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  • Oscar Marsland-Roberts

A Complete Guide to Planning Your Dream Garden

Are you ready to transform your outdoor space into a beautiful oasis? Planning and designing your dream garden can be an exciting journey filled with creativity and inspiration. In this comprehensive guide, we'll walk you through each phase of the process, from initial consultation to the final reveal, providing expert tips and advice along the way.

Get Ready For Your Dream Garden

As one of the leading landscape design companies in West London embarking on a garden project with MRLandscapes ensures a thoughtful and meticulous approach to transforming your outdoor space. We begin by understanding the unique purpose of your garden, whether it’s a serene retreat for relaxation, a vibrant area for entertaining, or a bountiful plot for homegrown produce.


Recognizing your vision is crucial in guiding our design decisions.

Evaluate Your Gardens Current Condition

Our Process begins with a thorough evaluation of your garden’s current design and condition. We note existing elements like trees, pathways, and structures that could be harmoniously integrated into the new design. Natural aspects, including sunlight exposure, wind patterns, and soil quality, are assessed to determine the most suitable plants and materials for your garden.


We then proceed to draft a preliminary layout of your new garden design, either on paper or using advanced digital design tools. Precise measurements enable us to map out various sections, from flower beds and seating areas to walkways, providing a clear visual representation of how these elements will synergistically coexist.


Delving into the specifics, we focus on plant selection, aiming to create a tapestry of colours, textures, and heights that offer visual intrigue and diversity. Our expertise in local flora ensures that the plants we choose are not only aesthetically pleasing but also perfectly suited to your climate and soil conditions.

Mindful of aftercare requirements and garden maintenance, we select plants that align with your lifestyle commitment. Whether you prefer hands-on care or low-maintenance options, our selections are tailored to fit your needs.


Beyond flora, our garden designs often incorporate additional features to enhance the ambiance of your outdoor space. Be it a tranquil water feature or a cozy seating nook, we integrate these elements seamlessly into the garden, elevating the overall experience.


With the garden plan in place, we move forward with soil preparation, clearing unwanted vegetation, and meticulously planting your chosen flora. As your garden flourishes, we remain engaged, offering guidance and making adjustments to ensure its continual growth and evolution.


At MRLandscapes, we see garden design and planning as a truly positive journey. We encourage and support the change of your garden, inviting you to explore and refine your outdoor sanctuary over time, ensuring it remains a source of joy and fulfilment.

Garden Design and Planning Process

The garden design and planning process involves a series of steps that will help you create a perfectly functional outdoor space.


Here is a general outline of the process:


1. Assess your needs and goals for the garden design.

2.     Research and gather inspiration from various sources.

3.     Create a rough sketch or use a digital design tool.

4.     Finalise your garden design, considering the layout, materials, and plants.

5.     Develop a planting plan, taking into account sunlight requirements and plant


6.     Prepare the site, clearing any existing vegetation and making necessary adjustments

to the soil.

7.     Begin construction, following your design and planting plan.

8.     Regularly care for your garden, making adjustments as needed.

How Long Does It Take to Build a Garden?


The time it takes to build a garden can vary greatly depending on the size and complexity of the project, as well as any external factors such as weather conditions or contractor availability. It is important to allocate enough time for each stage of the process to ensure a smooth and successful project.


In general, the landscape planning and design phase can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months, depending on the extent of research and decision-making involved. Once we have gathered all the necessary information and you have made your choices, we can move on to the construction phase. The actual construction can range from a few weeks to several months, depending on the size of your garden and the scope and detail of the project.


Once the construction is complete, there is an ongoing aftercare phase where you will need to regularly tend to your garden, ensuring proper watering, weeding, and pruning to keep it looking its best. To support you in this, we provide comprehensive garden maintenance and aftercare packages.


In conclusion, the garden design and planning process is a creative and rewarding journey. By following these steps and adding your personal touch, we can create a beautiful and functional outdoor space that reflects your unique style and enhances your lifestyle. Whether you choose to embark on your garden project independently or enlist the help of professionals, remember that proper planning is the foundation for a successful and enjoyable garden. Take the time to research, visualize, and make informed decisions to create a space that is uniquely yours.

If you’re ready to turn your garden vision into a beautiful reality, contact us today to get started on your garden design journey. Our friendly design team is here to help you every step of the way.


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