Planting Design

About This Project

The Brief

Our clients had recently moved into a newbuild house. They have an unsightly and awkward bank to the rear of the garden and an area of ‘mud’ which is inherited with most new build gardens. They also required some planting advice for their front garden. Our client wanted to create a garden which was sociable but one in which they would not spend all their spare time maintaining the plants.

Type of property

A newbuild detached chalet bungalow situated in a cul-de-sac located in Beccles.


The front garden is small and partitioned by a boundary fence. The lawn in front of the fence is of poor quality due to a wide haunch holding the road kerbs in place.

The back garden is of a medium size for the size of house. The is an existing small patio and path to the garage and side of house. A steep bank is located to the rear of the garden, this is retained by a timber sleeper wall. The rest of the garden has not been landscaped.

Problem areas

The biggest issue in the back garden is the steep bank. There are existing ‘ladders’ laid on the ground but these aren’t to be relied on for regular maintenance to the proposed planting. Consideration would need to be made for the planting of the proposed plants and future maintenance of them.


Being a newbuild garden we had blank canvas to work from.

Designed layout

A planting plan was created for the front and back garden. This labelled plan detailed exactly where different species of plants are to be located and how many of each species is required. The planting in the back garden has been designed to create all year interest.

Favourite feature

The clients enjoy the minimal maintenance to the planting.

Who built the garden

This garden was designed using our garden design package Planting to Impress. The plants were supplies by us and planted by the client.

What our client says

“We moved into a brand new house in July 2017 and inherited smaller front and back Gardens than we had previously enjoyed. We decided to make the back garden a social area where we could sit and enjoy the garden rather than become slaves to it. The main challenge was a slate covered bands and retaining wall across the full width of the back garden.

We contacted Tapestry in the autumn and Katie very quickly arrived and trudged through the sticky, muddy garden area to inspect what we had. She asked a series of searching questions about what we wanted, types of plants we liked, colours, use of the garden, ease of maintenance and many more. She took account of the features we already had or were planning to incorporate and was determined to make sure she took our thoughts into account when proposing ideas.

A week or two later, a folder arrived with detailed plans showing where plants would be located and details of each plant with maintenance requirements etc. We were so impressed with the reflection of our thoughts and her ideas that we were very happy to accept her design.  We then ordered the plants through Katie and these duly arrived a few weeks later.  I then had the task of planting around 120 plants on the steep bank and just finished it in time for the harshest weather of the winter. I feared for many of the plants but only lost one which was very satisfying.  

Now in the midst of summer, the plants have grown, many have flowered and some are eagerly anticipated. We sit in the garden every day that the weather allows and enjoy the view.”

In addition to the bank, Katie’s also came up with a plan for planting two narrow strips of ground in the front garden with a simple but creative design using plants that I wouldn’t have thought of. Again we are delighted.

Katie also provided some advice for planting large containers on the patio area which again we followed.

Although these were small projects for Tapestry, our new garden was very important to us and we were always treated as an important customer with superb care and attention throughout.

I can not recommend Tapestry and Katie enough and am certain that she would repay the trust any customer put in her as she did for us.

Graham and Sally

Garden Design
Planting Design