Garden Design Projects: Challenges of Shape & Layout
Small, shaded, sloping, low maintenance, easy to access, child friendly

Designing for your garden’s shape and conditions

Every garden is unique, with its own set of conditions and challenges. Whatever the topography of your garden; small, shaded, sloping and whatever your needs; low maintenance, easy to access, child friendly, we’ll create a beautiful garden that works.




The Garden Design Process

We offer a full garden planning service and can advise on all aspects of planting and landscape design, helping you to create a garden which is beautiful and suited to your individual needs and budget. This process usually follows the following steps.

Initial Consultation & Brief

Every garden design project starts with the ‘Initial Consultation’. Following a telephone conversation, I like to meet any potential clients to have a first view of the garden and to hear about your thoughts and ideas for the space, your brief.

During this first visit I can make an initial assessment of the key features of your garden and we can discuss your ideas, your budget and the next steps of the process.

The initial consultation usually lasts about an hour. I will follow up my visit by email with an outline of my understanding of the brief, what we discussed and my fee proposal for redesigning your garden.

Some of the key elements discussed during our first meeting are:

  • Who and how will the garden be used?
  • The desired style or scheme for the garden
  • Planting ideas and colour palettes
  • Lighting & other features
  • Practicalities – upkeep, storage, physical or topographical considerations

The initial consultation is also an opportunity for you to ask questions and become more familiar with the design process.

The Garden Survey

The next step of the design process is the site survey. An accurate survey of the existing garden is essential before any design work can take place.

During the survey I take full measurements and ground levels, collect soil samples for analysis and look at the aspect and light levels of your garden. I will assess the garden’s best features and views and discuss your favourite areas. I will take photos and assess the atmosphere, the setting and surroundings.

Features that are assessed in the garden survey include:

  • Buildings, both your house and any garden buildings which may impact on the garden design.
  • Trees both on your land and those that may be in neighbouring gardens.
  • Plants that you would like to keep or reuse.
  • Overhead or underground services e.g. sewers, drain access and electrical feeds.
  • Water existing features
  • Potential risks such as falls from steps or raised terraces.

A key element of the garden survey is the topography of the outdoor space – that is, the lie of the land. This is important as it affects drainage, siting and design of new features and planting and the amount of effort needed for both hard and soft landscaping.

I take many measurements and photos to help during the design and planning process.

The Garden Layout Design

We work with you to design a bespoke layout plan for your garden, taking into account your lifestyle, tastes, budget and the local environment.

At this stage of the design process the details of the hard landscaping are chosen.

This might include paving and decking, any walls or fences, pergolas and water features. We work with you to agree details of the materials to be used and supply sample finishes. A layout plan is drawn up which details all dimensions and materials used. This will be used by the landscaper to build the garden. Where necessary we will also supply specifications and construction drawings for particular elements.

If any of the works require planning permission, we are happy to liaise with local planning authorities to obtain consents and have particular experience of working in conservation areas.

Construction & Landscaping

Once the drawings for the garden build have been completed, we are happy to introduce you to reputable landscapers who can build your new garden according to our detailed design. If you wish, we will visit during the build and monitor the construction to ensure that the garden is built according to the plans.

Planting Plans, Plant Selection and Planting

Each planting design is bespoke and is developed to reflect your tastes and also the plants which are best suited to your particular garden. When embarking on the planting plan, we meet with you to look at plants which we feel would work well in your garden. Once we have decided on a palette of plants, we will draw up the planting plan which will show the location and spacing of all the plants, both new and existing.

We source the plants from our network of local growers and nurseries, who can be relied upon to supply good quality specimens. We set out and install the planting for you and are happy to offer advice on the correct maintenance, to ensure that your garden offers many years of enjoyment.

After the garden has been planted we can also prepare easy to understand Maintenance Guides to help you care for and maintain your new garden.

 

We can also provide…

 

Hampstead Garden Design: Services we don’t offer

Here at Hampstead Garden Design, we believe in specialising in the thing we do best. Namely working with you to completely redesign your garden, from the initial site survey through to planting the last bulb. For that reason there are some jobs which we donʼt take on.

However we do know lots of lovely people who do and are happy to put you in contact if this is what you need.


 

A beautiful garden whatever the space

You can enjoy gorgeous plants and greenery whatever space you have available. Whether it’s a shaded courtyard, a sunny terrace or a penthouse roof garden, we’ll design a space that is perfect for you to relax and enjoy.

To find out more about how we can help you create a stylish, lasting garden, suited to your budget, please contact Sarah Oxby, Hampstead Garden Design to arrange an initial consultation.

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