Ongoing Garden & Planting Design Projects in 2019

Planting design for a rural garden in Blairhoyle

(existing client is gifting planting design advice to her daughter who has recently moved into her first home with garden; planting plans plus maintenance advice will be provided for this novice gardener; March 2019)

Planting design for small garden in Auchterarder

(new gardener requested consultation visit to advise on planting to enhance his small garden; recommendations along with plant maintenance advice will be provided for small ground level borders and raised beds; March 2019)

Planting design for rural property in Perthshire

(client is in the process of renovating an old farmhouse and needs both planting advice for existing planting areas plus design advice for a new kitchen garden on an ongoing consultancy basis; March 2019) 

Steading development garden in Kinross-shire

(clients have recently moved into a rural steady development with small sloping gardens at front and rear laid to grass; drainage and wind are issues and new seating areas area needed to capture the long views and sunsets; easy care planting for a long season of interest also requested; commission accepted and awaiting survey, March 2019) 

Sloping rural garden outside St Andrews

(recently retired clients need help with design and planting for a ‘blank canvas’ garden that slopes down towards the rear of the house; wind protection and drainage issues are high on the agenda, along with provision of seating areas to capture the long views and planting to provide interest throughout the seasons; commission accepted; survey completed; awaiting design work, March 2019)

Small gardens around new-build home in Kinross

(existing client has moved house and would like an interesting, but easily managed garden on an unexpectedly sloping site; concept plans for an assumed flat garden have been redesigned to cope with the level changes needed to create useable flat areas in a 10 x 12 m garden area; awaiting contractor estimate, March 2019)

New-built home on woodland site outside Muckhart

(clients are building a new home in an established mixed woodland and need help with landscape design and eventual garden developement/planting; commission accepted December 2018; awaiting completion of house build before proceeding further in spring 2019)

Very small garden in Dunfermline

(existing client gifted garden design with planting recommendations to her sister-in-law; design recommendations for a DIY built provided in January 2019 with planting recommendations to follow later in the year)

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; planning completed – awaiting contractor estimate March 2019)

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 – completed 2019

(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  completed March 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 in 2019)

Layout & planting design for 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)

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; planting design planned for spring 2019)

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 constructed over winter 2018/19; planting design underway, March 2019)

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)

New off-grid rural home in Perthshire hills

(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; awaiting construction before further landscape planning needed)

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 but some planting recommendations requested spring 2019)

Project facilitation for Japanese garden build in conjunction with Japanese Garden Society (Scotland) (2013)

(see blog for more details)