Geum Mrs J Bradshaw

Garden Design Process

Garden consultation

This gives us the opportunity to meet and walk through your garden together to discuss initial design ideas and areas for development. Good garden design combines the practical use of your garden with engaging and beautiful design elements using both hard landscaping materials, structures and the right planting for each area of your garden.


Garden survey

For small gardens Judi will carry out the survey, which will include taking photographs and writing notes about the garden’s aspects with measurements of the plot, including any level changes (topography). I include existing features, such as out buildings, house and garden boundaries, door and window dimensions, trees and any planting to remain. A soil sample will also be tested for soil quality and pH if it remains in the garden. For larger, more complex installations, new top soil will be brought in. For larger, more complex sites, a RICS land surveyor will be required to carry a full site survey.


Planting design

Planting design begins with an initial review of your existing plants stock and a discussion about plants that are to remain in the scheme and those which are to be removed. A plants moodboard is created for each area of the garden, taking into account the various aspects and growing conditions. Once the selection of plants have been approved by client planting plans are drawn-up and an outline plants estimate is provided. I visit plant nurseries to ensure the best plants stock goes into the making of your beautiful garden. Working from the planting plans I attend your garden to set-out the new plants stock into their new homes. Depending on size of project, a planting team will plant-up to plan for larger projects. A monthly care calender advises on all your plants in the new planting scheme and is a wonderful resource to have.


Design illustrations

Design illustrations help clients to visualise a new design. I also set up a private Pinterest board to use throughout the project, adding ideas for the key elements in the design; such as landscaping materials, garden structures, lighting, garden furniture and design ideas suitable for your garden.


Outline plan

An outline plan is created from the garden survey and gives a clear overview of the new design and position of the key design elements, including the initial planting ideas in each area, identifying any existing garden features to remain, such as, out buildings, plants and trees.


Setting out plan

Following your approval of the new design, a detailed setting out plan will be produced for your landscaper or builder to work from. All materials will be specified on this plan and additional construction diagrams may also be supplied for the constructed elements within the design, such as; garden steps, decking, retaining walls, garden arches etc.


Design walkthroughs

If you are wanting to visualise your garden design before installation ~ a walkthrough is a great way to help you see how your new garden will look. The 3D drawings include your home, boundaries, plants, trees, garden structures and can even include your cars.. a walkthrough will illustrate multiple perspectives in your garden.


Construction diagrams

Construction diagrams are drawn for all constructed elements within the design and a detailed specification list of all materials going into the garden will be supplied. It is advisable that a planning meeting take place between myself and your landscaper / builder to discuss the design installation on the ground. Amendments may be made after this meeting and once signed off, it is then laminated onto A3 and worked from.


Planting plans

Planting plans can be created for individual borders and whole gardens and are prepared during the early design stages. Where there is more than one planting opportunity for planting design, a planting plan is prepared for each location. Planting plans include plants lists with details of each plant’s dimensions at maturity and growing conditions required to ensure healthy, long living plants.

Planting design gives you the opportunity to express your personality in your outdoor space, colour palettes can reflect your style inside your home or by playing with new colour, form and texture. Planting design really is limitless! Of course, the only practical limitations may be space, soil type and aspects within the garden, however, I will always advise on the best plants to grow in your garden’s available conditions.


Care calendar

A care calendar is a very useful tool to clients who may wish for a bit more information and guidance on looking after the plants in the garden. The care calendar is delivered monthly straight into your email with instruction, advice and care tips for every plant in your garden. A login will be provided.


Project monitoring

Once the design plan has been signed-off and the landscaping contractor has agreed a project start date, you may wish for me to attend at agreed intervals to ensure the design is being interpreted correctly on the ground. Also to be at hand to answer any questions that will inevitably arise during an installation. This service may be particularly useful to clients who are working and not able to be home during the project installation.


Planting-up to plan

I work with a project assistant and on occasion with clients who want to experience ‘hands-on’ the planting-up. This is a great way to get to know the plants going into your garden and creates a relationship right from the beginning.


Other services

Other services include sourcing and purchasing the plants stock and ensuring plants are of the highest quality before placing into position for planting. The planting plans are created to an A3 size and laminated to be water and soil resistant. They also make a nice ‘keep-sake’ once the garden is finished and as the garden grows and develops it’s a record of how it all began..


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