Garden Design, Planting & Landscaping Services
How we work with you to create your garden
Garden Landscaping & Designing Services in London
Every garden is different, and each has a unique set of requirements. Hampstead Garden Design can take care of all aspects of your garden design from conception, through planning and design to completion. The design services we offer include:
Each of our layout designs is bespoke and is developed to take account of your lifestyle, tastes and the local environment. We specify all materials needed to construct your new garden, from paving and fencing screens down to furniture and light fittings. All plans are to scale and are professionally hand drawn.
Each planting design is bespoke and is developed to reflect your tastes and also the plants best suited to the soil and aspect of your particular garden. The planting plan shows the position of each plant in the design and allows sufficient space for your garden to develop over the coming years.
We personally select plants from our network of local growers and nurseries, who can be relied upon to supply good quality specimens. We then set out and install the planting for you. We also offer planting maintenance, to ensure that your garden offers many years of enjoyment.
Having a beautiful garden is something which many of us dream of. A place to relax on a warm summerʼs evening or lazily unwind on a Sunday morning. So how do you achieve this dream…
Creating a new garden is a journey, which takes time and detailed knowledge. It is an investment in your home and in your lifestyle. One which we hope you will be thrilled with for many years to come. A skilled garden designer will guide you through the journey, helping you to avoid the pitfalls and expensive mistakes.
In designing a garden there are many questions to be answered, which can be exciting and also a little daunting to the inexperienced.
How to layout the garden?
This is possibly one of the most important questions. We can help you to think about how you would like to use the garden. A good layout design can make the difference between a mediocre garden and a fantastic garden.
Why are my plants dying,?
Why are they growing so big that they block the windows?
Why does my garden look so bare in winter?
There is a plant and for every soil and situation. The key is in knowing how to pick the right ones. We will work with you to design a planting scheme which will thrive in your garden and which you will love to look at all year round.
We can guide you through the details of paving, patios and pergolas, ever popular water features and outdoor kitchens and the placement of furniture and lighting.
And in order to create your garden we will introduce you to skilled, experienced and trustworthy landscapers who are as committed as we are to getting the details of your garden just right.
The Garden Design Process
We offer a full garden planning service and can advise on all aspects of planting and landscape design, helping you to create a garden which is beautiful and suited to your individual needs and budget. This process usually follows the following steps.
Initial Consultation & Brief
Every garden design project starts with the ‘Initial Consultation’. Following a telephone conversation, I like to meet any potential clients to have a first view of the garden and to hear about your thoughts and ideas for the space, your brief.
During this first visit I can make an initial assessment of the key features of your garden and we can discuss your ideas, your budget and the next steps of the process.
The initial consultation usually lasts about an hour. I will follow up my visit by email with an outline of my understanding of the brief, what we discussed and my fee proposal for redesigning your garden.
Some of the key elements discussed during our first meeting are:
Who and how will the garden be used?
The desired style or scheme for the garden
Planting ideas and colour palettes
Lighting & other features
Practicalities – upkeep, storage, physical or topographical considerations
The initial consultation is also an opportunity for you to ask questions and become more familiar with the design process.
The Garden Survey
The next step of the design process is the site survey. An accurate survey of the existing garden is essential before any design work can take place.
During the survey I take full measurements and ground levels, collect soil samples for analysis and look at the aspect and light levels of your garden. I will assess the garden’s best features and views and discuss your favourite areas. I will take photos and assess the atmosphere, the setting and surroundings.
Features that are assessed in the garden survey include:
Buildings, both your house and any garden buildings which may impact on the garden design.
Trees both on your land and those that may be in neighbouring gardens.
Plants that you would like to keep or reuse.
Overhead or underground services e.g. sewers, drain access and electrical feeds.
Water existing features
Potential risks such as falls from steps or raised terraces.
A key element of the garden survey is the topography of the outdoor space – that is, the lie of the land. This is important as it affects drainage, siting and design of new features and planting and the amount of effort needed for both hard and soft landscaping.
I take many measurements and photos to help during the design and planning process.
Garden Layout Design
We work with you to design a bespoke layout plan for your garden, taking into account your lifestyle, tastes, budget and the local environment.
At this stage of the design process the details of the hard landscaping are chosen.
This might include paving and decking, any walls or fences, pergolas and water features. We work with you to agree details of the materials to be used and supply sample finishes. A layout plan is drawn up which details all dimensions and materials used. This will be used by the landscaper to build the garden. Where necessary we will also supply specifications and construction drawings for particular elements.
If any of the works require planning permission, we are happy to liaise with local planning authorities to obtain consents and have particular experience of working in conservation areas.
