garden design services in east dorset

Creating a new outdoor space is a great investment, providing you and your family with a green oasis to escape into. A garden could be somewhere for you to simply sit and enjoy the views in quiet-time and peaceful contemplation, surrounded by beautiful plants. You may want a garden where your children spend happy hours playing, or a garden where you entertain family and friends in a lovely setting.

Whatever your dream, I offer a range of garden design services to help you achieve the garden you want – a garden designed to meet your own personal taste, life-style and needs.

Should you want a one-off consultation to get you started, I will provide you with inspirational ideas and practical advice on how to develop them.

If your shrub borders and flower beds are looking tired, let me provide you with fresh ideas and a new planting scheme.

Whatever aspect of garden design you wish to discuss, please contact me to arrange a meeting so we can explore garden design opportunities for your garden

PoolThumb100x100This meeting, which lasts about two hours, gives me a chance to appraise your garden, and gain a thorough understanding from you of what you want to achieve from it. I’ll provide you with ideas and practical advice on how these ideas can be turned into reality and advise how to take care of plants and generally maintain your garden. Following our meeting I’ll write to you, outlining what we talked through and my suggestions, setting out your brief, my fee for drawing up a set of plans should you wish to proceed and my payment terms. The cost of this is £195, payable at the end of the consultation.

SnapshotsDSCN0152The first task is to survey your garden. In most instances I undertake this myself at no additional cost to you. However if the garden is large and complex I’ll advise you and recommend a professional land surveyor to carry out the work on your behalf. At this stage we would decide on trees, shrubs and existing features that are to remain.

Untitled-1Working to your brief and the survey, I’ll draw up a set of plans incorporating the features we discussed, and including a Planting Scheme and Plant Schedule. I also provide samples of suggested hard landscaping materials.

WhitewallclimbersPlants are key to any finished design and taking into consideration the style of your garden and its environment, the soil type and aspect, and your likes and dislikes, I draw up a detailed planting scheme together with a Plant Schedule listing all the plants in their recommended pot sizes. The variety and number of each plant is clearly positioned on the planting scheme so that it is easy to follow when planting out.

SnapshotDSCN0157A garden is a living thing and even a low maintenance garden needs some care. To help you get to know your plants I can provide a Maintenance Plan. This sets out straight-forward advice on how and when to care for your plants particularly in the early days when they are newly planted and still finding their feet.

ongoing help and adviceI’m always on hand to help a client make the best of their garden, whether it is to develop it further, or simply to answer queries on plant care and general upkeep.