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The Design Process

No two gardens are the same.
Sue Hayward offers a personal and friendly consultation and design service that aims to be flexible and meet the needs of the individual client.

Whether you have a small plot, part of a larger garden, or a large estate garden that you want redesigning or planting, Sue Hayward
will personally discuss your needs to make sure you get what you require from the design.

Garden designer Sue Hayward has helped a wide range of clients
to achieve the gardens they've always wanted. Guiding the client
from conception, through the design process, navigating the hard landscaping minefield, and finally through to the final plant selection, and planting.

From her design studio in Breaston, Derbyshire she hand-draws bespoke garden designs to scale, and now has the facilities to scan, print and email the designs directly to clients and/or landscapers in .jpeg or .pdf format, in sizes A1 to A4.
Clients also receive a hand drawn physical copy of the design by post.

If you have a project in mind and would like some honest and friendly advice as to how to proceed
please contact Sue Hayward on 01332 874 654 (office) - 07966 521 376 (mobile) - or E-mail:

*Due to the restrictions with Covid-19 our "single day garden consultation" service has had to be suspended at the moment.
Hopefully I will be able to offer this service again soon when the Government distancing regulations are lifted and I can spend a day in your home and garden.
In the meantime, if you have a small/medium sized garden, then Sue Hayward Garden Design can still offer cost effective ways to get a bespoke, hand drawn garden design.
Please contact Sue by email with some photos of your garden for details.

*Single Day Garden Design Consultations in Your Home.

Ideal for the smaller garden, new build, blank canvas or a tight budget.

Consists of a single day (8 Hour*) garden design consultation with Sue Hayward (includes a hand drawn sketch plan**).
This also makes a great gift!

Included in this package is:

  • A single day (8 hours*) of garden design ideas with garden designer Sue Hayward.
  • An on site assessment, a brief site survey, a draughted layout of the garden pinpointing design features and suggestions on planting if required.
  • Help on deciding which design principles and styles are suitable for your garden.
  • Viewing Sue Haywards design portfolio showing examples of current and previous client commission

At the end of the consultation (time permitting**) you will have a unique hand-drawn sketch that can be referred to as you transform your garden.

The amount of detail and annotation to the single day design service will be determined by the size and complexity of the garden and time constraints.The minimum charge is for 8 hours.
*Any work required that goes beyond 8 hours is charged at an hourly rate.

Please contact Sue Hayward Garden Design for further details about a 'Single Day Garden Design Consultation in Your Home.'

Telephone: Office: 01332 874 654 - Mobile: 07966 521 376 or E-mail:

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How to commission a Full Garden Design

This is suitable for gardens where:

  • The whole garden needs to be considered
  • There are several specific areas that need to be designed and incorporated into the main garden
  • The garden requires more design detailing or complicated levels

The first step to a full garden design is to arrange for an Initial Consultation (see above).
The consultation can be anything from 2 hours up to a full day depending on the size of the garden.

For large gardens it can be more cost effective to book a full day initial consultation so that a site survey and an initial concept plan can be started while on site.

The Process

  • A complete survey of the site including levels if required (complicated level surveys may incur extra labour costs).
  • An on site analysis.
  • A design proposal where alterations can be made and approved.
  • The completed annotated design drawn by hand to scale with colour if requested (extra charge for colour).

Recommended Add On Services
These are services that would be required for a landscaper to be able to cost and build the design.

  • Scope of Works
  • Construction Drawings
  • Setting Out Drawings
  • Planning Documentation
  • Project Monitoring

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The design costs will be broken down into stages and will depend on:

  • The size and complexity of the plot.
  • How detailed the design is to be.
  • Whether the design is to be a design and build plan.
  • What services are required.

For further details on services and fees along with Terms and Conditions

Telephone: Office: 01332 874 654 - Mobile: 07966 521 376 or



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Garden Design Gift Vouchers

The above 'Single Day Garden Design Consultation in Your Home' is also available to buy as a unique gift idea.

A gift voucher will be supplied to give to the recipient who can then arrange their consultation with garden designer Sue Hayward at their own convenience.

Please contact Sue Hayward Garden Design for further details.

Telephone: Office: 01332 874 654 - Mobile: 07966 521 376 or E-mail:

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Planting and Planting Plans

plantingSue Hayward can organise soft landscaping and planting with price scales to allow for your budget and the maturity and type of plants required.

Sue Hayward can plant up or arrange the planting of your entire garden or a specific area at a daily or hourly rate.
You may want to plant the garden yourself or just help so this service is very flexible.

The style of planting required and the area to be planted can be discussed in the form of a consultation (see above).

Planting plans are charged separately due to the time they can take to compile. Some clients may require just a planting plan for a specific border redesign.

If a full planting plan is not required then Sue Hayward can advise on the number, species and costs of the plants required then have them delivered to your door with the option of having them placed for you to plant up the garden yourself.

Soil Testing is available for Ph levels only or including nutrient analysis.

After-care schedules can also be drawn up if requested.

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Sue Hayward will try to work to the individual clients budget as much as possible at the design stage and advise you on the possible costs to get the garden built.

Sue Hayward can organise one estimate for the hard landscape work if you require it. This is usually done by a landscaper whose work Sue Hayward is familiar with and has used before.

Sue Hayward can supply extra copies of the design in order for the client to then approach other landscapers for quotations at their request.

Sue Hayward can oversee the project in order to ensure the landscapers work is in keeping with the integrity of the design. This service is charged for by the hour.

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Estimates can take time to produce and therefore are dependant on the landscapers availability during their busiest times.
This service is also dependant upon the size of the job to be done and the distances to travel. Further visits may incur extra costs.

Whilst suggestions for both landscape and lighting contractors can be given, all contracts will be exclusively between the client and the contractors.

Sue Hayward Garden Designs Ltd accepts no liability for contractors work



Sue Hayward works predominantly in the in the East Midlands, covering the Derby & Derbyshire, Nottingham & Nottinghamshire, Leicester & Leicestershire and East Staffordshire areas.

Sue Hayward works on interesting garden projects locally, nationally and abroad.

She has lectured on Garden Design at Nottingham Trent University and gives talks to local horticultural clubs and societies.

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Please contact Sue Hayward Garden Design to arrange for an initial consultation or if you require any further information or prices.

All photos, plans, drawings, and illustrations © Sue Hayward Garden Design.

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