As a garden design firm we are involved solely with the design of the garden – rather than landscaping the garden – taking into account garden aspect, site conditions and planting requirements. We aim to create gardens with a sense of place, utilising our extensive knowledge of planting, materials and design. We recommend taking a look at our landscaping page for further details.
The garden design process includes a number of phases, starting with concept plans, which can number between 2 and 4 stages. Following this is the construction drawings phase, where we compile all the technical drawings and specification needed to build the garden. It can then take 2-3 weeks for landscapers to return quotes to build the garden. All in all, it may take 2-3 months before a landscape contractor is instructed to build the garden. The landscapers themselves will then often have a 3-month lead time, so it is best to start planning the garden for next spring. However, in exceptional circumstances, we are happy to consider ‘fast-tracking’ a garden design project.
Certain elements in a garden design will require planning, such as tennis courts, outbuildings that are not within permitted development, swimming pools within the grounds of a listed building/conservation area and large-scale works that come under engineering works. We are able to compile the relevant plans needed to clear planning conditions and also recommend employing the services of a planning consultant on larger scale projects.
The first thing on your list of requirements is likely to be a low-maintenance garden. With decades of experience in garden maintenance, we are well placed to design gardens with high impact, whilst keeping maintenance requirements to a minimum. However, there is no such thing as a NO-maintenance garden. With this in mind, we endeavour to match up our clients with dedicated and experienced gardeners. For those that wish to maintain their own gardens, we provide detailed maintenance schedules.
We have worked with other garden designers, but Rory is the best. He listens and also has creative and beautiful ideas. He offers several options and illustrates so you can visualize. He knows plants, and he knows how to get things done!
Working with Rory on the garden design and build of the garden has been a pleasure. The process was clearly laid out in stages from Consultation, Concept design, Preparation of the tender package, through to the Construction Monitoring and Planting.
A passionate garden designer who is extremely knowledgeable and gives sound practical advice. His ideas and designs fitted perfectly within the brief given. All plants purchased have thrived and have been good specimens. After care and attention to detail is excellent. I would not hesitate to recommend Rory Andrews Landscape Design for any project – large or small.
Rory has designed our garden and turned it into a haven of peace and tranquillity. He is a genuinely lovely guy to work with. He is professional, keeps his promises and is enormously helpful. My husband and I both live very busy lives and we needed someone who would understand what we were trying to achieve and translate it for us, whilst simultaneously pushing a few boundaries and making us think about our garden in a slightly different way. It has been a pleasure to work with him and he continues to make sure that the garden grows as it should. We would recommend him wholeheartedly and unreservedly to anyone wanting to landscape their garden.
Rory re-designed our garden three years ago. I found his advice most informed and professional. More to the point he was able to take my somewhat vague ideas and transform them into exactly what I was looking for! All with great charm and grace. He has since come to see us to check how the garden grows and add to the planting scheme. Always full of good advice. I would highly recommend Rory if you are looking for someone who is creative and can translate your dream into a reality. He has a very good knowledge of plants and what will work plus some excellent ideas for landscaping and making the most of your garden. We were thrilled and the positive feedback from our friends and guests says it all.