Garden Design in Beckenham and Bromley

ABOUT US

We undertake everything from full garden design and build projects to design work, soft landscaping and planting schemes. You may want to start again with the whole garden or just improve the appearance of an area or make it more attractive to wildlife, whatever the project we’ll happily advise. Our service is personal and we will talk you through each stage and keep you updated on the project as it evolves.
When choosing a garden designer you should appoint someone who understands and can interpret your vision and/or requirements. That’s why our consultation is FREE, we want to meet you and really understand what you are looking for to deliver your dream. If you decide to commission us, we can produce hand-drawn designs to help you visualise what your garden will look like. After all creating a garden can be expensive and we feel it’s important that you can visualise what it could be.

We love a challenge and feel that the best ideas come from solving a problem or making the most of what you’ve got. Our intention is always to design a garden in keeping with the style of your property and to your own tastes.

 

 

We are also able to deliver on specialist requirements like Japanese garden design, naturalistic style or the introduction of habitat for bees, butterflies, birds and other wildlife. 

Our gardens tend towards a maximal planting style, blending interesting colour combinations with attractive foliage and grasses. Whilst being low maintenance once the planting is established, there is no such thing as a zero maintenance garden, so if you really don’t want to get your hands dirty we can come in a couple of times a year to maintain; tidy up, feed and weed. We often find that even the most un-green fingered people get the bug once their gardens are designed for them, so we also offer a quarterly tuition service in the first year. One of the team will take you through what needs to be done in the garden step by step, one session per season to keep it looking wonderful throughout the year. 

We offer garden design in Beckenham and Bromley, and the wider SE London postcodes, into Kent and Sussex within a 25-mile radius.

After an initial FREE consultation, if you decide to commission we can give you hand-drawn designs & plans to illustrate how your garden will look.

HOW WE WORK

THE DESIGN PROCESS

01. consultation meeting

We understand the trust required to be let loose on your garden. First of all we arrange a free consultation session on site. This will allow us to understand your requirements, like and dislikes and investigate what is possible from the site, give you an opportunity to understand our ideas and design philosophy and understand the fees.

02. brief
If you are happy to proceed, after the initial meeting, you will be asked to sign a notice of engagement. We will then have a briefing meeting, it is important that everyone who uses the garden attends. We will through a series of questions to define the brief. It is helpful if you have examples of gardens and plants you like or dislike.
03. master plan

Once the brief is agreed we will create a scale drawing of the site, defining the design concept with material choices and overall plant ideas. This will probably require a site visit to survey the garden. If the garden is particularly large a professional surveyor maybe required to undertake the survey.

04. material labour & quotes
Once the master plan is signed off and materials are all agreed labour quotes can be undertaken, I have my own roster of tradesmen however sometimes clients wish to use their own builders at this stage.
05. planting plan

This is the detailed scale plan which shows which plants go where, how many, with a defined plant list (Latin names including specific species/type which are required to order from plant nurseries). This can be postponed until all the hard landscaping costs have been established, to help with the over all budgeting, if required.

06. build process
Once all quotes are agreed the works can beginning; starting with site clearance, foundations, electric cables are laid for lighting and any power requirements, conduit for irrigation, hard landscaping, structures etc.
07. planting
The flower beds are then prepared, plants are bought and planted following the agreed planting plan.
08. finishing details
Irrigation is installed, as is final fix lighting.
Design Heights offers project management, procurement and planting services as well as quarterly maintenance and gardening tuition, fees are agreed based on requirement and scale of the project.
09. time scales
Depending on your requirements or the site conditions; dramatic changes can be realised in just a couple of weeks. However more complex projects and larger schemes will involve more planning and may take weeks in the design and implementation phase, before work begins.

DO YOU HAVE YOUR OWN GARDEN PROJECT IN MIND?