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Garden Design & Landscaping

Let us do ALL the hard work

Louise likes to involve the customer as much, or as little, as they want to be involved. Some customers have a clear and precise idea of what they want in their garden. Others want Balanis to take control and let Louise’s imagination and floral artistry take it’s own natural path with their garden design.

All aspects of the Garden Design are handled by Louise Barby – your sole point of contact throughout. Louise co-ordinates everything, acting as project manager from start to finish. A garden design often involves third party contractors from builders to electricians and carpenters to tree preservation authorities. Balanis keep a professional eye on all of this – leaving the customer with nothing to do but admire the transformation of their garden.

Thornham (North Norfolk) Courtyard Garden Design with oak planters

Project Management done properly

For all the soft landscaping tasks we have our own full-time staff. For other specialist tasks we have access to some of the best garden contractors on the Norfolk coast. We take full responsibility for any work subcontracted out including – hard landscaping (patios, fences, decking, arbours etc), steel lawn edging & raised beds and outdoor electrical installations.

Key roles undertaken by Louise in her position of Principal Garden Designer include:

  • An initial site survey identifying the customer’s likes / dislikes and budget
  • Optional hard landscaping (patios, decking, summer-houses, arbours etc)
  • Optional garden lighting (uplights, downlights, path markers, exterior sockets etc)
  • Optional garden irrigation systems (drip feed with timers for second homes / holiday homes)
  • Provision of an initial draft garden design with mood board
  • Feedback from client followed by presentation of formal garden design (hand drawn by Louise)
  • All plants sourced from local (Norfolk) growers where possible
  • Planting undertaken by Louise and other Balanis staff
  • Provision of a plant aftercare guide to the client following handover

More garden design case studies here >> PORTFOLIO

Mixed Grasses and Perennials in this Hunstanton Garden design

Norfolk Holiday Home to small Country Estates

Our customers range from 1 bedroom holiday homes with small courtyard gardens of less than 20 feet square (that’s about 6m x 6m for the metric folk) to customers with over 50 acres including woodland, pasture and formal beds. Don’t think that just because you have a small garden we won’t be interested to have you as a customer, we want you to be proud of your garden, no matter how small. We’d probably have to say “no” to Holkham Hall, Sandringham, or Houghton Estate, but we’d love to give our opinion and share some experiences. Please visit our Garden Projects Gallery for some recent examples of work undertaken by Louise around the North Norfolk coast. Balanis have completed garden designs from Dersingham & Docking, through Heacham & Hunstanton onwards to Holme, Thornham, Brancaster and the Burnhams.

Small courtyard garden design in Brancaster

Small courtyard garden design with patio replacing slippery decking

Garden Borders as you like them

Some of our customers want their garden and it’s borders to be as maintenance free as possible. This doesn’t mean they have to be bland and boring. Louise’s extensive plant knowledge will give you the low maintenance borders that give pleasure month after month with little more than some dead heading and keeping on top of the weeds.

Garden Borders - 1 year after design and planting - centre piece Olive tree

Balanis are available for full on re-designs, new garden designs and garden makeovers. Soft Landscaping is more than an art, it takes years of experience to know what looks nice today, will still look great next season, and in many years to come. Please click the link for more details on our bespoke Garden Design service.

An established border planted just 18 months ago - Thornham, North Norfolk

Deep borders planted with a variety of plants inclding grasses, heuchera & small hebes

Designing Gardens from Dersingham to the Burnhams

With customers spread all over the North Norfolk coast we are confident we can design a garden that is perfect for your local conditions. Please contact us today for an informal and no obligation discussion. Whether it’s a complete garden design or a simple freshen up & garden makeover

Garden Design in Holme Next the Sea showing Patio, Firepit and garden electrics

An unused corner of the garden becomes a family friendly patio with seating, firepit & arbour


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Louise would love to hear from you with any local regular gardening tasks

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