Modern & contemporary or traditional & formal, urban town house or country cottage, sunken courtyard or roof garden, we create well designed, beautiful gardens to suit your style and space, gardens which will give you pleasure for many years to come.
Classical, Urban, Contemporary, Courtyard, Roof or Terrace
Gardens designed to suit your style and your space
Gardens designed to your style & for your space
Designing gardens, courtyards, patios and roof terraces
The clean lines of a contemporary garden can maximise your living space and provide a tranquil area to relax and entertain. We can design a modern garden to compliment your home.
We create classical English gardens using gorgeous planting and traditional materials to complement your house. We also love designing classical Italian & French gardens too.
In London space is at a premium. We love the challenge of creating urban gardens for city dwellings to enjoy and relax in. What ever the space available we’ll create a city garden that works.
Penthouse and roof gardens offer the opportunity to use the skyline as a backdrop to an the outdoor space. Challenges are often the elements, wind, sun, lack of soil and water as well as the restrictions of space.
There are often practical starting points when it comes to garden design. Front gardens perform are on public view, welcoming visitors, and leading them up to the house, whereas back gardens are for private use.
Courtyard & patio spaces offer the urban city dweller somewhere outdoor to relax and unwind. Typically the space available is limited. We love the challenge of making these compact areas work well and look beautiful.
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:
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:
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…
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.
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.