This is opportunity for me to meet you and your garden, you can talk and walk me through your ideas or concerns about your garden and what you would like to achieve. If you think you would like to commission a design, I will produce a written brief following this meeting. I am also happy to work on a consultation basis should you wish to have short bursts of ideas and guidance when planning your own garden. This is perfect if you want to break your project into smaller more manageable pieces.
When carrying out any design work the site survey is the most important part, as this forms the basis of your design. Usually a topographical survey of the site is carried out by surveyors, including the house, boundaries, existing features, levels, trees and any other measurement required for the design. I will then undertake a site analysis to compliment the survey which notes influential factors such as soil pH, aspect, views, that will effect the design.
Design and Development
This part of the process will be accompanied by a further meeting to discuss my initial design ideas with you. Sketches of layout plans or elevations to illustrate the ideas will aid our discussion of the design. This part of the process is where you will first see glimpses of your new garden but is an opportunity for you to make sure you are happy with the ideas and suggest modifications should you wish. It is very much a process of development.
This is the final layout plan which shows all the features within the garden. It will include details of hard landscaping with indications of key plants. Specific planting plans will need to be drawn up separately, as there is too much detail to combine the two. Construction drawing may then be required to specify details of hard landscaping and other garden features to ensure that your garden is interpreted correctly during the build phase.
Planting plans are only drawn up once the layout plan is complete. It shows the location, name and quantity of all plants required on site. A plant schedule is also produced which lists all plant with their quantities. I prefer to set out plants prior to planting myself as this is the time that schemes are born and correct spacing and positioning is important and allows for last minute ideas.
Although we do not carry out landscaping services, I can recommend contractors and guide you through the process of choosing the right contractors for your project. I can advise throughout the build to supervise the implementation of my design. This is a more flexible way of working and results in a smooth project and less disruption to your day to day life during the build.
I have a wide range of nurseries throughout Norfolk and the UK that I use, sourcing quality plants from bare root perennials to mature topiary. I can arrange a quote, order and delivery to suit you, however I would always recommend a spring or autumn planting to promote strong and healthy growth.
It can be daunting to be suddenly faced with a new garden bursting with plants or an area of new paving. I can produce a maintenance schedule for you or your gardeners to follow to help you keep ahead of annual tasks. Some clients like me to visit the garden at different times of the year to check that the design is developing as it should and it is a good opportunity to suggest some new plants or address any issues you may be having.
We work very closely with a specialist