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Every garden has a style or personality to it. Unless you have a very large garden that is divided into distinct areas or "rooms," it can be difficult to gracefully accommodate lots of different garden styles in one garden. Begin by thinking about whether you want your garden to have a formal or informal look. Consider your site, the style of your home, and your own personality. Though you don't have to be too rigorous about striving for a consistent style, you'll want to avoid a jumble of diverse and unrelated elements.


A garden is more pleasing if there is a logical progression from one area to the next. Think about how you would like someone to view and move through your garden. Paths are one way to connect some of the various parts to achieve a sense of order and cohesiveness. Focal points, such as a piece of sculpture, a distinctive tree, or a captivating view, can be used to draw the eye and pull us forward into a new space.


Scale is about proportions - how the sizes and shapes of things relate to each other. A 3 x 6 foot island bed floating in a half acre sea of lawn will be seriously out of scale. The same will be true of a dwarf apple tree located in front of a large detached house. Most scale problems are due to skimpiness, such as beds and paths that are too narrow, or plantings that are too small and tentative. If in doubt, err on the side of boldness and generosity.


By repeating plants and materials, you can produce a sense of rhythm, order, and predictability. Too much repetition is monotonous, but, as in music, variations on a theme are pleasing. You may want to repeat certain distinctive plant materials, such as the spear like foliage of an ornamental grass or the velvety grey of lavender or santolina. Repeating splashes of colour will also establish a rhythm in the garden and help to guide the eye. But don't be a slave to repetition. The best gardens always leave room for the unexpected a giant pot of agapanthus, a whimsical birdhouse in a tangle of morning glories, or a blood red rose tumbling over a stone wall.

Symmetry and Balance

Humans seem to be naturally attracted to symmetry toward creating perfectly balanced features. Our bodies are symmetrical, as are the cars we drive, the arrangement of windows in our homes, and often the shrubs that flank the front door. Used judiciously, perfect symmetry can be a powerfully appealing design technique. But when overused it can become stiff and boring. The natural landscape, which we also find visually pleasing, is not governed by symmetry. In nature, something more subtle is at work, something artists and designers refer to as balance. Balance is an essential factor in garden design. It refers to visual weight: a birch clump balanced by a large bed of hosta; a brick pathway balanced by a wide swath of lawn; orange oriental poppies balanced by deep blue lupines. In these examples, the two elements are not identical in size, shape, or colour, but there is a response from each side that balances the other. Successful garden design incorporates both symmetry and balance.

Walls, Roofs and Paths

One thing great gardens share is a sense of place. Entering them is like entering a home you are wrapped in a particular environment that is very different from the world outside. As in a home, the walls, roof, and floor help give a garden its unique character. When designing a garden, you can use these aspects to create "rooms" in which plants are arranged in a context rather than floating in space.


Flower borders almost always have a background behind them this is usually a tall stone or brick wall or an evergreen hedge. The backdrop serves to stop your eye from roving and allows you to focus on the intended view. Whenever possible, anchor your garden by placing something behind it: a structure, a fence, or a planting of shrubs. Remember to keep it simple. The objective is to direct the eye to the foreground, not create a competing element.


Though there are plenty of very successful gardens that are totally exposed to the sky, most of us are naturally attracted to more sheltered, intimate spaces: a garden that's been carved out of woodland or is nestled beneath an ancient apple tree. We are, for the same reason, drawn to pergolas, arbours and shade sails. The roof need not cover your entire garden. Including the experience of enclosure somewhere in your garden it can be as simple as an arbour at the entrance will help to create that sense of being in a special environment set apart from the rest of the world.


Paths lead us through a garden and link one area to another. Paths in themselves are an age old comfort, showing us the way we are to travel, assuring us of a progression that is safe and intentional. The paving material and the way the paths are laid out can help define the style of the garden. A meandering pathway made of flat stones spaced several inches apart will have an intimate, informal feel; a wide brick path suggests neatness and order; a broad path of closely mown lawn conveys grandeur and expansiveness. Paths also create edges that suggest where new plants or even entire gardens could be located.

Q. I want to change my garden but I don't know what to do with it

A. We will discuss with you what you are looking to achieve from your garden and then create a design incorporating proven design principles to ensure that your new garden is a workable enjoyable outdoor living space for you and your family.

Q. What are the benefits of having a design?

A. Having focused consultations and design drawings ensures from the beginning that the end result will be a garden that is a beautiful outdoor space that works for you in both style and function and will be a garden that you are proud of.

Q. Is garden design for me?

A. Garden design is no longer the reserve of the large gardens of stately homes, every garden can benefit from a design, in fact the smaller the garden the greater the need for a design as every square meter needs to be used to its full potential.

Q. Will costs spiral out of control?

A. We work to your budgetary requirements from the outset. If required the construction can be carried out in stages as and when your budget allows and, as it has been designed, the end result will be a beautiful garden rather than a jumble of diverse and unrelated elements.

Q. Do I have to get the whole garden designed if I only want to change part of it?

A. We design full gardens, partial gardens, individual borders or a patio, alternatively we offer a consultation service where we can discuss your requirements and provide suggestions. Whatever your requirements our service can be tailored to meet your needs.

Q. What is the design process?

A. Our standard services include a consultation service to provide you with inspiration and direction, a basic design service for the budding DIY gardener, a standard garden design service for the garden enthusiast requiring more detailed drawings and our most popular service a fully project managed design and construction service. However our services can be tailored to meet your individual requirements.

Q. Who carries out the work?

A. We only use our personally approved professional contractors offering high standards of workmanship who we work with on a regular basis. ALL CONTRACTORS ARE FULLY INSURED AND GUARANTEE THEIR WORK .Please see the testimonials on the testimonial page.

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