Design commissions – typically a 3 month waiting list. Consultations allow 4 weeks.  Please get in touch if you would like to plan ahead.

Sketch Planting Design

Looking for help with planting borders in your garden?

This service is perfect for anyone looking to rejuvenate the planting in their garden.   If you are wanting a boost of colour, seasonal interest, and year round structure, then our creative sketch planting service can help.  There are of course benefits to encouraging wildlife and enhancing biodiversity too.

Our sketch planting design service is achieved through various essential steps from consultations right through to setting the plants out on the ground in your garden, ready for planting.  

We also take care of the sourcing and the supply of plants from reputable nurseries to retain the design integrity and vision throughout the process. 

We have delivered this service for a number of years and our process is well developed. We can tailor t he service for a couple of borders to a full garden planting makeover.  Take a look at our planting designs in our portfolio.

Discovery Call

First, we arrange a brief phone call to listen to your challenges and why your existing planting is currently not working for you. We discuss how the sketch planting design service works and if it’s the right service for you.

Predesign consultation

We find the best way to start your garden project is with an initial face to face consultation and a site visit with Melissa Morton. 

This early collaboration helps to ensure that final designs align with your goals and expectations.  Ultimately, the predesign consultation lays the groundwork for the subsequent stages of the design process, providing a solid basis for creating a successful and tailored design solution.

We listen to your what you want, your initial ideas and investment goals.  We find out what planting you like and how much maintenance you want. 

What’s involved?

After completing a previsit questionnaire, we meet the homeowner on site and have a brief chat.  We then carry out a brief site assessment, taking time to look around the garden.  

We offer some immediate tailored ideas and suggestions which may inform the design (eg planting for screening/privacy).   If you have any particular issues (eg existing planting needs attention), we may be able to give on the spot advice during the visit.  A follow up report is emailed to you.

Oftentimes, after this service, clients have been able to readjust their priorities and expectations so serves as a very useful feasibility stage.  It means that when the design process starts, we have a clearer and more focused approach resulting in a planting design which is better aligned with your personal investment.  This can be truly valuable for some clients where rising costs of supply and groundworks are an essential consideration of the design journey.

This service is chargeable.

After this predesign consultation, a tailored fee proposal can be provided on request. 

Sketch Planting Design

In order to create a service which offers best value for money, we have developed our own planting ‘sketch design’ service.  This includes various stages:

Sketch Design

Consultations, site visits, sketches and plant selections

Sourcing plants

Specifying form and sizes, liaising with nurseries, discussing client’s budget for required impact and establishment, revising plant lists with substitutes as required

Supply of plants

Checking quality and condition on arrival, checking delivered stock is as ordered, dealing with issues along the way, arranging delivery and planning labour as necessary.

Setting out of plants

Putting plants in place on the borders (pre-prepared) according to the sketch designs.  Often subtle changes are made to final positions to give the best effect.


The planting stage can be discussed during the initial consultation. There are various options including planting yourself, hiring a gardener or we can arrange the planting on your behalf.

Melissa Morton believes that all of the above steps combined, enhance the design value compared to only providing a beautiful labelled up drawing.  We provide advice at the various stages to ensure your investment is taken care of.