Design Steps

A beautiful garden that suits your lifestyle adds an extra dimension to your home. Investing in a professional garden design garden unique to you will mean both landscape and planting are in harmony.

Initial Visit

During the initial visit you can tell me your ideas, and we can discuss how to make the most of your budget. This is a free visit with no commitment from you and I will provide a fixed quote for developing a concept plan.

Consultation Meeting

We will talk in detail about what you want from your garden, how it fits in with your lifestyle and your preferred palette of shapes and colours. This often takes one or two hours, I also like to take photographs of the existing elements.

Garden Survey and Site Analysis

The detailed  garden survey provides the basis of measurements and levels for all following drawings. Results from the soil chemical test inform the nature and range of planting choices.

Example of Survey PDF

Concept Plan

The concept plan is a scaled and coloured plan of your design. My design experience brings shape, form, hard landscaping and outline-planting into a cohesive whole for you. The plan is initially presented in draft for discussion with you and is then finalised. We will discuss material choices and features to be included on the master plan.

Example Concept Plan PDF

Master Plan

Once all decisions are finalised the master plan turns the concept plan into your final layout with the chosen materials. This is the document that, together with the detail on the plans below, helps the contractor provide you with a construction quote.

Example Master Plan PDF

Detail Plans

To guide the contractor during construction the Setting Out Plan shows dimensions for your new layout. The Heights and Levels Plan shows terracing, slopes and steps. Elements such as water features, pergolas or gazebos may need individual Construction Drawings. Project Monitoring during the build is an additional service I can provide: I will make regular visits during construction and report to you on progress.

Planting Design

Detailed choice and selection of plants and planting for focal points, year round interest and screening bring the garden features and hard landscaping into harmony.

Example Planting PDF


Planting Plans

You may want a planting plan showing plant names, numbers and positions.

My rough pencil plans are used when positioning plants for planting, a copy can usually be made available but you may prefer a drawn up copy as illustrated.

Example Planting Plan PDF

Plant Care Guide

A bespoke plant care guide can be put together, tailored to the plants in your plan.

Example Plant Care Guide PDF


  • Pippa designed a garden that delights us every day.

    J and C

  • Pippa’s attention to detail is outstanding.  We have no hesitation in recommending her work.

    Claire and Stephan Chambers

  • As a result of Pippa’s work, we have a tranquil town garden that is a haven for both people and wildlife.


  • Thank you so much for all the care and attention you gave to provide my son’s perfect garden design. It was a brilliant gift.

    Katie and Malcolm

  • Thank you so much for a superb job designing and planting the Olympic Beds enabling them to blend around to the Wedding Borders.


  • Pippa is creative, responsive, and easy to work with.  We are very happy with the result.

    Mary and Ken

  • Pippa was a pleasure to work with, she is an experienced and  knowledgeable plantswoman, efficient and detailed, flexible, and fully understood our brief. We are truly delighted with the results. 

    Luisa and Chris

  • On plan, on time, within budget and precisely the garden that we wanted. It daily provides huge enjoyment.

    Stephen and Heather

  • You will not be disappointed in Pippa’s imaginative ideas and the quality of her overall plans.

    David and Diane

  • A creative collaboration of ideas resulting in a garden we love. It’s hard to believe how the space has been so totally transformed.

    P and P