When Is A Good Time To Think About A Garden Design?

Tuesday, 04 March 2014

We often have clients asking when is a good time to think about a garden design. And while the answer to that is pretty much anytime there are some perfect times of the year to get the ball rolling…

When is the right time to think about a garden design

Our garden designs are drawn up in CAD then hand coloured

Many clients apologise for contacting us in the heart of Winter and think it is silly to be discussing gardens when the weather is often so bad outside. But Winter and Spring can be the perfect time to start the ball rolling with your garden design

How long will a design take?

The design process can take up to a few months to complete depending on the complexity of the garden. At our initial consultation we will discuss ALL your requirements (many of which you will not have considered) so that we know exactly how you want to use the garden, who will use it and some of the features and plants you like (or sometimes more importantly, those you don’t like!)

Our designs create journeys and interest around the garden

Our designs create journeys and interest around the garden

What is the design process?

We will then take time to come up with a few concepts and then meet up to discuss these with you. This interim meeting will discuss costs, materials and various aspects of the design. From there we will do our final drawings, moodboard and our collate the build costs. Doing a design takes time to ensure we get the garden which is right for that particular client and also for that specific garden and its setting. We need to consider topography, soil type, existing features and planting, surrounding landscapes, access and much more before finalising our designs. All of our designs are drawn up on CAD to ensure accuracy and then hand coloured for a more natural finish.

A moodboard shows the inspiration for the design, materials, features and planting proposed

A moodboard shows the inspiration for the design, materials, features and planting proposed

Allow time for our landscaping team

The client also needs to factor in that all good landscapers should already have several projects on their books which means they won’t be able to start your garden straight away. At Vialii our outdoor team are usually pre-booked for 2-3 months on build projects so by contacting us in winter/spring you are much more likely to have your garden designed and built by summer so you can enjoy it in the good weather. Although we can’t guarantee the good weather!

One of the many gardens which we have successfully designed and lovingly built over the years

One of the many gardens which we have successfullyOne of the many gardens which we have successfully designed and lovingly built over the years designed and lovingly built over the years

That said we design and build gardens all year round. And we mean all year! Unless the weather is incredibly bad we will be out there all through the year transforming gardens.

So really, no time is too early a time to think about a garden design. If you are considering a new look to part or all of your garden for this year, get in touch and we will be round to take those first steps with you.

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