Garden Design: A Guide to Planning a New Landscaping Scheme

a garden design with an east asian theme was part of these renovators self build project
(Image credit: Jeremy Phillips)

Garden design is one of the biggest challenges facing anyone building a new home or undertaking a largescale renovation. After wrangling with endless internal design considerations, it’s easy to let fatigue tempt you into forgetting that a home’s garden is crucial to its visual impact and can add serious financial value.

Gardens serve a number of functions: they set the visual tone of your home; they are quite literally the first insight visitors have into your world; they have practical uses like car parking; they provide us with a place to relax and entertain visitors; and may even feature vegetable gardens to feed us. 

Paul is an award-winning landscape designer. An experienced designer, his diverse range of work has included everything from small courtyards to large country gardens, as well as public spaces, both in the UK and internationally.


He studied at The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, giving him the opportunity to learn about plants and plant habitats from some of the most knowledgeable and inspiring plantsmen in the world. He created his first show garden at Malvern Autumn Show in 2008, and has since created show gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show and Hampton Court, alongside being invited to exhibit internationally in United States, France, New Zealand, Japan and Australia. (In 2022, he designed The Brewin Dolphin Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show.) 


Since 2015, he has been a RHS Gardens Judge and chaired judging at all of the RHS Flower Shows including RHS Chelsea Flower Show. He has also worked with Marks & Spencer and Bradstone to create garden products, and has written for The Telegraph and Homebuilding & Renovating magazine.