Luxury Apartments

A well designed garden is achieved through a collaboration between Garden Designer and Client. Good communication at each stage of the design process ensures that the final design and planting scheme is on brief and achievable. Taking the plans and constructing the garden is also a process that requires the skills of both the designer and the landscape contractor to realise the vision and transform ideas on paper into a real life garden.

The Initial Meeting

Initial Meeting

Following your enquiry, the first meeting enables us to look at the site and determine the scope of the project. We can discuss what services are required and the discussions are the basis of the Client Brief.

The Brief

Formal Front Garden

This is the first stage of the design process and is critical to the success of the final design. The design process is a journey and as such the brief may evolve as site conditions, practicality and affordability shape the concept. You are guided through this process so that the final design is all you imagined and more.

Site Survey and Analysis

Bramley Apple Tree

A full site survey and analysis ensures that all the specific garden details have been recorded and considered before the design process starts. The survey will either be carried out by the team or on larger or more complicated site by a land surveyor.

Initial Concept

Initial Concept

3D digital images really bring a design to life and help my clients visualise the design concept along with a scaled Presentation Plan. Once the concept is approved, the final plans can produced ready for the contractor.

Detailed Plans

Detailed Plans

Plans required by a contractor include a detailed Setting Out Plan, Construction Detail drawings, Lighting Plan and Planting Plans. Tender documentation is prepared in order to brief the landscape contractor on approval of the detailed plans.

Project Monitoring

Project Monitoring

When working with either our preferred landscape contractor or a contractor belonging to either the APL or BALI, we offer a project monitoring service, working with the contractor to ensure the smooth running of the build. 

Water Features

Water Features

No templates. No cookie cutters. Each design will be singular and unique to you.

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Urban Retreats

Urban Retreats

No templates. No cookie cutters. Each design will be singular and unique to you.

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Small Spaces

Small Spaces

We works with professionals that specialize in every area of the landscape process.

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Show Home Gardens

Show Home Gardens

Show Home Gardens Show home gardens and community spaces, require a different design approach to residential gardens. The brief can be quite...

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Rural Gardens

Rural Gardens

Rural Gardens Rural gardens can be large and often form the grounds of period homes. They may also belong to a country cottage or a listed...

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Roof Terraces

Roof Terraces

Our approach is to design landscapes that are created to last for generations.

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Low-Allergen

Low-Allergen

Low-Allergen A recent project led to considerable research into low-allergen gardens. Using careful plant selection and consideration to both hard...

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Garden Writing

Garden Writing

Garden Writing Sarah Plested offers a number of garden writing services for a range of consumer lifestyle and trade magazines. Some of the recent...

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Garden Lighting

Garden Lighting

Garden Lighting In the UK we spend more time looking out on our gardens than we do in them and during the winter months our gardens are in the...

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After five years, our garden is maturing into a wonderful space which is used daily and has given us such lasting pleasure. We couldn't have wished for a better design!

Elaine Persin

Sarah really understood the challenges we were trying to solve with the garden. She has a wealth of knowledge on plant types for colour, structure, scent and seasonal interest. Creating a scheme that has added beautiful views and value to our home.

Sam Honey

Sarah was great. We wanted to dramatically change our front garden but did not really know how to achieve this, Sarah came up with a few designs (that were amazing). We would not have our garden now which we still love 3 years on if not for Sarah

Michael Palmer

From the first meeting with Sarah I felt confident in her ability to create the garden that was right for me. The design plans were incredibly detailed and the finished garden matched them 100%. I couldn’t be more delighted with the finished result and know my garden will bring me hours of joy for my time in this home. 

Alison Attenborough

Sarah was a pleasure to work with. The right balance between interpreting the brief and pursuing the design further, drawing on her expertise. Her enthusiasm and energy was refreshing.

Ailsa Duncan