Your Questions Answered

At Vialii Garden Design, we understand that you will have lots of questions about having your garden designed. Hopefully you will have found a lot of answers on our website but we have listed below the Top 10 questions we are asked most often. If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.



Q1. Why do I need a garden designer?

There are lots of reasons why you may need the help of a professional garden designer. Perhaps you are already a keen gardener but you need a bit of guidance and creative input to turn your nice garden into a stunning outdoor room or simply transform a border you are having problems with. Maybe you don’t have the time to come up with a design and to investigate the sometimes overwhelming amount of options available and come up with a coherent design which fits your needs. Perhaps you don’t have the first idea where to start when it comes to gardens and need someone to make the whole process easy and pain free for you.

You may have purchased a new property and although finished beautifully on the inside, the outside has been left at best uninspiring, or at worst a thinly disguised building site. Commonly we are contacted to deal with sloping gardens where the client doesn’t know how to deal with the level differences.

Whatever your reason for needing some guidance, garden design encompasses a whole host of areas from using the right plants in the right place to providing the right balance of hard landscaping and planting and ensuring year round interest, texture, height and so much more. To make your garden a stunning retreat, a lot of knowledge and experience is required, which is why we recommend you use the services of a professional designer.

Q2. What are the benefits of using a garden designer?

There are many benefits which include:

  • Having a well designed and maintained garden can increase the value of your property.
  • Gardens are becoming more and more important as extra living space and are now used as an additional room.
  • Concepts which you may have not considered before can be discussed whether it be bespoke seating, the latest plants and materials, lighting, sound and much more.
  • You can see how your garden will look before any of the actual work begins so you are not left disappointed on completion.
  • The garden will be designed to your requirements whether it be a haven for wildlife, a place for entertaining or simply a place to relax and escape. Your favourite colours and themes will all be incorporated into your garden design making it unique and perfect for you.
  • The incredibly important infrastructure to the garden will be created for you, looking at all elements and making it easy for you to maintain and enjoy it for many years to come.
  • You can simply brief the designer and then receive your garden design and subsequently the garden of your dreams without any work or worry of your own…
  • …Or you can have as much or as little input into the design as you like.
  • Adding the “Wow” factor!
Q3. Why choose Vialii Garden Design?

Vialii Garden Design (VGD) is a young and innovative design company with lots of fresh ideas to make your garden look stunning without costing the earth (both literally and figuratively!) We are fully qualified – Jill has a Diploma in Garden Design and is a Friend of the Society of Garden Designers. SGD is the only professional association for garden designers in the UK and is dedicated to supporting, promoting and maintaining the highest quality of standards within garden design. Michael is a qualified structural engineer, a great help in both the design and build of our gardens and has many years experience of building gardens from scratch. Where other designers may charge for initial consultations, we offer this service for FREE. VGD is different from other garden designers as we can offer a full landscaping service in-house and are not reliant on external contractors. This is a great benefit as clients can be assured the design vision will be realised and not compromised in any way as well as dealing with just us all the way through the project. As a small company, we pride ourselves in excellent customer service and we will endeavour to ensure you are comfortable and happy throughout the whole experience. VGD’s sister company, Vialii Garden Services, offer a full maintenance package should that be required too, ensuring your garden continues to look exactly as it did when it was brand new.

Q4. What do I get if I employ the services of Vialii Garden Design
  • An initial FREE, no obligation meeting to discuss your requirements, site assessment, and presentation of our portfolio.
  • A follow up meeting to present our initial concepts and ideas for your comment.
  • Final design drawings showing all the elements of the design including lawns, paths, trees, planting, seating areas, ponds etc.
  • A mood board giving you a feel for the materials and plants used in the design.
  • A cost for the design to be built by Vialii Garden Design
Q5. How much will it cost to design my garden?

As you will appreciate every garden is different so it’s impossible to give a definitive cost for a design without seeing the garden and meeting the client. We offer a FREE, no obligation initial consultation where we discuss your ideas, assess the site (take measurements, soil samples, look at aspect etc.) and present our portfolio. Following that meeting we will quickly advise the cost for designing your garden. We can also provide a cost if you simply want a planting plan for a bed or a shrub border.

Q6. What locations do you cover?

We regularly cover all locations in central Scotland from Glasgow to Edinburgh and up to Perth. However, we are happy to consider locations further afield.

Q7. Can you do landscaping as well as design?

Vialii Garden Design regularly undertake the build of our own designs as well as providing costs for whatever thoughts you may have. For our own designs, we ensure the service is seamless so you don’t have the worry of having to work with different contractors and incur delays waiting to see your garden completed. We are competitively priced and as creators of both the vision and the actual garden itself you can rest assured your design will be completed as per the plan. There may be some instances where we will use external specialist contractors but in those instances the details would be discussed fully with yourself. If you know exactly what you want built, we are happy to undertake that too. For more information on our landscaping service, please click here. Looking to the future, our sister company Vialii Garden Services can also provide a regular maintenance service for your garden, should that be required.

Q8. Do I have to use Vialii Garden Design to build the design?

No, we are happy for you to use the designs and build your garden yourself or to give the designs to your own contractor. If you prefer, we can project manage your external contractor to ensure they stay true to the design. Costings for this service are available on request.

Q9. Can I make my garden eco-friendly?

Vialii Garden Design always encourage the use of sustainable, local materials and environmentally friendly gardens wherever possible. We are happy to discuss to what extent you want to make your garden eco friendly whether it be an alternative to patio heaters, use of solar panels, using local materials or simply encouraging wildlife into your garden.

Q10. How do I start the process?

Contact us and arrange your FREE initial consultation or to ask us any questions you may still have.

Q11. Can I buy gardening gift vouchers?

Of course. Our gift vouchers are a unique gift for loved ones and can be created to whatever value you wish. They are the perfect gift for any occasion. Contact us and arrange your voucher.