Garden Design

Are you looking for gardening inspiration? Would you like some advice about choosing the best plants? Do you need help with identifying plants? Do you own a plant that needs a little care and attention?

Well look no further, we are here to help!

Our gardening experts are always on hand to provide advice and tips on choosing the right plants, positioning and caring for them once planted. However should you need more detailed assistance we have a number of services that may be of interest.

FREE Border Design

This free service is carried out by one of our hardy plant experts from our three garden centres. Following discussions with you we’ll draw a plan of your border with a plant list, as well as an estimate of the cost. We can also arrange to collect the plants together and deliver them to you with free delivery within 25 miles of our centres.

All we need from you is a sketch of the border with measurements to give us an idea of the shape, and the following information; aspect - which way it faces i.e north, south, east or west, sunny or shady, soil type - wet/dry, clay/loamy or sandy and your preferences of colour and style of planting. A photograph would be useful too.

Then leave it with us and we will design a planting plan for you.

This service is free of charge.

Plant Clinic

Should you have a plant that is struggling or that appears to have a pest or disease problem, then you can bring in a cutting for us and/or a digital photograph. A consultation with one of our plant experts will lead to the identification of the problem and a solution, which may be cultural, such as feeding, watering or pruning or it might require a treatment with a fungicide or insecticide. We also advise on organic solutions too if that’s your preference.


This service is free of charge.

Plant Identification

Our plant experts love the challenge of identifying plants that you may be unable to name. Just bring in a cutting and if possible a photograph for us with as much information as you can and we’ll endeavour to identify the plant.

This service is free of charge.

Garden Design and Consultancy Services

The Gardens Group works in conjunction with Angela Morley Garden Design - Angela is a plantswoman, designer and artist with an honours degree in horticulture from the University of Bath.

Garden Consultancy Visit 

A complete advisory service covering any aspect of your garden, whether it’s new or established. Time will be devoted to any gardening topic or problem you may wish to discuss. Your own particular requirements will be dealt with and advice will be given accordingly. A report will be compiled for you to use as a guide to the perfect garden.

This visit could also be the first stage in the design process and we can discuss your brief and explore ideas together. This takes place in your garden and may give you the direction you need to create your perfect garden alone, although you may want more detailed help in the form of concept sketches and or a detailed design.

The charge for this service is £75.00.

a) Concept Sketches

In response to the brief and garden survey a series of concept drawings are produced. These are small annotated drawings and form the basis for the final design. You may find these are enough to progress alone. In addition to the one-off £75 consultancy fee, prices tend to range from £250 to approximately £450 for a medium size garden.

b) Detailed Design

Concept sketches inform the detailed design, this is drawn up building in details and amendments arising from the concept sketches. The detailed design may include further drawings as required, for example planting plans, plant information notes, elevations and setting out plans. In addition to the one-off £75 consultancy, price depends upon the complexity and scale of the job, typically from £400 up to £2,000 plus for larger gardens.


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