Garden Inspiration offers a valuable range of garden services. We will visit you, either to start completely afresh with a new design and planting scheme, or to work with you to adjust what is there. Whichever service your prefer, Garden Inspiration can meet your requirement.
A consultation will address your needs and answer queries you may have about your garden design or planting. This typically includes:
- Discussion of garden design ideas
- Suggestions on plants to include, relocate or remove, including any preferences you may have
- Specific advice on managing and maintaining your garden
Advice is geared to suit your current level of knowledge, expertise and interest and is both practical and creative in finding solutions.
A summary report can be provided on request.
Consultation rates: £50 per hour, plus travel expenses.
If you are looking to remodel your garden, the initial consultation provides the first step in the process. (See section 3, below).
2. Gardening Coaching
This service makes a great difference to the health, vigour and appearance of your garden during the course of a year. You will grow in knowledge and confidence even if you are already a keen gardener. These sessions allow you to take the lead in how your garden grows and evolves.
The coaching consists of visiting your garden as often as required, to advise on a range of garden matters according to the time of year, such as:
- Planting annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees and hedges; seed sowing
- Pruning and training techniques eg for roses, wisteria, fruit and more
- Essential garden tasks: how best to mulch, weed, water and make compost; dividing plants
- Identifying pests or diseases in your garden and advice on treatment.
Notes can be supplied, summarising actions for the month, and these are emailed to you promptly afterwards.
If you prefer to take a back seat, I can work with your existing garden help, complementing their routine maintenance with practical advice on how to help keep your garden in prime condition, whilst developing and improving the garden layout and planting combinations.
Packages are available, priced according to the frequency of visits. Please get in touch for more information. This is good for all gardeners, and great for the garden!
3. Garden Design
An effective design requires knowledge not just of hard landscaping, but the space and conditions required for plants. A full design service is offered, including; survey, soil testing, outline drawing; production of design plans. Collaboration with you is key so that your expectations are met. Clients receive a design plan at the end of the process as well as a report. The process is as follows:-
3.1 Garden Design Consultation
If a design plan is required, I will visit to consult you on your preferred style, budget, favourite plants and any known problem areas. An initial fee of £50 plus travel time is charged for this visit which is offset against further design work if you decide to go forward. After this visit I will then provide you with a cost estimate for future design work.
3.2 Garden Survey
A detailed survey will then be carried out. This survey will be to scale, and will show the main details of the site such as the position of buildings, levels and vegetation and will enable me to produce an accurate design. Photographs and soil samples will be taken at the same time.
3.3 The Garden Sketch Plan
From the survey, I will then produce a sketch plan for discussion to ensure the design is practical and is what you are seeking.
3.4 The Garden Outline Plan
This final plan will show all the main details of the design such as hard landscaping, structures, materials and planting areas to scale. The main trees, hedges and specimen plants will also be named on the plan. Both black and white and a colour design will be produced.
4. Planting Specification and Plans
After the design has been approved, I will provide an estimate for a planting specification. This specification is the key to the success of the overall design scheme. We will discuss together the plants you most would like and any you particularly don’t. Clients often use ‘Pinterest’ to share their favoured plants. I like to include plants that perform well and bloom longer than most, so there is always something to attract wildlife, and for you to enjoy.
If a garden design isn’t required you may find a planting design meets your needs. After an initial viewing of your site, a scale drawing for the project is prepared, and key features and plants to be used are mapped onto the drawing.
Whatever the area you’d like planted, whether it be the front of your house, a bog garden, a rockery a large or small bed or border, I will use my knowledge and creativity to provide the best outcome.