Garden design involves two things: problem-solving and creating a sense of place. Both these elements are vital for a garden which works.
The problem-solving is about making a space which works practically for you; it might include dealing with tricky levels or poor drainage, screening unpleasant views or working out how to accommodate the needs of different users of your garden.
Creating a sense of place is crucial for giving you a garden with presence and character which fit your taste and the surroundings. It’s achieved with plants which thrive, hard landscaping and structures which complement them, and careful balancing of colour, texture, form and scale, to make a garden which flows.
A standard garden design process includes the following stages:
- Preliminary visit
- Contract and briefing meeting
- Site analysis and survey
- Design proposal
- Design documentation
- And afterwards