If you are thinking of getting your garden professionally designed this year, what should you be looking out for when choosing a landscape company? We ask Martin Neenan, General Manager at the award-winning Boningale Garden Creations for his advice and tips.

 What makes a good garden designer?

A good garden designer has to be in tune with the customer – and gaining trust is absolutely vital. This means spending hours with you to ascertain exactly how you want to use the garden and what it is you want to achieve. At this initial stage, they will go through existing features, talk about preferred styles, and, crucially, budget. It’s only when those details are sorted that the design can be created.

What should people look for if they want to use a garden design company?

Do some digging! Before signing on the dotted line, ask to speak to previous customers and check to see if it is a member of the Association of Professional Landscapers – this will give you added assurance of quality and guarantee of service.

Will they help us choose the best hard landscaping materials?

Materials are one of the most important components in the design (and budget) and with so many options, from slate, block paving and brick to concrete and gravel – not forgetting natural materials like hedging and trees – to choose from, it may feel overwhelming. A good company will advise on the pros and cons of each type of material taking into account the design brief, surrounding landscape as well as your home’s architectural style.

At Boningale we have a team of experts, from our award-winning garden design associates to our horticultural specialists and project management team, who will give you expert advice, every step of the way.