A vital element in creating your garden lies in developing a planting plan that considers not just the immediate impact of the garden, but also takes account of future developments and requirements as the garden matures.

Trees are particularly relevant. Depending on the variety of tree, one that is small now may grow significantly over the years and end up dominating a garden, blocking off light or a good view and causing root damage to building foundations or ponds. So we take great care to plan well ahead when suggesting specific trees and their locations.

Much the same applies to shrubs. We take care to recommend shrubs that fit the garden efficiently in terms of potential future height, spread and scale, especially key structural plants. We also pay careful attention to many other factors such as colour, leaf shape, texture, the effect on nearby planting, and so on.

Judicious tree surgery and pruning can be used to control the future growth of trees, shrubs and hedges. But sometimes, the only way to tackle problem areas in existing planting is to remove selected trees or shrubs and replant.

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