The Concept Sketch. The process of coming up with a concept sketch includes addressing any challenges in the garden, and placing everything (or as much as possible) from your brief. It’s important at this stage to ensure that dominant elements such as pergolas or patios are in proportion to the house and the garden, and that the garden is in balance. In this case study, a beautiful, large Cotinus coggygria (Smoke bush) drew the eye over towards it, and so a balancing structure was added – the walkway pergola, and a focal point to draw the eye towards the end of the garden completed the concept.
Adding Colour and Detail. The concept sketch is used to enable the customer to visualise the new design, before it’s signed off and the final design is completed. Colour is also really important in the planting, establishing mood and rhythm (with repeated plants) and drawing the eye to different parts at different times of year. For this concept the planting was only a suggestion, but colours that complemented the current tree – a vibrant reddish-purple – were used to draw the garden together.