Design and Horticulture
Design and Horticulture

The design process



  • After intial contact, we will arrange to meet on site to discuss your requirements. If time is short, I can send a short questionnaire to complete prior to our meeting. 

  • Depending on where you live, there may be a charge to cover time and travel expenses.

  • Next, a client brief and design proposal will be compiled 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 or more complicated sites, I will arrange for a specalist survey to be done. If you have an architect's plan of your property, these can also be used.


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. At this stage you can pay for the plan alone or engage us to oversee the project on your behalf. If you decide to continue with us, The Plantsmith will liase 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 (eg: water features, pergolas, steps etc) are produced. Written specifications are prepared for the contractors to ensure detailed and reasonable estimates.



  • Plans showing plant positions and quantities can be produced once the garden layout is finalised, bringing the garden to life. We can offer a comprehensive planting plan as a stand-alone service should a full design not be required. A planting plan typically includes: 


  • Soil analysis and improvement
  • Green roofs and walls
  • Plant sourcing, supply and delivery
  • Planting and aftercare


Maintenance & Mentoring

Many of our clients choose to keep the Plantsmith on for regular care and ongoing gardening support:


  • Tree and lawn care
  • Garden coaching
  • Design and horticultural advice
  • Border rejuvenation
  • Garden Rescue
  • Pots and baskets


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