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Planting Plan process and planting options


A Planting Plan shows all plants by variety, their position and numbers to be planted as well as their final spread in the garden. This is your working document if you are planning to do the planting yourself.

Initial visit
To discuss any particular requirements (plants you especially love, planting styles, features within the garden to enhance or hide through considered planting) and to assess the site for plant suitability. Borders may be measured and existing plants worth keeping are recorded. You may want some advice on how best to prepare the border and it's existing plants before planting.

Second visit
To discuss the planting plan and how to achieve the finished project.
You may wish to source plants yourself or make use of my full planting service where I source good quality plants from reputable wholesalers.

Visits are charged at an hourly rate whilst planning and planting work are individually priced.

EXAMPLES - click on the thumbnails


This small town garden is heavily overlooked by three-storey houses opposite. Another issue is the large number of slugs and snails living in it! Plants were chosen which would provide a soft screen, and columnar shapes to give the illusion of a bigger garden - and which are also slug-proof! Roses and clematis trained along rope swags and an iron arch pergola offer gentle privacy as well as ornamental evergreen trees at the end of the garden which will tolerate pruning to keep them in check.

The owners of this garden are away during July and August and so the brief was to provide interest for the remaining months. The garden is on the edge of Dartmoor and in a very exposed site. Tough tree species which can tolerate these conditions were planted so as to provide protection from wind and frost rolling off the moor. For a new border I chose early and late summer flowering herbaceous perennials. Seed heads and stem colour provide winter interest along with plenty of bulbs for spring and autumn cheer.
A set of granite steps was softened with cultivars of Hemerocallis and Asters which I've found to be almost bomb-proof in these challenging locations! I also used species native to moorland such as the white flowering stonecrop which I established between the steps.  

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