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Design Process

Your Dream Garden Design

To ensure you receive a well-designed, well-executed garden, we break the design process down into a series of logical 'Stages', as outlined below.

At each stage you will have the opportunity to review and comment on how the design is progressing. 


This level of involvement ensures you are fully informed and guided throughout the process, so you can be sure that your garden is developing as it should, tailored at all stages to satisfy your property's requirements and, most importantly, your specific personal needs.

The Design Stages

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Stage 1

Initial Site Visit

Following an initial telphone consultation, we conduct an initial site visit to gain a better understanding of your requirements, get a feel for the space and determine the garden brief.  We can then provide you with a detailed fee proposal for the design of your garden.

Stage 2

Concept Design

The next step is appointment of a professional surveyor to conduct a full survey of the site, to determine the layout as well as the topography and existing services.  From this we produce the garden concept design in the form of 2D and 3D images, with mood boards to support the concept presentation.  At this stage the focus is on the layout of the garden for your approval, rather than the specific details.

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Stage 3

Developed Design

After the concept has been agreed, the details of the design are taken a step further to produce the final masterplan, incorporating spatial arrangements, material palettes and planting mood boards.  This detailed development and overall visualisation of the garden design helps provide you with a sense of your new garden.

Stage 4

Technical Design

Your approval of the Masterplan leads to the preparation of setting out plans, detailed section and construction drawings, design detailing of all hard landscaping elements, lighting and irrigation plans require.  This efficient communication of the design enables landscapers to assess and quote for everything they need to bring your garden design to reality.

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Garden Design Process - Stage 6 - Planting design

Stage 5

Planting Design

The Planting Palette showing suitable species for the design is produced and a Planting Plan is drawn up.  This sets out the locations of all plants on site to enable planting by the selected Landscaper.  A plant schedule listing species, pot size and quantities for costing and ordering is finalised.

Stage 6


All design documents are packaged for pricing by Landscape Contractors and returned costings checked for errors.  We then select and meet with potential landscapers before reviewing their proposals and providing our recommendations for a suitable landscaper for the project.


Stage 7

Site Monitoring

We offer site monitoring during construction of the garden design, to ensure the design is being followed correctly . 


Stage 8


Upon completion, a seasonal maintenance schedule is provided and aftercare arrangements are discussed.  We offer ongoing visits to advise on maintenance and any interventions to improve your garden as it evolves over time.  We can also recommend a local company to help care for your new garden to keep it looking its best all year round.

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Start the Process!

To discuss your own garden design project, please call Dan Hartley on 07814 776 032

or email

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