Hard landscaping is the structural backbone of the garden. However, the quality of the finished garden is totally dependent on the knowledge, expertise and application of the plantsperson. It is essential that the plantsperson takes into account the special characteristics of location, aspect, soil and climate and brings this knowledge to the initial discussion with the client.

Once this conversation has established the mood and feel required of the garden, and other specific needs of the client have been identified, the detailed planning process can begin. Bearing in mind a wide range of options; will the overall structure be architectural, formal, naturalistic, cottage or contemporary style? Will it be small or large scale, including meadows, orchards and tree planting? Will it need to be low maintenance? Will it have a strong emphasis on ecology with a need for green roofs, living roofs, ponds, bog gardens and insect friendly planting?

Seasonal change is important. There is a complex inter-relationship between colour variation, plant ecology, client taste and the overall aesthetic of a particular garden within the context of seasonal change.

Gardens by Keltie and Clark understand all these factors and will help you with planting schemes and where required, garden maintenance which enables the original garden design to thrive and mature.