Thinking about re-landscaping your garden?

What should you consider?


They say gardening is a form of hope. You plant tiny seeds in the absolute faith that something will eventually grow. No garden design is ever finished. Plants fail, tastes change & the British weather is always unpredictable.

Site evaluation:

The first step in designing a garden is an honest evaluation of the chosen site. Soil condition, light aspect, imposing structures or features, privacy and use, will all have to be evaluated in order to provide a working solution. Most importantly the style and age of the property must also be accounted for in order for a complementary design.


Understanding the approach of creating a workable ‘outside room’ and the demand for more practical and creative spaces at home or at work is key. Your garden space has to be particular to your own, or your families requirements.


You don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a great garden, but it is very easy to get carried away. If you’re not great at budgeting in any other aspect of your life you are not going to change your habit in the garden, but you need to determine what you can reasonably expect to spend.


Garden design doesn’t have to be put down on paper, but at the very least you will need a clear idea of what you want your garden to look like, and a realistic view of what is possible within your budget.

Focal points:

The purpose of a garden focal point is to bring the garden into focus. What may start out as just a grouping of plants is given definition by a focal point. Viewers instantly know where to bring their attention.

Hard Landcaping:

Hard landscaping, includes everything except for the plants and earth, and is a fundamental ingredient in the design of your garden. The materials used are what will set your garden apart and provide a sense of structure and personality, connecting all the planting and working areas that give your space its unique feel.

Soft Landscaping:

The real beauty of a garden design or space is never truly appreciated until the installation of soft landscaping materials, including herbaceous and perennial plants, trees, shrubs, soil or turf. Soft landscaping will bring a garden to life and should be done correctly to incorporate design principles of texture, movement, height, structure, colour, being beneficial to wildlife and providing seasonal interest!

Garden makeovers:

Making over a garden can become necessary when the garden becomes overgrown or when site conditions, like lighting, change. Sometimes gardeners simply want to try creating a new garden.

Small spaces:

A good site assessment is vital to any garden design. When creating a small garden, every space is important. Where to put the garden, how large to make it and the choice of plants all must be thought through clearly in order for the finished product to work.

If you need advice or help in any of these areas, or if you need someone to construct and bring to life your own ideas, then please contact MDC Landscapes Ltd.

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