What is soft landscaping?

Soft landscaping refers to the living element of the scheme. Careful consideration is given to this part of a garden design project, because the trees, plants and living elements all contribute towards the overall composition. They soften the harder edges generated by the hard landscaping elements, such as  decking, paving, walls and pergolas. Our soft landscaping services will transform your outdoor space and  bring your garden ideas to life.

What are the benefits of our soft landscaping services?

Plants, mulch, soil, trees, shrubs, bedding plants, lawn – all are considered softscape materials, derived from
the natural world. Consulting a professional garden design company brings not only the creative aspect of
colours and aesthetics of all these elements but, as importantly, the Planting knowledge of what will work well
in your situ, taking into account your soil and land composition. The choices for Soft Landscaping are almost
endless with so many colours and species of flowers, grasses, foliage and trees to choose.

We will work with you to create a garden that you will be truly happy with: whether that’s a wild flower
meadow, flowered borders, open lawn or somewhere to showcase a piece of unique outdoor art or sculpture.

We offer a bespoke garden design service

We have an award-winning track record and offer a bespoke garden design service for all of our customers. Together we can discuss ideas for colours, varieties and species to suit your lifestyle and requirements. Whether you are looking for a low-maintenance garden, or you would like to have a completely new layout and planting scheme, we can bring your ideas to life with our Soft Landscaping services. The Outdoor Options team excel at creating landscapes of all shapes and sizes, from the residential garden through to show gardens.

Examples of our favourite soft landscaping design projects

One of our favoured Soft Landscaping design projects was the ‘Enchanted Garden’ which exhibited at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show in 2017. It was designed by Butter Wakefield for the Belmond Hotel group.

The garden created is a timeless, understated space where guests and visitors alike are encouraged to pause and reflect on considered, purposeful planting and design. ‘Belmond Enchanted Gardens’ was created to epitomize the essence of a Belmond experience. Small strands of design, creative simplicity and a sense of romance are reflected throughout the garden, as they are at every Belmond hotel worldwide. - Butter Wakefield.

The idea was to create a garden which would encourage you to pause and reflect on the wider world. The planting scheme was wild in nature and resembled a wildflower meadow. Our goal was to create an outdoor space which was contemplative and very understated. We were delighted to work with the following partners:

In essence, it is a celebration of nature in its purest and most untamed form. The beautiful willow screen acts as a gateway to the enchanted world beyond. We were delighted to win both the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show 2017 Gold Medal, as well as the Show Garden People’s Choice award for this beautiful garden design.

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