Transform your garden into a wildlife-friendly green oasis with a climate-resilient naturalistic planting.

Is this you?

  • Are you tired of buying new plants from the garden centre every year, only to find that they look unattractive by August?
  • Does this happen even though you water your garden every other day and feed your plants regularly?
  • Would you like to do less, water less, buy less and still have something beautiful to look at all summer – and maybe even all winter?
  • Are you trying to create beautiful plant combinations, but the effect is not as good as you expected?
  • Do you have a difficult area in your garden where nothing seems to grow well?
  • Or do you simply want to refresh those flower beds that had their moment of glory a few years ago and are now overgrown, untidy or full of gaps?
  • Do you want your garden to benefit native pollinators?

Then you have come to the right place. Let me help you with a bespoke planting design tailored to your specific situation.

The benefits of plants in the garden

Our intimate emotional relationship with plants and the wildlife that live among them is the essence of what makes gardens so special. Naturalistic planting design brings an idealised image of nature into the garden. Native plants, which are an essential element of naturalistic planting, are vital for wild bees and other insects.

More nature with less work

Plants grow and change the character of the garden over the seasons and years. They compete for space, water and nutrients. Therefore the aim is to design a planting community that will evolve naturally and look good without constant intervention, whether you want a more cultivated or wilder look.

Plants that work magic

In naturalistic planting designs I mainly use herbaceous perennials, ornamental grasses and bulbs. This means you don’t have to replace most of the plants every year. Depending on the size of the beds, the layout of the garden, the site conditions and your preferences, shrubs and trees may also be included.

Naturalistic ornamental planting means less gardening work, saves water and provides food and habitat for native insects and other small animals. There is no prescribed style. It can be a meadow look, a woodland garden, a prairie—whatever natural image you have in mind.

How it works

Planting design is done in a hybrid format (i.e. site visit and online meetings) or entirely online, depending on your location and/or preferences. I can visit gardens up to 1.5 hours drive from my office address in Dresden.

I will need from you:

  • A plan of the garden at a scale of 1:100 showing all fixed structures (house, patio, paths, garden shed, flower beds, etc.) and the existing plants (with names) that you wish to keep in the garden.
  • I will send you a detailed questionnaire to help me understand your priorities and wishes, as well as the condition of the garden and your current concerns.
  • Photographs of the garden beds.
  • Soil evaluation according to instructions.

Together with your style preferences, I will take into account the soil type, amount of sunlight, temperature and rainfall throughout the year to select plants appropriate to your garden. You will receive a detailed planting plan showing the exact position of the plants in the beds. I will also prepare a list of the number of each type of plant required for ordering, together with planting instructions and an annual maintenance schedule.

Caring for a new type of planting can raise a lot of questions as the plants grow and change. I don’t want anyone to feel lost. That is why the planting design package includes interactive support via email and Zoom for up to 15 months after design.

Planting Design Package – more than a plan

Planting Design includes:

  • Free online discovery call. This is a 30 minute meeting via Zoom. You can book your initial consultation here.
  • Questionnaire. An extensive questionnaire is used as a checklist to find out as much as possible about your preferences and the conditions in the garden.
  • 1 hour in-depth consultation with site evaluation. This can take place in your garden or online depending on your location.
  • Planting proposal with one round of changes. A list of plants with photographs, a flowering calendar and a 3-D hand sketch of a proposed scheme. You will have the opportunity to review the plant list and give your feedback during an online meeting. I will modify the list based on the changes requested.
  • Detailed planting plan. Planting plans produced in CAD software showing exact positions and quantities of perennials, shrubs and trees. You will receive a digital version in pdf format and A3 prints showing planting beds and mature sizes of selected plants at a scale of 1:50.
  • Bulb planting plan. Bulbs are often planted in a different season to the main planting. It is therefore useful to have a separate plan. The bulb planting plan shows the types and quantities of bulbs and their position in relation to other plants.
  • How to order. To make ordering easier, you will receive a spreadsheet list of the Latin names, common names, sizes and quantities of all the plants shown in the detailed planting plan and the bulb planting plan. If you are sourcing the plants and planting the garden yourself, I can also suggest where to obtain the plants.
  • Planting instructions
  • Annual maintenance plan
  • Hand out meeting. Approximately one hour meeting where I explain the documentation and answer any questions you may have. The meeting may take place online or at your home.
  • Two online consultations. I want to make sure that your plants thrive after I have done the design work. Therefore the package includes two 30-minute online consultations within the first 15 months of receiving the plans to give you the opportunity to ask questions. If you planted your garden in the spring, the best times are late summer of the same year and late spring of the following year. If you planted in the autumn, both meetings should take place in the next growing season.
  • E-mail support. For 12 months after design you can ask short questions regarding your plants and maintenance by email.


