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Whether it is a controlled formal garden, a minimalist contemporary space or a wild landscape, we seek to find the harmony between functionality, nature and aesthetic.

Garden of spiral grass borders designed by Peter Eustance  Water feature terrace

Landscape design consultancy

Symphonic Gardens provides a personal and professional approach in the design and creation of unique and fulfilling landscape settings.

Every design commission is underpinned by a process of careful listening, creative interpretation and clarity of presentation. Design concepts are developed to create and convey unique solutions that optimise your relationship with the outside space and complement your life and style.

Thorough site assessments and sympathetic analysis ensure the design schemes are not only appropriate to the conditions but that they uniquely condense and evoke the essential spirit and potential of the location.

Our design philosophy seeks to identify and establish a balance between functionality, nature and aesthetic. Whether it is a controlled formal garden, a minimalist contemporary garden or a wild landscape.

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Elton Cambridgeshire garden designed by Peter Eustance Tree fern at front door
Colour rendered plan for contemporary Cambridgeshire garden designed by Peter Eustance

The Design Process

Our range of services can be tailored to suit the requirements of each project.


An initial consultation meeting provides a starting point to explore your aspirations and desires and the opportunities and challenges that your site offers. From this meeting a written brief is produced together with a phased fee proposal for the design work.

Site Survey

A visit will be arranged to fully assess all aspects of the site and location. Measurements, levels, existing features and services are plotted and photographed. These details are used to create a survey drawing which forms the basis from which the design evolves.

Outline Sketch Plans

An initial outline design concept plan and sketches are prepared conveying key elements: spatial layout, flow, groundwork aspects, themes and features, planting palettes and material suggestions. These will be presented to you at an interim design meeting for discussion and development so that any changes, ideas or additions can be incorporated.

Design Concept Plan

The landscape design concept plan and drawings will be completed forming the masterplan for the installation work. This may comprise a scaled annotated plan drawing, colour rendered plans and perspective sketches, schematic drawings of proposed features and structures and a planting theme plan.

Working Drawings

Details will be produced as appropriate to the nature of the project and may include structural details, setting out plans showing levels and site dimensions, detailed planting schedules, lighting schemes, hard landscaping – walls, paving, steps, bespoke structural features etc.

Landscape layout plan for contemporary Cambridgeshire garden designed by Peter Eustance
Cambridgeshire garden designed by Peter Eustance view to west during construction

Installation Preparation and Tendering Process

Again, depending on the nature of the project, this may involve producing work schedules, consultation with other professions, engineers and planning departments, preparation of outline budget estimations, written specifications, preparation and assistance with tendering process.

Installation monitoring and inspection

Once the landscape contractor has been selected, we can provide our services to ensure that the garden is installed according to the agreed scheme and to the expected high standard.

Cambridgeshire garden designed by Peter Eustance Rear garden