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Dean Design Gardens and Interiors

Worth pointing out, in the UK at least, many 'garden landscapers' are more about laying patios, erecting fencing, building walls, etc, than being horticulturalists with great plant knowledge – beware! As a garden designer, I quite often see these landscapers (who are great at building hard-landscaping), scooping up pretty plants at the wholesalers to fill a client's garden – all a bit random.

It's important also to remember that the hard-landscaping elements (patio, fencing, walls, etc) are by-far the most expensive parts of a project and can cost thousands. Getting a garden designer in to do a 'master layout' ( a plan to work towards) before the hard-landscapers do their bit can be invaluable and cost as little as £500.

The garden designer can also provide a 'planting plan' along with every plant required in the plan – it usually works out cheaper to go this route than any other. For example, if a not-very-knowledgeable person were to buy plants individually, either online or from garden centres, plants will be full retail price and may not be suited to the particular conditions of the person's garden. A good garden designer will guarantee that all plants provided are healthy and ideally suited to the conditions in the clients' garden (soil type, light levels, climate, aspect, etc.) Which means the plants are likely to flourish. And buying all the plants in one hit can be economical too.

Having just bought a derelict house with a derelict garden, as a designer, my first job on the garden has been planning. I have a tight budget and I can't afford mistakes – as the saying goes, "if you fail to plan, you plan to fail". Getting a good garden designer in from the start can be the cheapest way to a stunning garden.

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gc_trinidad

Thank you for sharing. We are also in a tight budget after our house extension. We've saved some of our bricks to use in our garden. I want a place to entertain & relax but have no idea how to start with.


   
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June Walsh

Look out for offers at your local garden centre, money off events and also reduced plants. We sell these where I work, there is nothing wrong with them, they may just be coming to the end of flowering etc. but will be perfect the next year. Also local garden centres may have lists of designers and landscapers. As with all things get three quotes. I had two quotes for a patio recently, the team I preferred and where better qualified (degree in garden design) and were half the price of the other one. Post code quoting I suspect from the other guy, but also the team I am using are young and keen and came up with better ideas. We have decided on porcelain not stone, (with large shingle in courtyard and side path) after four or five visits to different suppliers looking at stone too. I would advise visiting and seeing actual pieces in situ, and grabbing samples where possible. Different light alters the look. Look at neighbours gardens and see what works well in theirs. And if in SW London avoid Box at the moment, the caterpillars are feasting on it at such a rate a whole hedge can go overnight.

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