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Planting design

Planting Design


Kym Valley Gardens Has worked on over 250 private and commercial gardens and 14 show gardens throughout East Anglia, East Midlands, South East England the Cotswolds and London, planting has played a big part in the design process. There are many different planting styles that we have implemented some of the most requested styles are listed below.


English Country Garden

Cottage Garden

Low Maintenance






There are too many planting styles to list but we are able to provide any style of planting that you require, whether your soil is dry, damp, acid, neutral or alkaline. Even if your garden is sunny or shady we are able to design your planting to suit the site. We are able to design hedging, tree planting, shelter belts or garden borders to suit your needs. Using either herbaceous plants, evergreen shrubs, grasses ferns and climbers we are able to design a stunning border planting design or a planting design for the entire garden to provide you all year round interest.





English Country Garden style is perhaps Britains biggest export it can be found worldwide, but some of the most beautiful gardens of this style are here in Britain. Perhaps the best example of this style can be found at Hidcote Manor in Warwickshire. Evergreen hedges enclose spaces into garden rooms, the hedges provide foils for long borders of herbaceous and shrub planting. Gates, steps and pavilions provide transitions from one room to another.



The Cottage garden is a style of garden found throughout the villages of Britain. Perhaps the high maintenance nature of this garden style is making this type of garden rarer today. Planting elements of the English Country garden are used more sparingly, to create gardens of box hedges, the odd piece of topiary with Roses, Clematis and Viburnum planted amongst the drifts of Hollyhocks, Foxgloves and Grannies Bonnet and Sweet Peas with the odd clump of Beetroot or Rhubarb to give that chocolate box feel of times gone by.



Architectural planting is perhaps more recent planting innovation and suits the more modern house and garden, striking displays created using mostly evergreen plants that include, Bamboo, Eriobotrya, Tree Ferns, Fatsia and Phormium, these can be underplanted using evergreen Ferns, Cannas and Rodgersia and Hostas. 



Planting plans are drawn up once the master plan has been completed and agreed, they are based on the position and size of the borders designed and the style of planting required to suit the soil conditions and aspect.


The plants are labelled with the quantities required in the position indicated and entered into a planting schedule which shows the plants name in Latin along with the total number of plants required and their size. This drawing can then used to order the plants and set them out in their correct positions.


And Build

Kym Valley Gardens are able to offer a full Garden Design And Build package, from survey through to planting, our award-winning team of designers are able to put you in touch with landscape teams that are very experienced in providing an efficient and seamless garden delivery.


With countless projects completed Kym Valley Gardens are the perfect choice to undertake your garden design and build project.

Planting Design



Kym Valley Gardens can project manage the entire garden build from design through to final completion, engaging landscape contractors, tree surgeons and other specialist trades if required. We are able to make regular site visits to check that the build is going as intended, we can also source all the Trees, Shrubs, and Herbaceous plants (from reputable growers and nurseries), then set out and plant all of the planting required to complete the scheme.


Good planting design adds the final flourish to a garden, planting will mature over time and will require the correct maintenance regime to ensure that the scheme reaches its full potential. Kym Valley Gardens are able to provide a plant maintenance schedule for use by you or by maintenance contractors which details the correct approach and at what time of year it should be done.  We are also able to make return visits to see how the garden is progressing and give further advice if needed. 



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