Planting Design

This is where we look at your current (or nonexistent) planting or borders then design a scheme to suit your needs and budget

As part of the Planting design, we will look at:

  • The health of any existing planting which you would like to retain
  • The soil condition and suitability for the type of plants you would like
  • Your needs and budget

This service, like the full garden design service, starts with a brief questionnaire and an initial design visit.

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A Planting Design for your garden can be:

  1. A design by us, where we can produce a design concept, planting lists and planting plan; suggest sources for purchase (online and local to you); border preparation instructions and plant maintenance notes for keeping your plants healthy in the long term. This, along with email and phone support, enables those who would like to get their hands dirty to do so.
  2. Similar to the above planting design scheme, except that we would purchase the flowers and shrubs for you and plant them. As well as plant maintenance notes, we also provide a ‘plant health check’ visit.
  3. Planting design at a distance: similar to 1, however with enhanced input at your end where we instruct you how to carry out soil tests, necessary photographs, etc.

A Planting Design is suitable for

  • Gardens where there will be no change to the structure of the garden
  • Replanting an area: garden borders
  • Creating a vegetable patch, perhaps with raised beds
  • Designing a herb garden or mini orchard
  • Front gardens
  • Patio planting
  • Appropriate for both large and small spaces
  • A way to optimise the positioning of plants in your garden

A Planting Design is not suitable for

  • Gardens needing landscape work and build done – a full garden design is needed

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