Garden Design

“Designing a beautiful garden is like painting a picture: the bare bones of the hard landscaping within my compositions are functional and strong; blending materials sympathetically with architecture is key. The plants create the colourful brush-strokes that frame the picture. “

Susan’s passion for her work is as great for a small garden as it is for a large estate and her approach is stylish, innovative and practical. Susan will listen carefully to your ideas and requirements at every stage of the garden design process.  Such attention to detail is the secret to creating a beautiful garden that you will take pleasure in for years to come.

Bailey Ridge Nr Leigh, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 6HU  -  Tel:01963 210999


Our 5-Step Plan for Perfect Garden Design

Nothing is left to chance in the creation of your garden. Our simple yet thorough 5-step plan will ensure we understand your requirements and create a garden you will be delighted with.

1. Initial Consultation

Susan’s first visit to your garden is all about discovering your garden needs: your likes and dislikes, the styles you enjoy and your lifestyle. Every garden is as unique as its owner so you might prefer a Mediterranean feel, country, formal, contemporary or cottage garden style, to name but a few. We will also find out how much time and inclination you have to maintain your garden.


At this stage we will give you some idea of the cost to design your garden, which is normally based on an hourly rate. It also helps to know what your budget is for creating your garden, so we can produce a design you can afford to build.

2. Survey

When you ask us to create a design we will need to measure the garden and in some instances, where changes in levels are dramatic or where the site is large, it may be necessary to call in an independent surveyor. If this is the case we would advise you of this additional cost at the consultation stage

3. Create Initial Drawings  

The next task is to create an outline drawing which, when constructed, forms the structural backbone of the garden. This drawing would be to scale and show pathways, walls, ponds, patios, decking, seating and planting areas. Your needs and our ideas will be incorporated in the drawing. At this stage that you can consider materials and revise or change the design.


All through the planning stage Susan will consider shapes and the density of eventual planting. When she composes the planting plan she will use plants that are going to suit the style of the garden, the aspect and the soil type. Your own likes and dislikes are very important, so Susan will talk to you about your planting ideas, colour preferences etc.


4. Planting Ideas

All through the planning stage Susan will consider shapes and the density of eventual planting. When she composes the planting plan she will use plants that are going to suit the style of the garden, the aspect and the soil type. Your own likes and dislikes are very important, so Susan will talk to you about your planting ideas, colour preferences etc.


5. The Final Outline Plan

Once the hard landscaping ideas have been put together and the planting concepts have been decided, the drawing can be finished and the specifications prepared in readiness for costing and construction.