All this for a basic price of 470 EUR + 6 EUR per square metre of planting area + 65 EUR travel expenses outside Dresden.

According to the small business regulation (§19 UStG), I am exempt from paying VAT. All services charged by me do not include VAT.

Additional services

These are the optional services that are not included in the Planting Design Package, but you can request my assistance with:

  • Measuring your garden and taking soil samples
  • Laying out the plants in your garden before planting
  • Irrigation plan
  • Post design consultations in your garden

Do you want to refresh your planting and start gardening in harmony with nature? Or are you still not sure if this is for you?

Book your free Discovery Call to find out more.

Who this is for
and who this is NOT for

Planting Design is for you if:

  • You are happy with the existing garden layout and just need to refresh the planting.
  • You want an ornamental planting that is beautiful and straightforward to care for.
  • You want to support native pollinators and other insects.
  • You can afford buying plants at about 50 EUR/m 2 of planting beds.
  • You have enough time and energy to implement the plan, or you are prepared to hire a gardener to do it for you.
  • You can take care of your plants after planting.

Planting Design is not for you if:

  • Your garden at the moment is a construction site, or a vast lawn, or you need help with changing the layout of planting beds – in this case you need one of Garden Design packages.
  • You primarily want to grow food.
  • You don’t want to do any gardening whatsoever.
  • You want to spray your garden with a chemical pest control

Do you want to refresh your planting and start gardening in harmony with nature?
Or are you still not sure if this is for you?

Book your free Discovery Call to find out more.


What locations do you cover?

I design gardens and plantings throughout Germany and in central, eastern and northern Europe, including the UK. These areas have an overlapping range of native flora and fauna. To design planting I can travel to gardens within 1.5 hours drive of my office in Dresden. I am able to work remotely with clients in other locations.

I don’t have a 1:100 plan of my whole garden. Can I just give you the dimensions of the planting beds?

It depends on the complexity of the garden. If you only need a planting plan for one or two beds, their outline with dimensions and adjacent fixed structures will be sufficient. However, if you need a planting plan for several beds, you will need to provide a plan of the whole garden. Planting in any part of the garden should be integrated with the house and the rest of the garden. A garden plan is essential to understand the relationships between planting areas and the rest of the garden. For example, what you can see from different locations, including from inside the house, what the sun and shade patterns are, etc.

How long does a planting design take?

Depending on the season, workload, complexity of the brief and how quickly you can provide me with all the information and feedback, it can take anywhere from 3 weeks to 3 months from the initial consultation to the handover of the final plans.

When is the best time to plant?

In principle, you can plant at any time as long as the ground is not frozen and you can water your plants regularly after planting. However, many plants have a better chance of survival if they are planted in early to mid spring. A very good time window for planting shrubs and trees is late summer and early autumn, when the natural life cycle of the plant encourages root development.

I would like to plant my garden next spring. When should I start planning?

Ideally in the early autumn of the previous season, but allow at least two months to ensure that you receive your design well in advance of ordering plants. Also factor in a few weeks for the plants to be delivered. It is also much easier to assess the garden and soil in the warmer months than in the middle of winter.

