First Consultation

Emily offers a free, no-obligation first consultation in which she will visit you to discuss your requirements and what services will best fit your needs. From this she will provide an estimate for the stages outlined below and a client questionnaire for you to complete.

Download the Client Questionnaire

Should you wish to proceed, the following stages describe the Garden Design Process.

Client Brief & Site Survey

Whether you need a partial or whole garden redesign, Emily will visit the site to develop a full brief with you and to conduct a full survey which includes photographing and measuring the existing features in your garden. Depending on the size and layout of your garden an external Surveyor may be required, this will be determined at the first consultation.

Concept Sketches

From the survey, Emily will provide a concept sketch showing a proposed layout plan of your new garden. These will be a mix of hand drawn and computer rendered drawings.

Example Concept Sketch

3D Visuals

3D impressions of your garden can be provided at the concept stage showing the new layout from different viewpoints so that you can really imagine yourself in the space.


Electronic or hard copy moodboards are created at the concept stage to focus in on the look and feel of your garden and specific elements within the garden such as water features, paths and plant colour, shape and texture.

Master Layout Plan

The Master Layout Plan is the final agreed plan that your landscaper will work from to build the garden. It is drawn to scale using measurements taken from the survey and details where the new elements in the garden will sit as well as the materials to be used.

Example Master Layout Plan

Planting plans

Planting plans are thoroughly researched plans of the plants specific to your garden taking into account soil type (tests are usually carried out at the survey stage) and aspect as well as the style of the garden and your personal tastes.

They are a visual map detailing the position of plants, plant species and quantity of plants required to fill the space and are used to accurately layout plants at the planting stage.

Emily can create planting plans as part of your garden redesign or on their own if you need to change an existing border or plant a new one.

Example Planting Plan

Garden Construction

Darren Watt Landscaping is a local family run business with over 15 years experience in soft and hard landscaping services. Emily knows the care and quality that Darren and his team put into building her designs and works with all parties to deliver your dream garden.

Sourcing plants

Emily can provide all plants required for your garden plans at competitive prices using a wide range of quality specialist suppliers.

Laying Out & Planting

A laying out service can be provided which includes taking delivery of the plants and placing them in the correct place ready for planting by your or your gardener. Emily can also provide a planting service for you.

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