Garden Design Process

Designing Services

You can be assured that Garden Secrets will provide you with a well-planned and installed garden landscape. We provide everything from concept to completion, your landscape will be planned and installed for long term growth and a perfect end result. 


We understand how challenging a landscaping plan can be – whether you have purchased a new home or you are giving your old landscape a much needed facelift. Garden Secrets can help you overcome even the trickiest landscape project challenges to bring your backyard vision to life. We can completely transform the appearance of your landscape by achieving the highest level aesthetic excellence. 


For fabulous and long lasting results, designing with plants must start with an intelligent landscape plan and not a random process. All gardens are different and of all our designs are unique, therefore the following is a guide.  

Stage One: The Initial Visit

During the initial visit we discuss your needs, likes and dislikes and assess any challenges presented, proposing possible solutions where necessary. Also included will be the following:


  • Decide how the garden is best surveyed 
  • Photograph the site 
  • Understand specific requirements such as irrigation, lighting, children’s play equipment, fruit and vegetable areas, etc 
  • Discuss how the project will be phased, to suit your budget or seasonal factors  

Assuming that you wish to proceed, the next stage is to come back for the garden design of your project. Following this a design fee is agreed in writing and arrangements made to have the garden surveyed and take a detailed design brief.  

Stage Two: Concept Plan

 All of the gardens that we design and create are individual, therefore the design process is tailored to your particular needs and circumstances. The first stage of the project is to propose a layout plan setting. The exact detailed planting schemes at this early stage are not given, but the planting styles will be. At this point the detail of the layout plan will depend on how advanced our initial meeting is. The plan will usually be accompanied by a document along with the 3D design illustrating the concept behind the design with photo references. These photo references provide a useful and easy to understand guide as to how your garden might look.  This is presented in person with samples of some of the materials that can be used. Subject to your thoughts, the design can be firmed up, refined or modified. 


Once agreed, a detailed costing and 3D design can be prepared. It will take into account the seasons, your budget and other requirements. After the layout plan has been prepared and agreed, planting plans are usually supplied. The planting plan, which will be to scale, comes with a schedule of all the plants. It will also include their suggested quantities, planting sizes and months of interest. It will be accompanied by some photo references, the virtual design and a cost estimate for the supplies and planting of the beds.

Stage Three: The build and follow up

Assuming you wish us to implement the design a detailed timetable will be proposed. It will include a set of terms and conditions and a payments schedule will be agreed.    

Other Matters

If we supply and plant the plants, they are all guaranteed for one year as long as they are not eaten by the likes of rabbits or deer, insects and are given a reasonable amount of loving care. Once created we offer a regular professional maintenance service. We will also provide a maintenance guide at the end of each creation, setting out what you should do to the plants throughout the year.