Designing the ideal garden for you

Imagine enjoying the pleasures of your ideal garden: entertaining in style; spending time with your friends and family in surroundings that really express your taste; seeing younger family members enjoy the outdoors; just relaxing in your own private sanctuary; perhaps growing fresh food for your table.

Great bespoke gardens give year-round pleasure, work for your lifestyle and add living space and value to your home.

You may have ideas about what you want, but not the time, knowledge, experience or contacts to achieve the results you want.

Talking to the right garden designer is crucial. It can help you crystallise your ideas, and give you advice and support through the planning, planting and management processes to turn those ideas into reality.

Talk to us. We’ll listen. We have a proven track record, and we’ll work hard to use our experience and skills to turn your wishes into the bespoke garden that really works for you.

  • “We struggled to confine our praise into a short testimonial. Janet has transformed our tired and uninspiring garden into a beautiful and interesting outside space which we love in all weathers. Her well-considered design was realistic, imaginative and fun.

    Throughout the process, Janet has given us honest advice and been a reliable person to work with, who kept us well informed every step of the way. This was evident in her initial design phase, in liaising with different contractors, project managing the hard landscaping, planning and supplying the planting. We have been very impressed with her attention to detail and the quality of the work carried out by one of her recommended contractors. We would not hesitate to recommend her services.”

    Kathy & Martin Banasik, Petersfield, Hampshire
  • “Janet is an exceptional plantswoman.  She designed several very large mixed borders for our garden with interesting and colour co-ordinated plantings.   Her design took into account the difficult site and the surrounding countryside, she gave us a detailed planting plan and supplied all the plants. Five years on, the borders are looking very mature and give us pleasure all year round due to the varied nature of the planting.

    We have no hesitation in recommending Janet Bligh Garden Designs to anyone considering a garden project; we have been delighted with the results of her expertise in our garden and she has been a pleasure to work with.”

    Linda Redpath, East Meon, Hampshire
  • “Janet really has made the garden of my dreams. For several years I have tried to plan different sections of my plot, but without an overall design it had become very disorganised, unkempt and frankly depressing. Janet has put shape and style into the whole area, using all the elements I like, including the planting. The whole process has been very enjoyable, particularly seeing the plans become reality. I now spend a lot of time just walking round the garden with a big grin on my face! Thank you so very much.”

    Jane Hussey, Clanfield, Hampshire

My approach to garden design

I was first inspired to work in garden design by a love of hands-on gardening, and a real desire to create long-lasting outdoor spaces.

I studied in London and qualified in both Garden Design and Plants & Planting Design before moving to Hampshire in 2000, where I established a garden design practice with offices in Petersfield. After gaining my Diploma in Garden Design I was part of a team that won a Silver Medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

My motivation comes from the unique, individual client needs that make every project a fresh challenge. The lasting pleasure that my work bring to our clients – who may be beginners or experienced, knowledgeable gardeners – gives me huge job satisfaction.

Much of our work focuses on large long-term projects where I collaborate with clients, architects, interior designers and skilled landscapers, as well as a range of specialists – water, lighting, joinery, metalwork – to create outstanding and unique gardens for my clients.

You can get a flavour of the broad range of projects we’ve completed on the portfolio pages, and learn more about our garden design service.

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