Gardens can be pretty costly these days – Horticultural Week says in the UK around 4.9 billion pounds per year is spent. In the USA, Garden Research report people spend 47.8 billion dollars!

So why isn’t the world full of amazing gardens?


It’s not how much money you spend on your garden that makes the REAL difference…

Obviously, there is a minimum you’ll need to spend, which will depend on:

  • where you are
  • what you’re building
  • what size garden you have

But once those costs are factored in, spending more than the basic amount won’t help, unless you…

Do the one thing that most people don’t!

When it comes to gardens, at best, most people just ‘Dream It & Do It’.

At worst, they skip straight to the ‘Do It’ part!

But if you want success and a gorgeous garden there’s a VITAL step you must do in the middle…

Before & After Design

Dream It, DESIGN IT, Do It!

Why is design so important?

Very few of us can visualise.

Even fewer can do it effectively.

Even Professional Landscapers Get Gardens Wrong Without A Design!

The garden at the very top of this page is glorious, isn’t it?

Here are a few more images of it… But can you spot the slight faux pas with the formal pond?

As beautiful as it is, a lot of the key elements don’t line up – something that is vital in gardens, especially formal ones…

The leaf fountain centrepiece doesn’t line up with the path or benches, making the pond appear lopsided.

Now, this garden is so beautiful that it doesn’t detract too much.

It’s also highly likely that on this occasion a lot the main elements were already in place because the area used to be a tennis court, so it probably wasn’t possible for the designer to line things up properly.


If a garden is put on paper at the outset, these kinds of mistakes don’t happen. Getting the big picture view enables you to see what’s not working before you spend time and money building the garden.

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Rachel Mathews
Rachel Mathews

Professional international garden designer for over 30 years. My mission is to de-mystify garden design and make it easy for people to successfully design their own garden - without needing to spend a fortune!

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