With any project, planning is one of the most important elements to create success and can help you save time and money. Your garden is no different. Although it can be tempting to raid the garden centre for plants that catch your eye, you may end up with too much of one thing and not enough of another. Alternatively rushing out into your garden to dig up the lawn because you fancy a water feature, could end up costing you a lot of money and result in a lack of cohesion in your garden.

By working with a professional garden designer who understands what you want out of your garden as well as having the experience to know what works and what doesn’t, any stresses of redesigning your garden are quickly eliminated. An experienced designer has detailed knowledge of plants and horticulture, understands the landscape and natural environment and recognises the structural implications of the hard landscaping aspects of design; in short: it’s not just a pretty picture! By taking advice from a professional, all eventualities are considered, meaning there are no nasty surprises for you.

Many people associate planning and design with rigidity and rules; however, this is not the case – even wild flower meadows start with a design, ensuring that different species will thrive in the specific soil type, won’t outcompete each other and will stay confined to their particular area of the garden. A design may start from a blank canvas or may be focused on working around a favourite tree or shrub.  Big or small, planning can make all the difference.

As with any home improvement project, it is important to establish a budget early on so that your designer clearly understands your financial goals as well as your idea of a dream garden. The best designs are a combination of individual requirements and practicality – be it a garden to entertain guests, for children to play safely or one to encourage wildlife.

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Best of all, garden design can be an exciting and enjoyable process, as the vision of your dream garden is transformed into a detailed design by an experienced and creative professional.

f you think it’s time for a change in your garden, then please contact Jo or George on 01491 280447 or email info@greenart.co.uk