My full garden design package is a detailed and multi-stage process, where you will benefit from my expertise and experience at every step in the journey:



A new garden starts with ideas; you are sure to have a few, possibly many, but not sure where to start. It’s my job to listen to your thoughts, tastes and preferences, learn about your lifestyle and gain a deep understanding of what makes you and your household tick, and what your needs are for the space.


Firstly, we will speak on the phone so you can tell me how your garden is now, and how you want it to be. During the conversation I will get an idea of your desired outcome for the space and what is currently getting in the way of achieving that goal. I’ll explain my process and costs and we can then arrange a visit.


We will discuss your style and preferences to get a true sense of the vibe you’re after for the garden, and chat about lifestyle, so I can design a solution that not only looks and feels amazing, but also serves your needs and works perfectly for you and your family.



Using design principles of balance, simplicity, harmony and unity, I will explore various layouts until I find the best solution. A well designed garden contains focal points, seating areas, interest and framed views, with careful curation of elements to meet the brief and deliver the desired ambience.


First steps are to carry out a survey and site analysis, so I understand exactly what conditions we are working with. This can be arranged and carried out by a professional surveyor.  



Your new garden is designed and presented to you as a concept plan, showing annotated images, perspective drawings, plan views and a mood board to help you visualise the finished garden. Amendments can be discussed following this stage.


The agreed concept is drawn up and provided as a detailed, multiple page master plan, including accompanying construction specifications for contractors to work from, and will serve as planning application documents if needed.




















A detailed planting plan is prepared with an accompanying schedule showing quantities and sizes of plants, to facilitate ordering. Maintenance notes are included.


















Following the design stage, I will put together the right team to implement the plans and bring your garden to life. I will coordinate landscaping contractors and the required specialists to deliver your finished garden. I will monitor works with regular site visits, reports and daily liaison with contractors, so that the garden you’re dreaming of becomes a reality. Finally, plants will be sourced, supplied and placed for you, and arrangements can be made for planting and watering.

An image of a Concept Plan produced by Diana Marklew
An image of a Master Plan prepared by Diana Marklew
An image of a planting plan by Diana Marklew
An image of a Diana Marklew Garden Designgarden being implemented by the landscape contractor.