5/ Planting Design
The Planting Design is part of the Garden Design process and can be supplied as a separate service. Many of my commissions to date have specialised in planting designs: from creating all the planting for a blank garden canvas to renovating existing borders.
The planting drawings are used to
- Source and order the plants (correct name, type, quantity and size) – Plant Schedule
- Put the plants in the right place – Detailed Planting plan
Value and Benefits
Planting is an important feature of the spatial design of the site. It can
- create spaces depending on the planting height
- define the mood by planting style
- offer screening
- provide privacy
- help the garden harmonise with its surroundings
The planting design considers your personal style (cottage, contemporary, etc). Plant form, texture and colour are weighed up to give you appealing combinations.
Having an in-depth knowledge of plant requirements, I carefully design the structural and ornamental planting with the ‘right plant, right place’ philosophy. This ensures the plants are given the best start, grow well and can be maintained efficiently.
For a full Garden Design package, ideally the Planting Design is considered as early as the Concept Stage.
Examples are given below when clients have benefitted from a separate Planting Design service.
- After the garden has been re-landscaped/built (no existing planting)
- Creating dry stone raised beds along a drive and provide planting scheme
- Renovating existing borders and new planting schemes introduced
For a Planting Design only commission, I usually find it is beneficial to select key steps of the Garden Design Process…
- Develop Brief (inc. Consultation)
- Planting Concept Plan
- Detailed Planting Plan & Schedule
Sometimes it is necessary to carry out some ‘backtracking’ of the re-landscaped garden to achieve the best results. Options can be discussed during the process.