The Design Process

From concept to completion

Painted Fern can offer a range of services dependent on your requirements. Whether it's a full garden redesign, a smaller project or a border makeover, every garden is unique along with the design created for it, but the steps to reach that completed garden will follow the same process below.

1. Site Inventory and Brief

Meeting onsite for a face to face consultation and completing a detailed questionnaire with you to ascertain your needs, likes and dislikes and the property setting, will begin the design process. Gauging how much time you have for maintenance regimes that suit your lifestyle is also helpful at this stage. This consultation can take between 1 -2 hours. Photos, measurements, aspect, level changes and soil type also need to be recorded onsite at this stage. This is a detailed process and can take a further two hours.

2. Presentation Plan

The Presentation Plan communicates the idea of how the final garden will look based on the initial consultation. The design will take you through how you will use the space and enrich your lifestyle. As some clients find flat plans hard to envisage supplementary mood boards, visual concepts or written rationale will also be supplied to convey the ideas where necessary. Refinement of the presentation plan is a two way process to ensure the client is entirely happy whilst not compromising on the design.

3. Planting Plan

On signoff of the Presentation Plan, the Planting Plan can be commenced. This will set the colour scheme for the space and highlight key features of the planting such as structure, flowers, foliage and form. Location, spacing and the number of new plants are detailed along with any retained planting based upon your soil type and aspect and of course your personal tastes.

This plan will also include the botanical names, quantities and sizes to enable them to be costed. Certain plants such as bare-root, bulbs or aquatic plants are only available at particular times of the year. This information will appear on the planting plan. This is completed in such a way that you are able to either source the plants yourself or use Painted Fern to obtain them.

4. Construction Plan

On approval of the Presentation Plan, this Construction Plan is then drawn from which the new garden will normally be set out and constructed. It will enable a landscaper to cost hard landscaping elements and then build the garden, detailing materials and dimensions.


5. Project Management

We offer a project management service to oversee either your own landscaping contractor or one of our recommendations to manage the construction of the garden. This will involve regular site visits, inspecting the quality of work, ensuring all parties are continually kept up to date and that all work meets the requirements of the client and our drawn plans.

6. Maintenance Plan

A suggested maintenance plan can be created to enable you to care for your plants to ensure they flourish in your new garden or existing garden. For those with little or no gardening knowledge, being left with a beautiful garden to care for can seem daunting. The maintenance plan will list and detail the tasks that need to be carried out throughout the year such as weeding, feeding, mulching, along with fact sheets on specific areas such as pruning, dealing with pests and lawn maintenance. Everything you should need to nurture your garden. We would recommend a follow up vist is scheduled in 12 - 18 months after the garden is completed, to ensure planting and hard landscaping are working for you as a client and assess that it is fulfilling the design brief.