Ongoing Garden & Planting Design Projects in 2017

Cottage garden in Kinross

(existing client about to downsize into a listed cottage with gardens front and rear; some challenges to take into consideration, including underground cellar accessed from patio; initial consultation November 2017 & professional survey recommended)

Consultation advice following house improvements in Dundee

(having  renovated their new house to a high standard, clients needed help to tackle the garden areas & awkward level changes October 2017; recommendations provided & further design advice being considered)

Garden upgrade for suburban home in Dunblane

(clients have lived in their home for many years & need inspiration to improve their rear garden; commission accepted and professional survey completed October 2017; concept plans  agreed; awaiting contractor visit, November 2017)

Consultation advice for garden in Kinross

(clients have returned to Scotland after working overseas and need help to upgrade their over-mature garden; pruning advice and planting recommendations provided August 2017; awaiting contractor estimates for new borders plus advice on  honey fungus infestation November 2017)

Enclosed rear garden in Kinross

(garden redesign needed following large house extension; commission accepted August 2017; design accepted September 2017; contractor estimate accepted November 2017; winter build with planting in spring 2018)

Existing clients moving home x 4

(four clients have been in touch to ask me to keep time free to help them design their new gardens once they move to new homes in the summer/autumn 2017 – after 10 years Shades of Green Garden Design is finally getting repeal business!)

Garden design for new build home in the hills behind Milnathort

(clients need help with landscape and planting design for south-facing 0.5 acre plot surrounding new build house; advice needed as build progresses to ensure hardscape elements close to house meet the clients’ practical and aesthetic needs; project seen end of June 2017 and commission accepted; entry date mid November with garden planning over the winter)

Consultation advice for large garden with some privacy issues – completed

(advice provided on planting to screen access road into development plus suggestions for dealing with existing trees/creating additional interest in the large grassed garden areas; June 2017)

Garden for listed property in East Fife

(clients seeking help with landscape design and planting solutions for a key area in their large rural garden; commission accepted June 2017; layout plan agreed October 2017; awaiting contractor meeting in December)

Suburban garden with awkward level changes in Falkirk

(client needs help with layout design and planting for a sloping, narrow, rear garden with uneven paving and over-mature planting; commission accepted June 2017; garden designed and contractor estimate accepted October 2017 ; construction planned for January 2018 with planting in the spring)

Large wooded plot surrounding woodman’s cottage in Perthshire

(couple with young children seeking help to upgrade the layout and planting in their rural garden surrounded by mixed woodland; commission accepted April 2017; survey completed June 2017; phase 1 design work completed for DIY landscape build, September 2017)

Vegetable plot redevelopment for wayside cottage in Fife – completed

(existing client has recently moved house and requested design advice for new property; large vegetable plot on sloping ground being redeveloped with raised beds and bee-friendly areas; planting advice also needed for large borders around new deck in main garden; March 2017; passed over to contractor for estimate and build)

Garden redesign following house extension near Rosyth

(partially developed garden in rural hamlet with open views; new layout needs garden areas for humans and bees! Commission accepted April 2017;  design completed June 2017; landscaping work & structural planting September 2017; perennial planting design over winter for spring implementation)

Rural cottage in Perthshire

(design commisson accepted a few years ago but put on hold due to health problems; survey completed July 2016; design currently at concept plan stage; DIY phased build; September 2016 and ongoing into 2017; planting design completed June 2017; DIY landscaping ongoing and planting planned for spring 2018)

Steeply sloping garden in Aberdour

(clients recently retired back to Scotland and bought a fabulous sea view in south Fife – but the garden is a serious challenge. Previously landscaped on a DIY basis, with towering Leylandii hedges and badly pruned mature trees, plus precipitous paths and steps, this garden will need some major renovation work to make is safe and enjoyable for these keen gardeners and their visiting family members; commission accepted, June 2016; phase 1 garden design agreed; construction began end November 2016 – completed  May 2017; planting May-June 2017; phase 2 design work completed with build to follow over winter 2017)

Ornamental vegetable garden for large rural garden in Newtyle

(garden design plan required to convert a sloping field next to a developed rural garden into an ornamental vegetable garden; advice on the arrival space at the front of the house is also needed, plus overall guidance to improve the sense of flow around the whole garden area; garden design proposal accepted, June 2015; design work begun August, 2015 and ongoing; contractor estimate, December 2015; construction onging Apri/May 2016; additional work in other areas of the garden October 2016 and 2017)

Existing client in Glendevon plans to open garden for charity in May 2018

(garden appraisal and top up planting of perennials and bulbs to ensure a good show in early summer next year, 2017; additional planting design requested for large wetland area November 2017;  ongoing garden design project since 2012)

Consultancy advice following house extension/garden landscaping in Aberdour – completed

(client requested advice on planting and layout improvements to deal with privacy issues in rear garden; March 2017)

Planting recommendations for family garden in Auchterader x 2 – completed

(plant recommendations, sourcing and setting out for two different clients with new-build family homes; seen in March 2017; plant supply and setting out May/June 2017)

Planting design for newly landscaped garden in Crieff – completed

(client referred by contractor for planting design assistance following extensive landscaping work in their large front garden; garden planted in April/May 2017)

Garden layout and planting design for brand new home in Scone – completed

(clients need help with the large front, side and rear gardens for a new executive home; contractor in place but hardscape layout needs to be planned properly before work begins in mid November 2016; planting design to follow; ongoing consultancy basis September-October 2016; planting completed June 2017)

Small front garden in Scone – completed

(referral from an existing client – keen gardener wants help in creating an abundantly planted, sheltered garden at the front of her house; garden survey completed and ideas being exchanged; July 2016; garden constructed in late winter; planting completed April/May 2017)

Garden for new home on an awkard-shaped plot in Kingskettle – completed

(clients built  a new home in a section of the garden of the house they had lived in for many years; a relatively informal and natural low maintenance garden required, with space for grandchildren to play; disguising the boundaries of the fenced triangular plot will be a challenge; concept plans agreed, May 2016; construction delayed due to house building delays; garden constructed September/October; structural tree & shrub planting, October 2016; top-up planting, spring 2017)

Garden for new home in Broughty Ferry – completed

(relatively low maintenance garden for retired couple with visiting grandchildren on a flat site around a modern new-build home on an infill site; recti-linear garden design inspired by the artwork of Mondrian; construction begun end May; planting completed, June 2016; bulb planting completed, Autumn 2016)

Layout and planting advice for a traditional cottage garden in Stirling – completed

(client had been seeking design advice since the beginning of 2016 but experienced a series of disappointments; garden layout advice provided for a DIY build followed by planting advice; September 2016 and completed in 2017)

Large rural garden in Muckhart – completed

(soon-to-be retired professional couple require advice to upgrade the front garden, driveway and arrival spaces at the front and back doors of their house; work to be phased, with design advice being provided on an ongoing consultancy basis; June 2015 and ongoing; first phase construction completed, January 2016; planting design, May 2016; garden planted June/July 2016)(you can see photos of this project on the blog)

Landscape design for new house build on large, sloping, rural site near Dollar – completed

(clients relocating to Scotland and building a new home overlooking the Ochils; landscape design work needed for planning permission; multi-disciplinary site meetings held in August and plans submitted September 2013; outline planning approved, house build underway 2017)

Project facilitation for Japanese garden build in conjunction with Japanese Garden Society (Scotland)

(see blog for more details)