Plants aren’t expensive, but design mistakes are.

‘We tried to save money by designing our own garden, but it ended up costing us a fortune in lost plants that didn’t survive. How could you have prevented this if I came to you in the first place?’

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: ‘plants aren’t expensive, but design mistakes are’.

Here at The Garden Planners, we have witnessed too many homeowners who have tried to cut corners by buying cheap plants and not thinking about the overall functionality of their outdoor space. Unfortunately these homeowners ended up with plants that just weren’t suited to their environment and a garden design that didn’t match their lifestyle.

For the small investment of between $400 and $600 (compared to the cost of replacing plants that don’t survive) our experienced design team can create a beautiful, affordable and practical garden for you – first time around.

Here’s how it works

We begin every design process with a FREE onsite consultation including analysis of soil, drainage, climate conditions and existing vegetation. This is a critical step for successful plant selection and placement, and to fully understand the functionality of the house and the lifestyle of homeowners.

The next step is to make a list of your needs in order to determine how your outdoor space will be used and get a good feel for the garden style you desire.

Once we have all this information, we provide you with a professional landscape design that is to scale, in colour and easy to read. This electronic plan will detail all the hardscape and planting elements required, including quantities and species, for you to build and construct your dream garden, obtain quotes from contractors or submit to council if necessary.

The Garden Planners’ difference

Right plants in the right place

The most important element of a successful garden is to know what plants grow best where.

Selecting the wrong plants for the wrong locations can not only cost money, in loss of plants, but also cause potential long term problems such as tree roots growing into pipes, breaking concrete paths or disrupting house-foundation slabs.

Picking the right cultivar of plant species is also very important. Sometimes it isn’t as simple as just picking an ‘ornamental pear’, as there are dozens of different varieties, shapes and sizes. 

We ask our clients to talk to us about the type of plants they like and we provide them with realistic options for what will best suit their outdoor space.

Functional for your lifestyle

At The Garden Planners, we believe everyone deserves a garden that is not only beautiful but practical.

There is no point putting in a number of expensive flower beds if you have a dog that likes to dig, or large turfed areas if you don’t have time for lawn mowing.

We take the time to get to know your needs, and understand what is important, in order to prepare a design solution to fit your family.

Whether you need privacy from the neighbours, a large entertaining area or space for the kids to play, we will ensure you get the most value from your outdoor space.

Suited to your environment and climate

The variety of plants on the market today is overwhelming for the average homeowner. 

An inexperienced gardener can easily be enticed to purchase a plant because it looks pretty, and be influenced by clever marketing for products, with little knowledge of its origins or growing requirements.

Our team of experienced and knowledgeable horticulturalists can recommend plants that are suited to your climate to save you time, money and heartache.

Our detailed landscape designs also take into consideration how your garden will grow over time and we will show you how to structure your planting, with massing and layering techniques, to ensure your plants continue to thrive in their new micro climate.

Within your budget

Let’s face it, we all want the best but at what cost? With social media sites such as Pinterest, Houzz and Instagram it can be easy to get carried away and before you know it, you are dreaming of a garden well beyond your budget.

However, a beautiful garden doesn’t have to cost the earth and with a little forward planning and tricks of the trade, you can still have your dream garden without blowing the budget.

We work with you to set a budget and provide realistic options for affordable materials or advice on how to stage your project to achieve the ‘best’ garden to suit your individual needs.

To avoid costly mistakes and get your garden design right the first time around, contact Craig at The Garden Planners today on 0438 463 233.

October 7, 2017 Posted by in Advice, Blog

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