What is Garden Design

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Many people are not fully aware of what garden design is, or should be.


Hopefully the outline below will help clarify what Plews could offer you in the way of garden design.


Your garden

So, what is Garden Design?

Garden design is the first stage to consider when you’re thinking about refurbishing your garden.

Garden design includes looking at the existing garden in all aspects; what your ideals are; whether these are achievable on your budget; how to manage the budget and project, for example, would a staged approach be more suitable?

Garden design deals with hard landscaping, for example, patio, decking and fences; soft landscaping, which is all the green stuff, for example, turf lawns, planting of new trees and flowers, retaining some of your existing plants.

There is a practical as well as a creative element to garden design , mainly the use of garden space, i.e. how you use it now, how you would like to use it and how this might change, for example, as the kids grow up or if you have a house extension; and sundries, for example, washing line, statuary, lighting.


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Understanding your requirements

So, what is Garden Design and what does a garden designer do?

A good garden designer needs to consider you and your garden from an expert’s viewpoint to enable you to get the best out of our service (and therefore the best garden possible). It involves a lot of listening and asking of questions, and also includes other aspects that a designer needs to look at and consider, both practical and creative.

A garden design can be a total re-think of a whole garden, be that rear garden or front garden. It could also be a planting design for an existing border; or a partial garden design, for example, for a vegetable garden, new seating area or wildlife habitat within the existing garden.

Even ‘just a patio’ can cost thousands of pounds and it would be a shame to spend your money and not get good value and the garden you would like at the end.

Plews is somewhat different in being able to offer the creative, scientific / horticultural and practical aspects required for

So if you’d like to know more about how a garden design would suit you and your garden, have a look here and let’s get chatting.

And if you’re interested in knowing how else we can resolve your gardening issues with our other gardening services, drop us an email.


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Plews Garden Design is an award winning family run business offering Garden Design, Gardening Lessons, Gardening and Horticultural Advice to clients in London, Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Essex and the Home Counties and across the UK.

Plews Garden Design owner, Marie  has written and published eBooks and articles, and writes a weekly blog – Plews Potting Shed – on a range of gardening topics.


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