The time to start planning your garden is now. Winter is the ideal time to develop ideas, design and implement your garden in time for Spring 2018 Our unique and creative professional Small Garden & Landscape Design Team are here to help inspire, develop and work with you to create the ideal small garden.
There are many homes with small gardens, especially with modern homes or town houses. This does not mean you must be restrictive in your thoughts, ideas and how you will use your garden., although it can often be difficult to think outside the norm when you have limited outside space. Coming up with creative and imaginative ideas that allow you to maximise your garden and still use the garden effectively can be a challenge.
Our small garden design team can pack a punch into the smallest of gardens or courtyards. No matter how small your garden there is room for design, movement, space, sound, colour and fragrance. With careful planning, we can design your garden into a beautiful space designed around you. All we need is a little inspiration, some careful thought and planning.
Having a small garden does not mean we can’t be creative in the way we think and utilise the space available. It’s all about defining the space and tricking the eye with design, colour, lighting and maximising the garden to create solutions to seating, storage and an illusion of space when area limited. We can creatively design small terrace gardens without grass, formal gardens using planting and symmetry and contemporary elegance with clean lines using our knowledge and experience of design solutions for small gardens.
There are several key principles to all garden and landscape design, but when you have a small garden you should look carefully at key considerations. Your investment should be weighed to ensure you spend the most available on the best possible materials. Stretching the investment and going for cheaper and inferior materials is a false economy and will in the end, cost you more. Using materials of a high quality will ensure your garden will last without the need for renovation or replacements for many years to come
The types of materials should be kept to a maximum of three or four, such as hardwood, stone and gravel or glass. Using a multitude of materials will inevitably allow the garden to look busy, confused and crowded.
Small garden design should not exclude planting and by adding colourful displays and structure we will improve the garden and allow it to envelop us to its heart. We should include structure such as Buxus (box) and when we combine this with plants such as Nepeta (Cat Mint), Heuchera, Lavender, Agapanthus, Echinacea and so much more we can transform the smallest garden into a wonderful space of peace and tranquillity.
For plants, always look for good quality plants rather than retailers or nurseries that have the “ stack em high, sell em cheap” approach.
Think carefully about the size, shape and placing of the key plants in key areas, such as the terrace, considering where you will sit and enjoy the sun and if the area is shady or sunny. In addition, what plants we like, evergreen, small trees, such as Olive and of course fragrance. In a small garden fragrance can be increased by the space and close proximity we will have with these plants.
A small garden can follow in any form or symbolic of your home, personality and own style. The range of styles will require careful consideration and can include contemporary, which does not necessarily mean modern. At its most precise explanation, “contemporary” means the style and design of the moment. Therefore, a small contemporary garden, whether courtyard or with grass is not a style of one thread and you can still use traditional materials such as wood and stone but they are aligned with a contemporary layout.
Formal Garden Design is based on symmetry and a balanced style with both elements of hard landscaping and planting geometrically aligned to create structure and defined lines. Within small gardens, this can be formed around a central feature such as bench, sculpture, or even architectural planting such as Box, a specimen Olive tree or a cloud tree. Formal conjures up images of country estates or large gardens, however with a well-constructed Parterre or Herb Garden, the style can fit into the smallest of gardens.
Size does not matter, and whether you garden is a courtyard, front garden, or a small rear garden there will still be a need to carefully plan and creatively design the space to ensure the garden flows and very area of space is maximised. Once we have considered the options available, we will create a design proposal detailing the ideas, thoughts, needs and extras such as lighting, water, sound, and style within the investment expectation and together with a mood board of thoughtful images we will reflect how the garden may look once it has been completed. Within the design proposals we set out the investment expectation and include our fee for the design. Garden design fees typically start at around £1,100.00 but are often based on 5% to 12% of the build costs. Additionally, you can recoup up to 25% of the design costs if we construct the garden for you.
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