Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Property - - SUNDAY PROPERTY - from Kevin Den­nis of Cityscape Gar­dener

1 A gar­den needs a re­ally well thought-out de­sign plan — and un­less you’re good at that, you will need to hire an ex­pe­ri­enced de­signer who will find out what you want and shape a plan around your needs.

2 Don’t be afraid of plant­ing — a lot of peo­ple want low-main­te­nance gar­dens but plants aren’t high-main­te­nance once they are well-cho­sen. If you get the right de­signer and the plant choices are cor­rect, ev­ery­thing is go­ing to be OK.

3 If you’re plan­ning a new gar­den, make sure you hire the best-qual­ity con­trac­tor that you can get — and it’s not al­ways about money. Read re­views, check their work, see if they are mem­bers of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Land­scape Con­trac­tors of Ire­land. If you’re look­ing for a de­signer, check they are a mem­ber of Gar­den and Land­scape De­sign­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, what their cre­den­tials are, read re­views and even go and see their work.

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