Ongoing Garden & Planting Design Projects in 2018

Woodland garden in Inverkeithing

(clients live in an upper maisonette with their retired parents below and would like the long, narrow garden to be used by all members of the family; garden contains mature trees and shrubs and has been partly developed by previous owners; advice needed on how to create a natural, woodland-style garden that integrates and/replaces existing features; initial consultation December 2018))

Planting design for two new-build gardens in Auchtermuchty

(existing client has moved house and needs help with planting design and plant supply for their own garden and the adjacent garden owned by their parents; initial consultation October 2018; plant design completed November 2018 with planting planned for spring 2019)

Front garden in Pool of Muckhart

(client in middle of major house renovations needed planting advise for their front garden; after visiting the site recommendations were made to defer garden development until funds are available to deal with the drainage issues and rebuild old retaining walls, October 2018)

Steep garden in Falkirk

(clients sought advice having seen another Shades of Green garden under development; very steep ground with over-mature planting on both sides of house requires terracing and replanting; garden constructed over summer 2018; planting design completed with planting planned for spring 2019)

Farm cottage garden in need of major uplift

(clients have lived in house for 20 years without making major changes to the garden; help sought for layout and planting ideas, including how to garden with 2 hens, 1 dog and 1 cat also on site; initial consultation,  July 2018; garden planned and awaiting construction estimate, autumn 2018)

Pre-construction advice for enclosed garden in Pittenweem – completed

(large house extension due to begin & rear garden will need a major facelift once it becomes the key view from the new living area; layout ideas discussed in advance of build in case materials/soil can be reused in new design, June 2018)

Planting design for small front garden in Dollar – completed

(retired client needs to convert mature sloping shrub border into an area that is easier to maintain; layout & planting plans agreed; border cleared and replanted summer  2018)

Existing client seeking further planting design advice for rural garden – completed

(detailed advice for shelter belt planting provided in 2017 for DIY implementation; further advice sought to improve existing shrub borders, June 2018)

Layout & planting design for small area of large rural garden in Stirlingshire

(existing client has moved home & wants to update one area of her mature garden, May 2018; layout plans & planting design agreed for DIY build, June 2018; ongoing planting advice being provided for other garden areas, July 2018)

Landscape plans for planning in Perthshire – completed

(clients building a new home on a rural site required professional landscape plans to meet planning requirements, April 2018)

Garden with drainage issues in Thornhill

(clients recently moved into a relatively new property with significant drainage problems in two parts of the garden; first seen in April 2018 & garden design with drainage solutions ongoing, June/July 2018)

Consultation advice for mature garden in Tillicoultry – completed

(in anticipation of a new house extension advice was sought regarding new parking options & potential impact on garden areas, April 2018)

Mature garden in Cupar

(removal of several mature trees has prompted need to re-evaluate garden in the run-up to retirement; initial meeting, April 2018; site survey, May 2018; garden planned and awaiting construction over winter 2018/19)

Mature garden in need of renovation in Falkirk

(ideas needed to renovate and upgrade a mature garden now that the family have grown up and moved away; initial consultation, February 2018; garden planned May 2018 and constructed in late summer; phase 1 planting complete with phase 2 planting planned for spring 2019)

Large (1.5 acre) garden on rural hilltop in Fife – completed

(clients have spent 4 years clearing the over mature garden wilderness around their new home and have revealed some fabulous long views; now need a garden masterplan for phased development over the next 5 years; consultation appointment February 2018)

New off-grid rural home in Perthshire hills – completed

(landscape plans needed to meeting planning approval conditions for new house on 2.5 acre site in very rural off-grid location; commission accepted, December 2017; plans completed to meet planning permission requirements, February 2018)

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  & professional survey completed, December 2017; garden planning, February/March 2018; front garden construction completed September, 2018; rear garden construction currently on hold)

Garden upgrade for suburban home in Dunblane – completed

(clients have lived in their home for many years & need inspiration to improve their rear garden; commission accepted and professional survey completed October 2017; plans agreed; contractor estimate accepted; garden built February/March 2018)

Consultation advice for garden in Kinross – completed

(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;  new borders created February 2018; planting design & implementation April/May 2018)

Enclosed rear garden in Kinross – completed

(garden redesign needed following large house extension; commission accepted August 2017; design accepted September 2017; contractor estimate accepted November 2017; build December 2017/January 2018; planting design February 2018; garden planted June 2018)

Garden for listed property in East Fife – completed

(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;  contractor appointed, December 2017; build complete spring 2018;  structural planting plan completed and plants installed summer 2018)

Suburban garden with awkward level changes in Falkirk – completed

(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 ; garden constructed in  January 2018;  planting design February 2018; garden planted May 2018)

Rural cottage in Perthshire – completed

(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 spring/summer 2018)

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

(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)

Steeply sloping garden in Aberdour – completed

(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 autumn, 2017)

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

(see blog for more details)