What is Garden Design?
Good gardens don’t just happen – a great deal of time, skill and knowledge goes into creating the best outdoor spaces.
Designing your own garden can be quite challenging as gardens involve a significant investment in time, money and emotion; however a well-designed garden will repay your investment by providing countless hours of enjoyment, while also significantly increasing the appeal of your property.
Getting started can be daunting, however the good news is you probably know more than you think. Our job is to draw out your knowledge and desires for your garden and demystify the process, assisting you to make the right choices for your space. We believe it’s important to match the design to the family or individual, and to give you the opportunity to influence how that outdoor space takes shape over time.
Some of the basic questions we can help with are:
- What plants to choose and where should they go?
- What materials are best suited to the style of garden you are after?
- How much, if any, work can you do yourself?
- How much help do you need designing a garden or do you get a professional in?
- What is it all likely to cost?
Still wanting to get your hands dirty?
To assist you we offer a basic design consultation which will provide clear guidance for you to help you decide where to go next.
A consultation is designed to assist either the do-it-yourself gardener as well as people requiring a little more help. The information you receive during a consultation will allow you to get started on your own garden design and hold informed discussions with any landscapers or other trades people employed in the construction of your outdoor space.
The consultation begins with a pre-visit questionnaire we send you to ensure that when we arrive at your house we have a good understanding of what your space is like now, and what you might like it to be.
The design consultation covers all the basic things you need to begin. It includes:
- Up to a two hour onsite visit by a qualified landscape architect.
- Ideas discussion to help you refine your approach.
- Basic site analysis, to identify features, opportunities and constraints of your garden space that will assist you in laying out your garden.
- Expert design ideas for your garden.
- A post-analysis discussion to help you refine your approach to design.
Getting some expert advice early on in your design process can save a great deal of time, money and heartache over the long term. Choosing appropriate quantities and types of plants and materials can be tough and costly to get wrong. Matching the maintenance needs of your new garden to your tastes and available time can ensure a manageable space that doesn’t compromise on beauty or function.
If you decide on a garden consultation there is no obligation to take up our design service, hopefully you will have all the information you need. If you do decide you would like us to design your garden we are happy to reduce the design by the cost of the consultation.
Let us handle your design.
At the Garden Consultants we are designers at heart and are trained landscape architects. We are more than happy to move onto the next phase of garden creation and assist you with a garden design.
We offer a range of garden design services for our clients, from basic sketch plans indicating the general placement of hard and soft landscaping to a more formal and comprehensive garden design process which includes choosing materials and plants, setting out ongoing maintenance schedules and detailed layout and scaled drawings.
Most of our clients are happy with concept designs and basic plans but if you need formal plans like this Master Plan for council, developer or your own landscaper we can help.
Once again our design process is driven by your requirements and is tailored to your needs and can be run over a prescribed time frame, enabling you to create the space you want within your own budget and schedule. During this process we welcome as much input from our clients as they would like to have. The charges for this service are negotiable and based on an hourly fee.
Want some help getting your garden off the page?
We are happy to have a chat about constructing your garden for you. We specialise in bespoke garden elements and garden art but can help with just about anything!
Please contact us for more information.