“Work with me to ensure you make best use of your budget, creating a garden which suits your house and increases its value. I will suggest plants that will thrive, a garden which you can maintain easily and a space which you will love living in.”
We’ll meet you at your home to talk through what you would like and get to know both you and your garden and share some early ideas about the kind of garden we will create.
You’ll receive a letter and an email outlining what we’ve talked through and setting out how my fees are broken down.
If you are happy with the proposal, we’ll visit you again to take a detailed survey of your garden and discuss your style and preferences. At this stage we’ll analyse the soil, the moisture levels, the aspect, take lots of photographs, work out access and drainage and talk to you in more detail about what you would like your new garden to achieve. We’ll also carry out a detailed survey of all 3 dimensions of the garden which I can use to create a scale plan.
Using design principles of unity, balance, harmony and functionality I will create an overview of how the garden will be laid out. Often I will draw the boundaries of your garden and then use tracing paper to explore different layouts, taking into account important views, drainage, any electrical circuits and how the garden will need to be accessed for maintenance.
Once I have a basic layout which works, I will analyse each potential border and create a planting design which delivers what you want, whether a low maintenance garden, year round colour or somewhere you can garden every day. There are as many possibilities as there are plants and plants are used to form the skeleton and substance of your garden as well as the decoration.
After the design and plant combinations are approved, hard landscaping, lighting and water specialists will be contracted to build your new garden. I can suggest landscapers I have worked with before, people close to you or I am happy for you to use your own builders if there is already someone whose work you trust. I can visit once or twice, once a week or not at all – I am there as much as you need me to be. At the final stage of the build any trees, plants and bulbs will be delivered and planted. I think this is the most exciting part – this is when the garden really starts to take shape and is the first step in your garden’s establishment, which takes time.
I can create a detailed maintenance schedule which you, your local gardener or I can follow to ensure your new garden is cared for appropriately. I am confident in the plants I specify and the people who grow them: if you follow my maintenance advice or ask me to maintain the garden, every plant will thrive.
I want you to enjoy your garden and for it to give you pleasure. If you would like, I will visit you a year after your garden is completed to see how you and your plants are getting on, help you with anything you would like advice about and ensure your garden is the place you want it to be.