Design and Horticulture
Design and Horticulture


The Design Process​​


  • After intial contact via telephone or email we can arrange to meet on site to discuss your requirements. Dependent on this I will send you a questionnaire to complete prior to our meeting.  It can be helpful to look through garden and home magazines, the internet and if possble visit local gardens for inspiration which will help to clarify your desired outcome.

  • There may be a charge to cover time and travel expenses.

  • From this meeting I will compile a client brief and design proposal along with a breakdown of the design fee. This ensures your needs are met and understood. Once this is agreed we can move to the next stage.


  • This will involve measuring the space, analysing the soil and charting the aspect. We will look at features to be retained or removed. For larger more complicated sites I will arrange for a specalist survey to be done. It can be helpful if you have an architects plan of your property.

       Concept sketches

  • These first outline sketches will help you to decide on a prefered shape and uses of space before we add in the details. At this stage we will develop ideas, amending where necessary, building towards your indivdual style.

        Master Plan

  • The final presentation plan is a scaled drawing showing the garden layout, detailing all hard landscaping, chosen structures and features. This may include sections and elevations of key features making them easier to visualise.

  • Once the plan is approved it can be sent out to landscape contractors for estimates. You can at this stage pay for the plan alone or engage us to oversee the project on your behalf. This involves liasing between yourself and the contractors making sure they understand the design brief and that the job is within their capabilities.

        Constuction Drawings

  • Detailed drawings for hard landscaping features ie, water features, pergolas, steps etc can be produced. Written specifications are prepared for the contractors to ensure like for like quotation.



  • Plans showing plant positions and quantities can be produced once the garden layout is finalised, bringing the garden to life. This is also a stand alone service should a full design not be required.
  • Soil analysis and improvement.
  • Green roofs and walls.
  • Plant sourcing, supply and delivery.
  • Planting and aftercare.


  • Seasonal
  • Regular
  • Tree and Lawn care
  • Garden coaching
  • Design and horticultural advice
  • Border rejuvenation
  • Garden Rescue
  • Pots and baskets


Print Print | Sitemap
© The Plantsmith