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Why? 

Gardens are good for the soul.

They can be sanctuaries away from the stresses of modern life..

..or the place where you want to entertain and have fun.

 Whether you want to just sit and relax, or potter around tending to plants, gardens can make you feel good. Not only this, a well designed garden is a good investment, adding value to your property and making it more inviting to prospective buyers.

The most difficult part of designing your own garden is often finding the ideas. You may know the sort of things that you want, maybe a reflecting pool, a new terrace, somewhere to sit in the shade, or some structural planting, but how do you put it all together to make a strong design where everything works in harmony and the garden looks good at any time of year?

Through my training and expertise, I can help you to see the potential in your outdoor space, offer you some great ideas and guide you through the wide variety of choices to create a garden which not only looks terrific at the start, but also has the longevity that you need from it.

Many of my past clients have commented on how much they enjoy their new gardens now that the task of maintaining the garden does not seem so massive. A garden, over time, can feel like a burden, especially if it has grown out of control. The chances are you no longer find pleasure in putting in new plants or relaxing in the garden. A new garden can relieve this burden and with the additional advice I can offer on garden and plant maintenance I can help you to feel more in control of your outdoor space.

 

"We love our garden now" Mr and Mrs Crooke


Benefits of using a qualified Garden Designer

 
  A designer will explore your aspirations in terms of how you want to use the garden, the sense that it gives, the style or materials that you like, and the specific features that you would like to include. They will then build this into a design plan.  
  A garden plan allows you to think about what the final garden will look like. You can measure it out on the ground and see how it feels to move around the space. The plan can be reviewed and amended before a digger gets to work, potentially saving money on costly errors or amendments.  
  Getting the right scale and proportion of the elements within the garden is vital for the resulting space to be pleasing to the eye. Elements should be in proportion to the house, to each other and to the garden user. A good designer has the skills to achieve this, thinking not only about the aesthetics but also about the practicality e.g. the width of paths, the size of a terrace, and access points.  
  Architectural elements e.g. walls, hedges, paths and terraces, shape the experience of the garden user i.e. how you feel when you move around the garden, drawing you into different areas of the garden, or encouraging you to sit in a certain place. A designer can organise these elements to achieve a certain feel in the garden  
  A good design can delineate different areas to create ‘rooms’ which can make the garden feel larger and more interesting.  
  It is important that the right plants are used i.e. those that are suitable for the garden conditions in terms of pH, soil texture, light levels etc. It is more cost effective to have a professional planting plan by a designer who has horticultural skills and experience based on the right plants that are going to thrive in your garden. A designer can also often get plants at a cheaper rate than you would buy them at a garden centre.  
  A garden exists in 4 dimensions. A good designer will think about how the garden will change over time and how it will be maintained, particularly in terms of the growth rates of plants and the level of maintenance required to keep the garden looking good. They can often offer advice after the garden construction on plant care and maintenance if required.