Construction & Landscaping
Once the drawings for the garden build have been completed, we are happy to introduce you to reputable landscapers who can build your new garden according to our detailed design. If you wish, we will visit during the build and monitor the construction to ensure that the garden is built according to the plans.
Planting Plans, Plant Selection and Planting
Each planting design is bespoke and is developed to reflect your tastes and also the plants which are best suited to your particular garden. When embarking on the planting plan, we meet with you to look at plants which we feel would work well in your garden. Once we have decided on a palette of plants, we will draw up the planting plan which will show the location and spacing of all the plants, both new and existing.
We source the plants from our network of local growers and nurseries, who can be relied upon to supply good quality specimens. We set out and install the planting for you and are happy to offer advice on the correct maintenance, to ensure that your garden offers many years of enjoyment.
After the garden has been planted we can also prepare easy to understand Maintenance Guides to help you care for and maintain your new garden.
We can also provide…
liaison with local planning authorities to obtain consents; we have particular experience of designing gardens to meet conservation area regulations.
construction drawings, which show how to build more complex items, such as pergolas and water features.
a specification which details exactly how your garden should be built.
project monitoring, to ensure that your garden is constructed according to the design.
a bespoke planting maintenance manual, advising you on how to care for each of the plants in your garden.
garden ‘renovation’ if you do not feel that your garden needs to be fully redesigned, but merely needs a little ‘freshening up.’
Hampstead Garden Design: Services we don’t offer
Here at Hampstead Garden Design, we believe in specialising in the thing we do best. Namely working with you to completely redesign your garden, from the initial site survey through to planting the last bulb. For that reason there are some jobs which we donʼt take on.
We donʼt install fences or sheds,
We don’t mow lawns or rework individual planting beds.
We don’t offer a pruning or plant maintenance service.
However we do know lots of lovely people who do and are happy to put you in contact if this is what you need.
You can enjoy gorgeous plants and greenery whatever space you have available. Whether it’s a shaded courtyard, a sunny terrace or a penthouse roof garden, we’ll design a space that is perfect for you to relax and enjoy.
To find out more about how we can help you create a stylish, lasting garden, suited to your budget, please contact Sarah Oxby, Hampstead Garden Design to arrange an initial consultation.
I am writing this is my study overlooking my wonderful new garden. From the first meeting to the final work, I could not have been happier. Sarah created a garden for us that 18 months on looks brilliant, even at this time of year. The end result is that we have a garden and new patio that we can enjoy and one that our grandchildren can also play in. Thank you Sarah.
Sarah has given me the most beautiful garden. She listened to my ideas and stretched them even further. I could never have got here without her. Her landscaping was inspired and her planting has provided me with a year round delight. I would thoroughly recommend her.
Sarah of Hampstead Garden Design was a delight to work with, she designed a wonderful patio, front driveway and garden planting scheme for us. Sarah understood our brief completely and we are delighted with the finished results. We consider our garden to be another room in our house and are deriving so much pleasure from it. We would definitely recommend Hampstead Garden Design.
We moved in 2014 to a house with smaller and very unattractive gardens, front and back. We didn’t want to wait for years of our own trial and error improving them. A friend recommended Sarah and using her to design and plant our new gardens has been a real pleasure. She listened to our wants and dislikes, surveyed the new gardens carefully to take account of changes of level, supplied plans we could understand, noted our responses to her proposals, adapted them to what we wanted and oversaw the complete and imaginative redesign and planting of the new gardens.
The whole planting scheme was attractive and interesting and within our budget. Even in the first summer (2015) the result was just what we wanted and we’re confident it will get better and better as the gardens mature. We thought her fees were reasonable and she stuck to the figure she had quoted – no hidden surprises. Her communications with us were first rate.
Thank you Sarah!
We were recommended to Sarah by our architect and found her excellent in every way. It was great to have the garden designed so beautifully and it has greatly enhanced our home. All went very smoothly and it was a pleasure to deal with her.
From the outset, Sarah was a great listener and transferred my vision to a set of plans that my builders found easy to follow. She worked hard to source products that matched my requirements and always went the extra mile to deliver an excellent and cost effective service. Sarah was a pleasure to work with and I am happy to recommend her work.
We had a number of meetings with Sarah to discuss ideas and she interpreted what we wanted beautifully. The companies she recommended to carry out the actual building work according to her plans were excellent. Then began the job of choosing the plant layout which, again, Sarah interpreted beautifully. Everything was planted in September 2016 and now, summer 2017, we are reaping the rewards of a mature, easy to maintain, lovely garden, both back and front. Highly recommended.