Flowers and foliage in a garden border - silver elaeagnus, which has scented flowers, and pale pink astrantia.


This is a description of stages in the process of designing and creating a garden. I aim to provide you with as much (or as little) help as you want and am happy to fit in with how you want to run your project.

Consultation Visit

I will visit and talk through with you your thoughts about your garden, give advice, make suggestions and answer any questions you may have. I aim to help you solve any problems and clarify your views, so that you are ready to carry your project forward, either by yourself or with assistance with any improvements, renovations or design you may wish. Where appropriate I will draw sketch plans during the visit to illustrate features discussed. This visit can stand alone or I can help further if wished, eg by drawing up plans or by making a follow-up visit.

Garden Design

Initial Design Discussion

I will meet with you to discuss what you want from your garden and to view the plot. From here I will provide an estimated costing for the work you require. If preferred, the process could start with a Consultation Visit (see above) with the option to move on to further work if wished.

Design Concept Plan

Having surveyed the garden and discussed your brief further, I will produce a Design Concept Plan and meet with you to discuss this. This is a good stage at which to incorporate any additions or alterations you may wish.

Design Layout Plan

A plan showing the layout and structures of the garden is then drawn up, with notes to provide further information for the garden construction team.

Design Planting Plan with Plant List

A plan showing the position of each plant or group of plants is produced, accompanied by a plant list giving the botanic names, common names, suggested sizes and quantities of the plants. This can be for a complete garden or an individual border.


Where a garden does not need a complete design, but existing planting is in need of rejuvenation or new planting areas are to be created, I can draw up planting plans and plant lists for particular areas.

I source and supply trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses, ferns, climbers, bulbs, annuals and wildflowers. I can place these in position for you or your landscaping contractor to plant, or carry out the planting myself with a horticultural team.


I provide site visits during the construction process to monitor the progress of the project. I can recommend landscaping contractors who have a track record of producing gardens to my customers’ satisfaction, and am also happy to work with any landscaping contractor you choose.

After Care

I provide visits after the creation of the garden, to advise on managing the garden as it develops, the choice of any seasonal planting desired and any changes that would be beneficial. These visits can also include mentoring for new gardeners, with advice on pruning and plant care. I also offer horticultural visits to supplement work done by yourselves or your gardener – during these I can carry out seasonal tasks such as specialist pruning and dead heading and check that the plants are thriving.

If you do not see exactly what you are looking for on this list, please do contact me and I will do my best to meet your needs.