A Practical Approach

Most of us don’t need a full scale garden design, but simply need to make areas of the garden to look better or the layout to work better. In the past you may have spent money on plants that simply haven’t liked your soil or the position. Sue is, first and foremost, a plantswoman and uses her expertise to advise customers on the ways to make the most of their outside space.

Consultation & Advice

If you want to make some changes to your garden but just don’t know where to start, Sue provides a consultation service. For example, making suggestions as to how the layout or planting could be changed to fit with your your desired look and feel, its location and in relation to the house and any other buildings. Importantly, Sue can suggest the plants which will suit your soil, aspect and the style of planting you like. And, crucially, she will take into consideration the maintenance requirement of any scheme and make sure it is a practical solution, tailored to you. A consultation can cost as little as £35.

Plant Sourcing & Selection

Once you and Sue have had a discussion about your garden and agreed on a plan of action, Sue will be able to suggest local firms, such as landscapers, who can do the work. Frequently, however, it is just the planting that needs sorting, in which case Sue can source and select choice plants on your behalf from local growers and nurserymen. Sue can often find plants that are a little unusual and sometimes a little cheaper than your local garden centre.

Very Hands On

You may of course want to do the planting yourself, or have a regular maintenance gardener who you want to involve in the makeover. If this is the case, Sue will place the plants ready for them to be planted, liaising with your own gardener. Alternatively, you can employ Sue to do the planting. This very hands on and practical approach allows the shuffling around of existing plants and therefore get the very best out of a revamped planting scheme or border layout. For this sorting and planting service you will pay just £18 per hour, only a little more than a regular maintenance gardener.

Areas of Expertise

Sue's first love was cottage gardens and she has an extensive knowledge of herbaceous perennials and their care. Sue has worked in some very grand gardens in the New Forest and so she has developed plenty of experience selecting shrubs for woodland and acid loving positions. Living by the sea for many years she has planted lots of seaside gardens. She loves using grasses and the slightly wilder look of prairie planting.

Sue Clayton

Sue trained in horticulture and design at Kingston Maurward College and was awarded the City & Guilds Award for Horticulture which was presented to her by HRH Prince Philip at Buckingham Palace. For many years she ran a garden design business as well as a garden maintenance company. During this time she worked on many gardens in Dorset, the New Forest and Hampshire coast. Gardens ranged in size from pocket handkerchief sized plots to mansions with several acres but in each one Sue’s expert horticultural knowledge allowed for the best plants to be chosen for the site and situation.

Getting in Touch

If you would like a free initial chat call Sue on 01202 479695, Opt 2 or send an email to with a few thoughts on what you had in mind and she will get back to you and let you know if she can help.

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