Frequently asked questions
Why do I need a garden designer and a design?
designer looks at both these aspects.
often, a cheaper one than if a ‘landscaper’ attempts to come up with the ideas
and habits and any particular quirks they may have.
I want just the design because I want to carry out the work myself. Do you do that?
I have never employed a designer before. What happens?
I have many clients who had never used a designer before but I always try to reassure them and make the whole process enjoyable. It begins with apprehension but once they see the plan before them and they see the possibilities, it turns to joy. I always look forward to that point when they say how exciting it is to see their new garden developing.
See my WHAT I DO page for how the process works.
I have a garden that is in such a state and a complete mess. Would you be able to do anything with it?
I challenge you to show me anything that I have not seen before! The solution normally
comes down to your budget, especially where any building work has to be demolished or big old trees or shrubs have to be removed before anything new can be built.
Do you have a particular style of design?
I pride myself on being able to interpret my client’s wishes and preferred taste and design accordingly. I would not enjoy my work if I were designing the same style of garden over and over.
I have such a small garden. Is it worth you coming out to see it?
It normally is. The smaller the garden, the less space to fit everything in so there are several rules of design to bring into play so as not to overwhelm the space
I have a border that I can’t seem to grow anything in. Do you come up with ideas just for single borders?
Yes. I was encouraged to start designing because of my interest in plants. I still count the
planting as the single most important factor in a successful garden.
My garden is now too full and the shrubs overgrown. Would you come out to show me how to prune them?
Gladly, I enjoy encouraging people to prune rather than hacking as it is the key to strong and
healthy growth. Many people dig out perfectly good but overgrown shrubs when effort and
expense can be saved by regenerative pruning.
I am trying to sell my house but I think the garden is one of things that is putting people off. Is there anything that can be done?
Nothing is guaranteed but there are certain aspects that can be addressed to attract potential buyer’s attention. People talk about creating the ‘Wow’ factor but that normally costs more than is viable when selling up. It is more a case of tweaking and tidying and looking for any negative points to eliminate. I can certainly view your garden with fresh eyes and give it more potential.