What is garden design?


We’re often asked what garden design is, and what does having a garden designed actually involve, so I thought a blog on it might help answer some of these questions. Plus it will hopefully give an insight into one of the main services we offer, and help clarify what Plews could offer you in the way of garden design.

All too often the garden becomes an afterthought and the last priority in home improvement budgets rather than being considered as part of the whole ‘let’s improve and renovate our home’ process. Garden design is important in helping you get the best out of your garden, whatever its size.

However, many people are not fully aware of what garden design is, or should be. Getting it wrong can be costly; even ‘just a patio’ can cost thousands of pounds and it would be a shame to spend your money and not get good value and the garden you would like at the end.

If you’re having a total rethink of your whole home environment your garden designer should be part of the beginning conversations that you have with architects, builders, landscapers so that your house and garden flow seamlessly. Asking the garden designer to come in after you have added the extension and narrowed the access when you wanted the steep slope behind the house flattening out, is like asking someone to shut the door after the horse has bolted. Garden designers are clever people but not usually miracle workers.

It may be that your house is fine, but you’re thinking about refurbishing your garden. Once again, garden design is the first stage to consider. A good garden designer needs to consider you and your garden from an expert’s viewpoint to enable you to get the best out of our service (and therefore the best garden possible). It involves a lot of listening and asking of questions, and also includes other aspects that a designer needs to look at and consider, both practical and creative.

A design can be a total re-think of a whole garden, be that rear garden or front garden. It could also be a planting design for an existing border; or a partial garden design, for example, for a vegetable garden, new seating area or wildlife habitat within the existing garden.

We offer, as do most garden designers, an initial design visit. This is an opportunity for you to ‘dip your toe in the water’ and find out more about whether your hopes for your garden are achievable; and what other things may be possible, without committing yourself to a huge outlay.

A full garden design will look at the existing garden in all aspects; what your ideals are; whether these are achievable on your budget; how to manage the budget and project, for example, would a staged approach be more suitable; it deals with hard landscaping, for example, patio, decking, fences; soft landscaping turf, planting; the use of garden space, ie how you use it now, how you would like to use it, how this might change, for example, as the kids grow up or if you have a house extension; and sundries, for example, washing line, statuary, lighting.her your hopes for your garden are achievable; and what other things may be possible, without committing yourself to a huge outlay.
Plews Garden Design can offer you design only or a full design and build package. Look here for full list of options. And some more on the garden design process here. Or email us for more details and to start chatting.Your garden is in all probability the biggest “room” you own and deserves the same thought and design afforded to the kitchen, living room or bathrooms. A courtyard garden or a small roof terrace needs a good designer so the best use is made of restricted space.

“Outdoors and indoors are inseparable; they are complimentary and supplementary, two sides of the same door…” Garrett Eckbo


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