Testimonials from our clients

Here’s what our clients think of our service – in their own words.

Lush planting style

Many local garden designers appeared to be showcasing traditional garden designs on their websites, which was not what we were looking for. Lush Garden Design stood out with modern and individual garden designs.

Our biggest concern was that the designer would not listen to what we were looking for and instead do what they thought was best. The initial meeting was reassuring as Anna listened to our ideas and expectations. It was helpful that Anna compiled a checklist of things we would like to include in the design as this helped to clarify our own ideas.

It was helpful to be given a schedule of how the design process would proceed and when payments were required so we knew what to expect and when. Samples of materials were also helpful and inspired us to think about suitable alternatives and colours etc.

The images were excellent for visualising the final design, especially the 3D versions. The planting proceeded very quickly and gave an instant impact, which was very impressive.

We’ve recommended Lush Garden Design already on several occasions. We are delighted with our garden and many others have told us how special it is.

Martin C – Loughborough, Leicestershire

new build garden by lush garden design

We’d not long moved into a new house. The garden here was typical of a modern build – a square pen with four fences, a shed, a lawn and some slabs. It was a blank slate, and we wanted to turn it into a garden. We’d kicked around a few loose ideas ourselves, but nothing stuck or captivated us. We were in a position where we had a bit of money to spend in the garden, so we decided to look for a local garden designer to see how they could help us move forward.

We didn’t have any worries beforehand, only curiosity. I’d initially got in touch with Anna, who sent me a comprehensive email to set out expectations upfront. Honestly, we weren’t prepared when we understood the cost of what would be involved. Therefore it took us another year before we got back in touch with Anna again, with more budget. It wasn’t a straightforward decision for us to invest that amount, but over time we felt we wanted a great result and didn’t want to have to compromise the design or quality by trying to save on cost.

It’s been a good experience, from the initial design sessions through to the planting and advice. Everyone we’ve met has been knowledgeable, helpful and polite.

We were listened to in our first design and ideas session, and from that point, we just trusted Anna to do what she’s good at. The planting was well organised and implemented, and tidied up afterwards. We were very hands-off and just enjoyed watching it all happen throughout the whole process.

We most liked the initial virtual 3D design, showing the planned garden from different angles. This helped us to visualise how the garden would look. Now that it’s completed, and looking back at the 3D design, it is a very close match to the original vision.

I value that I can drop Anna a line, and she’ll just answer my random garden questions or pop round to look at any concerns. I trust that if I have a problem, she’ll help. Just because the design is now complete, doesn’t mean we’re no longer in touch from time to time, and as we’re not hugely experienced gardeners, that’s important to us.

I’d recommend using Lush Garden Design because we like the team, enjoyed the process, and we’re very happy with our new garden. We absolutely could not have got a result anywhere near this good without you.

Adam F – Woodville, Derbyshire

Lush Garden Design Updating a Mature Garden

We had an old-fashioned garden, which we loved, but had become quite overgrown and not very easy to “live” in or maintain. We wanted a garden designer with knowledge, imagination and vision, to retain some of the original beauty of the old garden but make it a more usable space with more ease of maintenance.

Some friends had had their garden “redesigned” but we found it to be very contrived; we were concerned about whether our own ideas would be taken into account and followed through to the end design; we were also concerned that the garden service might be very expensive.

We were delighted from the very first meeting – Anna put us at ease and was interested in getting to know us as people before we ever talked about plants. She listened well, as much of what we told her in this first meeting she managed to incorporate into the final design. Waiting for the plans was very exciting and the large colour plans were very helpful in getting us to visualise the finished garden.

Anna didn’t just design our garden – she designed our garden for us, taking into account our ideas but also using her imagination and experience to transform it into a beautiful space.

Anna helped us by suggesting various companies who we could approach for quotes for the work; also she came back to do the actual planting, firstly of the plants she suggested in the plan and later to plant a wonderful abundance of bulbs – we would never have been able to do this so effectively.

We would recommend Lush Garden Design for friendly and personal service and imaginative design which has given us an enchanting new outdoor living space.

Two years on, we continue to love Anna’s design and delight in seeing the garden change through the seasons. Looking after our garden has changed from being a chore to a delight.

Linda C – Duffield, Derbyshire

School House rear garden, design by Lush Garden Design

Lush Garden Design both designed and planted our wonderful new garden and I would not hesitate in recommending them to others.

Anna spent the time and effort upfront to understand what we liked, wanted and didn’t want in our new garden and came up with some fabulous, creative designs which we worked with her to finalise.

Once the designs were finalised, Anna created a detailed specification of the hard landscaping work required and helped us to appoint a suitable contractor to perform the work to our satisfaction. Anna’s time, energy and commitment to ensure the contractor carried out the work to the required standard was impressive and undoubtedly added enormous value to the project.

Anna personally planted all of the soft landscaping which was no mean feat, sometimes in appalling weather conditions! She carried out the overall project to plan; both on time and on budget and without doubt to the standards promised and agreed.

The end result is a credit to Anna and her team and we are delighted. The garden speaks for itself and every time we go into it we see another new colour or flower emerging. This is a large garden and Anna had to start from scratch with both the design and planting. There was very little to start with and her vision and ability to create a wonderful, outdoor space for us is a rare skill.

She has been excellent to work with, always willing to give her time and opinion and has stayed in touch to ensure that we remain satisfied with our new garden.

Rob J – Griffydam, Leicestershire

layered textural garden in Ashby de la Zouch, designed by Lush Garden Design

I viewed your website and saw the quality and diversity of your approach. I wasn’t looking for a ‘one size fits all’ standard design. I was looking for flair.

I particularly appreciated your creativity and attentiveness. I always felt that when in a discussion I was the most important client, though knowing there were many others.

I’m truly delighted – the garden adds so much to my life!

Gerry M – Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire

You wouldn’t build a house without a plan, so why neglect the garden. Thank you for designing a small sanctuary in which to escape and restore a tired soul.

Victoria L – Littleover, Derbyshire

Thank you for all your creativity and expertise with the garden. It looks fantastic and we both love the hard landscaping and the planting. It’s quite a transformation. It is more beautiful than we ever could have imagined and I have no doubt that we will love it for many years to come.

Liz B – Leicester

Herbaceous planting scheme by Lush Garden Design

Anna has been the inspiration behind us renovating our garden. Her designs, advice and implementation have been inspiring and she has been willing to work at our pace and budget without no pressure selling.

She has also been patient and knowledgeable in offering advice and guidance to a novice gardener trying to learn new skills. When implementing the project, her work effort is awesome. An inspirational designer, contractor and businesswoman.

Allen G – Packington, Leicestershire

We have had great pleasure watching the garden change, season by season, and your brilliant planting has ensured that there is always something of interest in the borders, which is exactly what we wanted. Lots of people have admired it and some have even taken notes and copied parts of it in their gardens.

Gill S – Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire

We are so pleased we went with your design – with your skill and encouragement from the start making all the difference.

Louise S – Ashbourne, Derbyshire

Our garden was totally overgrown. We wanted a more manageable & contemporary space but we weren’t sure quite what to do with it.

Our biggest worry about taking on a garden designer was the cost.

Anna was very friendly. She listened to our likes & dislikes regarding initial planning and was happy to alter things with the design & work with us to change things. She fitted in with our plans regarding the planting even though our timing wasn’t ideal.

Anna’s service felt personal – she tried to build a picture of us as clients & then to tailor the design to our likes & needs.

We love the planting choices – in particular working with our existing plants & adding to them. We appreciated the option to do part of it at a time if required & the flexibility to change things during the process.

Andrea M – Leicester

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