Planting design is both an art and a science, and whilst it is a never ending subject, the knowledge and experience I have acquired over time help me to create schemes that have style and longevity. I am always conscious that maintenance levels are the key concern and that even keen horticulturalists want to know that gardening will be relaxing and not a chore. I like to begin with the Winter skeleton that gives the structure and background to the garden, knowing that Spring bulbs and flowering perennials will give colour and interest through the rest of the year. Aspect and soil conditions are the key considerations, but shape, size, colour, foliage, seasons of interest and growth patterns also play a part in finding the right balance and style.
The design stages include planting plans, schedules, maintenance programmes and irrigation layouts, together with mood boards that help to convey the style and colour. Following this, I will cost and supply the plants, setting them out for the landscaper to plant.
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