Planting Plans & Border Design
We undertake Planting Plans for gardens which we have designed from scratch, as well as for established gardens for which the owners need help with planting schemes for problem areas.
Our planting plans name the plants to be used and the number of plants required to create the required effect. Correct selection of plants is vital, not only in relation to how the garden looks through out the year, but also in terms of the survival of the plants, and their subsequent maintenance, which can become difficult if the wrong plants are chosen.
We spend a lot of time on our planting plans and border plans. We survey the site, the aspect and the soil. Then the height, spread and longevity of plants; their rates of growth, habit and maintenance needs; as well as their performance over all seasons.
Apart from these aspects, artistry is required to create effective plant associations, which use their colour, form, texture and scent to create beautiful planting schemes.
There are many planting styles to choose from and it takes artistic skill, horticultural expertise, and an in-depth knowledge of plants to conjure up a cottage garden, a traditional herbaceous border, a wildflower meadow, a contemporary garden, or an immaculate border such as those exhibited at Chelsea or Hampton Court flower shows.
If requested, we can produce a Maintenance Schedule, which lists the plants and explains exactly how and when to look after them, as well as general notes about overall border maintenance. For example, it will tell you when and how to prune a wisteria, or train a rose for maximum flowering, or when to cut back, feed and mulch borders to get the best effect.
This path (left) is just part of a large family garden, which we have designed in Exeter. As it is in constant use and it is the view out of the family dining room, it is a very important vista. Careful selection of shrubs, herbaceous perennials and bulbs allows for seasonal variations and ensures that it looks attractive all year round.
A section from a planting plan. Every plant is shown at its average mature size
Our commitment to the gardens we design doesn't stop when the last plant has be planted and the 'after' photographs have been taken. We have been working with some of our clients for many years. They call on us for further advice, especially about planting, often many times a year. After all, like all living things, a garden evolves and changes over time - as does a client's needs and tastes. It is always a pleasure to see our work grow and develop and be involved in solving any problems which might arise.