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We drew our garden design over 20 years ago and I have developed it since and made more beds. We had professionals to pave the terrace as the house is on a slope lengthways and the garden in on 3 levels. So I drew the design, the stone masons did the heavy stuff and a garden firm did the lawn, as it had been a farmyard and needed 2 lorryloads of earth added. We did all the digging of beds and planting. The garden is quite big, over an acre in all.
I'm afraid I'm not that keen on the contemporary, rather hard and stark style of the designer who started this thread.
I personally think that spending money on gaden decoration is such a waste. Where is the fun in creating a garden, if you let some unknown guys to do the job? There are many ways to design your garden. For example, one of my recent works - Zen Garden. It is a quick and easy DIY project. Just some extra imagination will do the job.
Well I'd employ a designer if I could. I'd love to have the hard landscaping in my garden done really well as a framework for the plants. I'd like plant suggestions, too, from a real expert, though I'd want to choose and plant them myself. That would be a much more manageable task than the one I have - taking a garden that was hideously and amateurishly entirely paved by its previous owner and take everything out and start again with little spare money, because we were also renovating the house.