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Garden Designer

Designing your own garden is really fun and fulfilling, but getting the help of an expert can be invaluable for your continued satisfaction with your outdoor space. Designers will help you to make the most of your space so you can use your garden the way you want. Find out how garden designers could help you and how they calculate their costs.

How much does a garden designer cost?

The cost of a garden designer depends on what you need from them. A simple garden plan could cost under £1,000, but a design project including construction could cost up to £100,000. Generic estimates are impossible to calculate. However, to see what you can expect to be charged, you can refer to our handy table below. These prices don’t include VAT.

Cost type


Per square metre£30 - £150
Per hour£50 - £200
Percentage of the work to be done5-15%
Per day (for the design)£250 - £750
Purely the design and planning - not including implementation £500 - £1,800
Overall price£5,000 - £50,000

For a simple design and build in an average sized garden, a rough estimate could fall anywhere between £5,000 and £7,000. Anything beyond that, including features and other add-ons, will push the price past £10,000.

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Find the best price for local garden designers

It is understandable to be reticent to invest in a gorgeous garden design, but it is as sound an investment as putting in a new kitchen or bathroom since a great garden will really increase the value of your home. Sound investments are made with the best information, and you will get this by comparing quotes. Our no-obligation quote request form won’t take you more than a couple of minutes to complete. Look through the quotes to find your perfect garden designer.

What does a garden designer do?

A garden designer creates gardens according to the client’s specifications. Their job is similar to that of a landscape designer, but more concentrated on the flora. They will create the plans for garden layouts and planting. Garden designers also manage garden construction projects. They may even design small features for the garden like pergolas. Garden design is not just about plants.

A good garden designer will enable your landscaper to do a better job by providing a detailed plan and possibly a 3D rendering of your future garden. The landscape designer will be able to provide more accurate time and cost estimates with such a plan in hand. A garden designer is to a landscaper as an architect is to a builder.

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Here are the things a garden designer can do for you:

  • Discuss your ideas, desires and current situation with you
  • Give you a quote for the design project
  • Gather information about your site
  • Produce a diagram, sketch and then master plan of the design in consultation with you
  • Manage the construction part (selecting a contractor for instance)
  • Oversee the construction according to the plans
  • Provide a planting plan
  • “Soft landscaping” – turfing, sourcing and planting
  • Provide “aftercare” services (support and information on how to care for your new garden)

Why hire a garden designer?

There are so many reasons to hire a professional garden designer, but here are just a few:

  • Peace of mind

You don’t even have to go the whole hog and have them completely redesign your garden – they can also offer basic advice at a reduced fee. Before asking for a consultation visit, though, check to see what the cost of that might be. You will also be able to avoid the hassle of deciding which plants and which materials will go best since garden designers will help you with that and even be able to save you money here and thereby choosing wisely.

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  • Expertise

Not only do garden designers know tons about plants, construction materials, garden use and experience, but they will also be able to choose and oversee trusted contractors. This is why finding a garden designer you trust is crucial to your redesign since they can really offer a lot throughout the whole process. However, you have to feel secure that they have your best interests in mind. They will ensure the materials and plants you choose work in complete harmony, extending the satisfaction you will get from your garden for years to come.

  • Increased satisfaction

Imagine a garden you could enjoy year-round, with beauty and colour at every turn. This is something a garden designer can provide, and is invaluable for those who haven’t been able to enjoy their garden fully for years. It is also useful to know that garden designers will avoid costly mistakes that an amateur could make, and although many people want to “DIY” their garden design, having some expert guidance could be invaluable in the satisfaction you yield from your garden.

Topics to cover with your garden designer

In the process of deciding what your new garden will look like and who will be designing it for you, it is very beneficial to consider the wide range of questions your garden designer will most likely ask you. To prepare for this in the best way possible, think long and hard about the following things:

  • Who will be using the garden on a regular basis?
  • For what purposes?
  • Do any of these users have mobility issues?
  • What do you not like about your current garden?
  • What do you want to keep that you like about your garden?
  • Which style or aesthetic do you want to achieve?
  • Do you have any favorite plants you’d like to include?
  • Are there any particular requirements you have with regards to plants?
  • What materials would you like to use?
  • Do you require lighting, furniture, irrigation or other features?
  • Do you have requirements such as a vegetable patch, a flower cutting garden, a sun terrace, fruit trees, a greenhouse, tool shed or other special elements?
  • What is your budget for the build and for maintenance of the completed work?
  • How do you calculate your costs?

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Start discussing your new garden today

Getting in touch with qualified experts could totally change your perspective on your new garden, so choose your garden designer wisely. Compare trusted local professionals who know your area best. Take a couple of minutes to fill out our e-form and get up to 5 quotes within a couple of days! This will ensure you get the best deal and most peace of mind out of the garden design process.