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The journey to your perfect garden – 5 essential tips

Updated: Jan 23

Before you dive into a frenzy of furniture and plant buying – stop!

Approaching (re)designing your garden objectively and with a clear understanding of what you really need and want or like, will make a big difference to the success of your project...

Plants for sale: If you want your perfect garden, Make sure you have a clear plan before you start buying plants and furnishings
If you want your perfect garden, Make sure you have a clear plan before you start buying plants and furnishings

Here are my top five tips:


#1 - Define Your Garden Goals:

Consider whether you want a space for relaxation, entertainment, productive gardening, or a combination of these. Clearly knowing your priorities  will help you (or your designer) create the perfect plan.

#2 - Identify Must-Have Features:

Make a list of features or elements that are non-negotiable for you (and anything you really can’t stand to). Whether it's a specific plant, a water feature, or a certain style of paving.

"In his garden, every man may be his own artist, without apology or explanation". Louise Wilder

#3 - Gather Inspirations and Ideas:

Collect images, sketches, or ideas that inspire you. This could include specific plants, colour schemes, or garden layouts. Sharing these can help you and other household members check whether you have the same understanding of a style and whether you are really after similar things, or actually have quite different ideas. If you are using a designer, your inspiration board provides valuable insight and helps them align the design with your vision. 


Tip: Websites like Pinterest can be really useful in this process.

#4 - Establish Budget to Invest in your garden:

Determine how much you want to invest in your garden project, including fees, materials, and any additional costs. Knowing your financial boundaries will guide your choices. If you work with a designer, they will also be able to advise on suitable choices and alternatives, to get the most from your budget; as well as helping find the best landscapers at the best cost.


Tip: A great outdoor space is an important investment that, when done well, adds substantial value to your property, as well as personal enjoyment.  Consider – whether you’d be happy to implement in phases to achieve your overall vision.   

#5 - Think about how you'll look after you garden:

Be honest about the level of maintenance you're willing to commit to (by you or a gardener). Some designs may be more time-consuming to maintain than others.

Additionally - If you want to be hands-on in some areas, which are these? e.g., vegetable growing, cut flowers, or some therapeutic mowing with a glass of wine at the end of a hard day!

Tip: For clarity - try to think about how many hours/ days you (or your gardener) can spare per week or month. This avoids any misunderstanding.

Investing in your perfect garden

If you are looking for help with achieving your dream garden -  approaching a garden designer with a clear understanding of your goals, budget, priorities and design inspirations sets the stage for a more productive collaboration. This information helps the designer tailor their recommendations to create a garden that not only meets your practical needs but also resonates with your personal style.


For a free discovery call about your garden and landscape vision, or to book a consultation visit, get in touch:

"Life begins the day you start a garden" – Chinese proverb

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