Garden Design

garden-designDesign Concept

The initial stage of the garden design process is about creating a design concept that suits your personal style and requirements. Julian Tatlock Landscape Design will work through a Design Brief with you, which will help us to identify what you want and need from your new garden. The Design Brief addresses three key areas: functionality, aesthetics and budget.


It’s important for us to know how you want to use your garden. Some people love entertaining guests; a young family may require a safe garden to run around while others may prefer a relaxing, private space.

Your garden’s functionality will decide what features it will include. You might want, for example, an outdoor office, large lawn, water feature or somewhere to house your pots. Whatever your requirements, we will work them into a design concept that suits your style and budget.


In the Design Brief we will discuss the inspiration for the look and feel of your garden, which comes from a number of different sources:

  • The style and architecture of your house
  • The interior design of your house
  • Your lifestyle and personality
  • Your artistic tastes
  • Your preferred plants, planting styles and colours
  • Your preferred style of garden

No two gardens are the same, of course. By working through your influences we will find your garden’s unique creative direction, and this will guide the rest of the garden design process.


Every garden we design is carefully fitted to the client’s budget, and we’ll discuss yours in the Design Brief. When the final design is presented to you it will come with a comprehensive schedule of costs, ensuring that there are no unexpected expenses.


Site Survey

Before we begin to draw up designs for your garden, the Julian Tatlock Landscape Design team will carry out a thorough site survey. We’ll measure the precise boundaries of your garden, charting the topography, recording the existing buildings and natural features and assessing any soil, weather or ground conditions that may influence the design.


Design Presentation

Your garden design will evolve over several stages and by encouraging you at each stage to input your thoughts and ideas we aim to articulate your requirements.

As part of this process we will present to you an initital set of scaled drawings, which will outline our design proposals, including details on the proposed planting, materials, finishes and lighting layout. If the design is relatively complex, we’ll also provide a 3D computer-generated visualization of the garden.

We’ll sit down with you and discuss these initial designs, explain our creative rationale and assess your first impressions. During this discussion the design tends to evolve; any revisions are made and finer details agreed upon on.

The Julian Tatlock Landscape Design team and I will then come back to you with a second set of more detailed design drawings, which will incorporate any revisions that have been agreed as well as a specification for the hard and soft landscaping areas and, where necessary, construction drawings and planting plans. At this stage we’ll also provide a comprehensive schedule of costs, which breaks the work down into sections and ensures there are no unexpected expenses.


Construction and Planting

Once your design has been finalized Julian Tatlock Landscape Design’s skilled team of ground workers, bricklayers, electricians, carpenters and qualified horticulturalists will begin the construction and planting of your garden. Your garden’s designer will supervise all the work, and make sure your project stays within budget and on schedule.


Garden Management and Ongoing Garden Advice

It’s important to ensure that your garden establishes well in the months and years after construction. Every garden is different, and we have tailored garden management programmes to meet all kinds of specific requirements. These could range from fortnightly visits during the growing season to twice-yearly visits in spring and autumn, depending on your garden type.

On these visits the Julian Tatlock Landscape Design team will assess the development of your garden and carry out any remedial work that needs to be done, such as pruning shrubs and trees, or supporting climbers as they mature.


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