FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Here’s Some Questions We Are Often Asked As Garden Designers.
What are the benefits of using a garden designer?
What does a garden designer do?
What things should I consider before engaging a garden designer?
How do you charge and when do I have to pay?
We charge a design fee and planting plan fee which vary based on the with the size of the garden. The cost of the hard and soft landscaping will be estimated after the brief and design are undertaken and agreed, this will whenever possible align with the budget. Payment for design fee is due after the briefing meeting. Payment for planting plan is due after design has been signed off. All costs for materials and plants are required upfront, prior to order and labour cost are due 5 days after completion. Payment schedules will be supplied on request.
How long will creating my garden take?
What do I need to consider?
Do you also do garden maintenance?
What time of year is the best for planting?
What time of year should you get your garden designed?
So what are Garden Designers, Landscapers, Landscape Gardeners and Landscape Architects?
There is a fair bit of confusion around the terminology of the trades involved in gardening and what they do.
Garden Designers will in most cases design and be involved in the creation of both hard (paving, decking, walls, planters) and soft features (planting) of a garden, including small structures e.g. sheds, gazebos, pergolas, screens, greenhouses etc.
Landscapers are usually builders who specialist in the external building works, patios, external walls, pathways, steps, fencing etc. They are normally better able to create these features whilst considering the planting aspects that follow than a standard builder.
Landscape Gardeners are often grounds maintenance companies that maintain corporate green spaces, communal grounds and very large gardens.
Landscape Architecture is the designing of outdoor areas normally on a large scale like parks.
There is of course overlap between all these definitions and I believe in the US Landscaper does often refer to Garden Designer so when you google the term it can the confuse.