Preparation is key when it comes to any design and build project, especially one as extensive as creating a new garden.
At Floral & Hardy, we conduct a thorough site inspection and get to know you and your hopes for your garden during the consultation process, so that we are able to put together an effective and comprehensive garden plan. In this plan, we detail things like the purpose, concept, desired style and elements, and any other miscellaneous notes that will help us put together something truly outstanding. Our design briefs are detailed and thorough, taking into consideration a number of different factors. It is the simplest way of deciding how to best use the space in your garden, and how to fit in all the different features that you want; whether it’s a large estate with acres of space, or a small courtyard garden, garden planning will ensure there’s a clear overall vision, and that you make the most of your outdoor space.
At Floral & Hardy, we have many years of experience in garden design that encompasses small garden design, urban garden planning and designing all sorts of other gardens. We work closely with your to bring your ideas to life and to offer inspiration, so you can get the garden you’ve always imagined.
When it comes to determining how to design a garden layout, the initial consultation stage of garden planning is important to ensure successful completion of your project.
A Floral & Hardy garden planner will look at the existing garden and make recommendations about changes that could be made to maximise the usable space available. Our team will always listen to your ideas about your garden, and can advise on what will work on a practical level.
Therefore, the consultation is important to help us deliver the best possible final product.
During the consultation, we’ll ask a number of questions about your intended usage and desires for the garden, and from that, we’ll formulate a brief. At this stage we’ll also take a number of photographs of the garden along with measurements that will help us draw up your plans. Once you are happy with the brief, which outlines the intentions, we’ll get to work spending in-depth time in your garden to assess the feasibility of the plans we’ve made.
As we move into the garden planning stage, a site survey will be carried out to determine how best to make the desired outcome a reality in the space provided.
At this stage we’ll also look at things like whether any planning permission is required as part of the work, along with any external contractors. We’ll look at crucial planning elements such as:
- The desired use of the garden (e.g. entertaining, practical space, children’s play, vegetables, meditation, etc.)
- Your likes and dislikes
- The planning restrictions (if any)
- Restrictions caused by the direction of the garden and sun exposure
- Issues arising due to soil profile
We’ll take into consideration all of the above and put forth suggestions to work with anything that has been made apparent during the site survey in order to create garden plans for the front of house or back, ensuring it is as in line with the brief and your desires as is possible.
At this stage we’ll also discuss planting plans, coming up with garden design inspiration to make the most of the floral impact in any shaped yarden, including:
With plans in place and your needs firmly outlined, we can then begin drafting up drawings.
Drawing up planting plans and landscaping designs
Drawing up your plans is an exciting phase that will really help you envision the ideas we have talked about.
With our garden design plans and pictures, you can start to see how things will look once finished. All of our drawings are done by hand rather than by CAD software, creating not only a personal touch but also ease of editing and changing as required. These scaled sketches will contain vital information about planting zones, measurements, installation of structural elements and more. Beyond our initial sketches, we will then put together some more drawings that focus on different sections of the garden in greater detail. These will look at more the technical aspects of the installation rather than the overall look and feel of the space.
Having plans drawn up is also useful if you’re going to need planning permission – for example, if you live in a listed building or will be having large outbuildings installed, then some councils will want plans before they grant permission. These plans will help you to visualise the layout of your new garden, and if you’re not happy with anything you can make changes before the work begins. Once you have approved the plans, we will present them to our landscape gardeners, and work can begin on contacting nurseries for plants and vendors for other parts of the garden to arrange availability prior to work commencing.
Whether you are looking for large or small garden design plans, Floral & Hardy is here to help.
If you are looking to renovate or refresh your garden, and are unsure how to best use the space, one of our experts can assist with coming up with garden design plans and ideas. We can help with planning a garden, and have the expertise and vision to create a garden that suits your lifestyle. Whether you want to maximise space, create a play area, or break up a dull, square garden, our experts can help you realise your vision. Whether you are looking for landscape gardening, garden renovation, landscape design or general gardening assistance we can help. Floral & Hardy are specialists throughout the whole garden design and landscaping sector.
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