Analysis

A professional site survey is carried out to assess boundaries, existing features, trees, levels and other measurements required for the design. We undertake our own site analysis to accompany the survey, noting factors that will influence the design. This gives us the opportunity to explore the landscape in more detail recording any information we need for the design. The topographical survey is usually carried out by a land surveyor while the site analysis is done by myself and my team.

Design Concept

This is the beginning of the design process. We present the proposed outline design with accompanying visuals and discuss the ideas and options. This includes a 2D masterplan, CGI model and visuals. These allow us to discuss and develop the garden and enable you to visualise your new garden. A fixed fee is charged for this stage.

Design Detailing

We produce a detailed masterplan including all the information a contractor needs to produce a quote. We take pride in our details, making sure every aspect of the garden is fully considered (for example, right down to the spacing of stepping stones to suit a client’s stride). We produce a full set of plans including lighting design, construction drawings and a specification which go out to tender to selected landscape construction companies. Where necessary we work with other specialists such as architects and engineers to ensure you get the best solutions for your garden.

Planting Design

We suggest colour palettes and planting styles suitable for the site. Working with the client to include preferred plants and colour schemes, we produce detailed planting plans with an accompanying specification. Maintenance requirements are an important consideration at this stage to ensure the garden is manageable post-completion. Whether you are a green-fingered enthusiast or prefer a very low maintenance garden, we always design planting to suit your practical needs.


The tender pack of plans and specification go out to a number of recommended contractors. They will provide a detailed quotation for the work. After assessing these with the client we advise on choosing the right contractor for their project.