An abundance of garden design choices – how do you find out about the garden ideas that are right for you?
AAre you thinking about maybe having your garden or landscape designed? Then, now is the time to engage a garden designer.
We often hear about clients having trouble with knowing where to start. There is an abundance of possibilities to discover and hundreds of choices to make, not only in regards to plants, materials and features. Should you go for an easy care garden or are there ways through which you can enjoy a lush and abundant planting scheme while still keeping it fairly low maintenance? How important is a lawn, or are there ways to have a lawn without using grass types that have to be mown all the time? And even if you have chosen your favourite plants, how is everything put together – how do you compose a garden?
There are many practical things to consider too: which plants should stay or could be transplanted, sun or shade tolerance of new plants, the soil type, growth habits and a plant’s size in two or three years time.
To make your garden interesting a thoughtful layout is needed, but: which plant will need how much space and what is the right width of paths; which material is right for their surface? How and when will they be set up? What about the lighting, water supply and irrigation system – and the final care? Will you find a gardener who is skilled enough to care for the new garden? Wouldn’t a manual be practical, which tells your gardener about how exactly to care for those valuable exotic plants? What about tender plants during the winter?
Ultimately a garden can be a large investment, so money should be spent on the right plants and on materials and surfaces which will work and bring you joy for a long time.
Garden design is not an easy thing
We may all have grown up in gardens. We may all have planted or transplanted something. But the truth is, garden design is not an easy thing. Unless you are a designer and keen hobby gardener yourself it will be difficult to develop a garden design that works – and this in the long run.
Of course there is always the choice for a very special ultra high-end bespoke exterior design, which we will be happy to offer you. But gardens don’t always have to showcase various luxury exterior features to be beautiful and they shouldn’t start with it. The starting point should be much simpler of course. Sometimes it is more about the layout and about the right choice of plants, which don’t always have to be local, as long as they work in the specific climate.
So our starting point is always to find out which plants and materials, colours and shapes you like and more importantly: what purposes your garden will serve.
How do you find out what kind of garden you like?
There are no set rules. It’s a process that simply has to be started. Send us any information or picture you think might express what you like in gardens. If you can’t say what you like already, you might want to start with writing down what you dislike; sometimes that’s easier.
- Maybe you don’t like that so many gardens on the French riviera look the same?
- Perhaps you dislike the fact that there seems to be a very limited palette of plants?
- Maybe your gardener tells you that only certain things grow on the French Riviera?
- Maybe you need screening for your privacy but dislike hedges?
- Perhaps you like lawns but fear the high maintenance costs?
How do we get inspired to make your garden design?
Our creatice process has grown over many years and is all but easily explained. Basically nature in all its abundance is an important inspiration for us, as is the history of gardens. Moreover, there are books that we read and conversations that we enjoy that push us ahead. But in order to create a truly personal design for you it is equally important to get inspirations from your house’s style, forms or decoration details. In the end your garden should fit your life’s and interior style perfectly.
We also like to experiment with various solutions for different layouts and colour schemes. A theme for a garden we design can come from the light at a certain time of the day, or from certain plant types that are already present, from certain stylistic properties of of your house, from individual plants or even from rocks. Sometimes the condition underneath certain trees dominates the necessity for certain design decisions. Of course inspirations can come from historical examples, colours, artworks, or your grounds’ ondulations and terraces, it can even come from a thought or from a region’s style.
Here are just two examples how to get started.
How to start with a classic or traditional garden
Making a traditional garden could be about restoring an old gem that has overgrown for decades, just as if you restored an old mansion. This would mean to first sort out the aged and highly treasured “plant material” – old trees and shrubs maybe, or structures like old dry stone stair cases, and make them all stand out again to restore their pride and beauty. Here the creative approach would be about respecting the existing and center more around restoring what is already there, maybe carefully completing it again.
How to start with a contemporary garden
Making a contemporary garden on the other hand, maybe from a piece of barren land, gives you the full potential to choose from whatever function, feeling and style you like. This is not an easy thing to do either. Maybe this time we would start with sorting out any functionalities that could be needed or even inspire you with new ones. We would mobilise our creative approach around inventive combinations of materials, new shapes and maybe a set of custommade garden features and exterior designs.
Sometimes we start with a layout and continue with the plant choice, and sometimes we start with structures and features and only then come up with ideas for an inventive planting plan.