Do you also do the planting?

No, I am a registered freelance landscape designer, which covers a very similar range of work to that of a landscape architect, not a landscaper or gardener. The planting is to be carried out by you. If you prefer to have the planting done for you, I can help you find a gardener or landscaping company. I can also help you lay out the plants before planting.

Do you supply plants?

No, I am an independent designer and don’t resell any products, including plants. I can recommend a reputable nursery in your area or online where you can purchase good quality plants.

I want to have a low maintenance garden. Can you design a suitable planting?

This depends on the understanding what constitutes ‘low maintenance’. Naturalistic perennial gardens require much less maintenance than traditional gardens, cottage gardens with a high proportion of annuals or vegetable and fruit gardens, but you will still need to look after your plants. Especially in the first two years after planting new plants require regular watering. You may also need to weed occasionally until the plants reach their full size and take up all the space in the border. Finally, plants are living organisms and the planting will change over the years, so you will need to edit the design from time to time. However, it is possible to design with less or more work in mind, so I will tailor the plan to your abilities.

Do I have to be ‘eco’ to work with you?

No, but I do specialise in wildlife friendly naturalistic planting design and the eco-conscious approach to design can save you money on water and purchases at garden centres.

Do you only design with native plants?

No. I ensure that my planting schemes include native species, but scientific research shows that it is not necessary to have only native plants to achieve ecological value. However, if you wish to have only native plants in your garden, it is perfectly possible to do so.

If I don’t use chemicals, how can I protect my plants from pests?

In most cases you don’t need to. Firstly, choosing plants that are suitable for the conditions in your garden will reduce the likelihood of pest damage. Secondly, plants have evolved with the insects that eat them, and small amounts of damage won’t harm ornamental plants. Naturalistic planting with a variety of plant species creates a small ecosystem where predators help control plant-eating insects. Finally, chemical pest control in the home garden is counterproductive. It always harms beneficial insects along with the pests and upsets the natural balance between pests and predators, ultimately leading to more pest outbreaks. Pesticides are also unhealthy for us. If there is a real pest problem, we will discuss biological control methods.

Will you remove existing plants?

That depends on your preferences and what plants are currently growing in the garden. If they are invasive, I will suggest removing them. If the plants are not suitable for the location they are growing in, I may suggest moving them to a different location or removing them altogether.

Do I need an irrigation system?

Even drought-tolerant plants need water for the first two seasons before they become established. Due to climate change, we are experiencing more unpredictable weather, not just less rainfall or higher temperatures than in previous decades. This trend is only going to get worse over time. Although my designs are water-conscious, few plants can survive the current mixed and unpredictable weather patterns in Europe. We can have mild winters or severe frosts, dry or wet springs, very wet summers or two hot months with no rain at all. This is why I recommend installing a simple irrigation system when you plant. This will save you time on manual watering and allow you to water deep into the root zone of the plants. However, whether you prefer an irrigation system or hand watering is entirely up to you.

I know how to garden and I just need the planting plan with quantities to order. Is this possible?

Yes. If you don’t think you need instructions or post design support, I can remove these services from your quote. The price of the service will be adjusted accordingly.

What if I change my mind and want to cancel the service?

You have a standard statutory right of cancellation of two weeks after signing the design contract. You can also cancel the contract at any time and you will only be charged for the work done up to that point.

When do I have to pay?

You always pay after you have received the service. This is done in 3 instalments: after the initial consultation, after you have received all your planting plans and documentation, and at the end of the support period.

Do you accept credit cards or PayPal?

No. You will receive an invoice to be paid by a standard bank transfer.

Are you tired of wasting your money at the garden centre on new plants every year? Do you want to add subtle, natural beauty to your garden? Do you want to attract more wild bees, butterflies and birds? Are you ready for your garden to become part of the network of wildlife habitats within the human landscape?

Book a free Discovery Call to discuss design options for your garden.