Neill Ludmon

Professional Planting Design

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Course Description

Hilary Thomas and Neill Ludmon teach you how how to create a professional planting design for all types of gardens.

Choose the Expert option for personal feedback from Neill on your designs

It's all too easy to have a garden full of wonderful plants that feels more like a restless collection than a well thought-out design. Discover how to plant a garden for all seasons, combining plant structures, colours and forms.

Learn how to select plants for their visual, aesthetic and structural properties, how to assess your site conditions, and how to create a planting plan on paper.

Explore different styles of garden such as naturalist, minimalist and cottage garden, and get tips on things to consider if you’re setting up in business.

This course is run by Hilary Thomas, and your assignments will be marked by Neill Ludmon.

You'll learn:

  • how to choose and use plants
  • understanding visual qualities of plants
  • creating planting schemes with lasting structure
  • selecting the right plants for the right place
  • how to create a planting plan

Suitable for students of all levels - from gardeners just getting started to professionals looking to learn more about using plants in garden design.

The course includes:

  • 8 on-demand video lessons - presented by Hilary Thomas
  • lifetime access to the videos, notes and interactive class
  • flexible classes - join and learn when and where you like
  • downloadable lesson notes
  • practical planting design assignments (with tutor feedback available)
  • access on your mobile, PC, Mac or laptop
  • small interactive online classroom - chat online to students from around the world and share your creative ideas

Time to complete the planting design course:

Every student is different but in general we think the whole course will take around 28 hours to complete including:

  • Video lessons: 4 hours in total
  • Course notes: 30 minutes per lesson
  • Your planting design assignments: at least 2 hours per lesson
  • Interactive classroom time: 15 minutes per lesson
  • Tutor feedback review (Expert level): 15 minutes per lesson

Ready to get started?

Just add the course to your basket above - choose the 'Expert' option for personal feedback from Neill on your planting design assignments.

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A3 Pad of Tracing Paper

Pencils HB 2B 4B

Water Colour Pencils

Circular template (HELIX H67)

Plant reference books

CPD Accreditation

Course activity has been accredited by the CPD Standards Office (CPDSO). The course equates to 28 hours of CPD learning.
The CPD Standards Office. CPD Provider: 50276.

Course outline

  • Form, Texture & Habit

    Learn how the size, shape and surface of leaves influences our perception of plants.

  • Colour and Design Principles

    Understand how colours influence the mood of a garden and how we perceive the dimensions of a space.

  • The Role of Plants in The Planting Scheme

    Explore the role of structural planting and focal point plants in a planting scheme.

  • Seasonal Colour & Excitement

    Consider the different techniques for utilising seasonal colour and excitement, from seasonal bedding plants to the more naturalist meadow style.

  • Considering Plant Selection

    Explore all the factors that will determine the success of your planting scheme, and how to garden ecologically.

  • Drawing Up the Planting Plan

    Learn how to create a three-dimensional planting plan.

  • Planting Styles

    Assess the different ways that plants can be used to create a particular style or theme, such as cottage garden, modern or Mediterranean style planting.

  • Plant Schedule

    Understand how to prepare a plant schedule, and why you need to consider suppliers, maintenance, and your neighbours.

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Choose how you want to learn

  • The Expert option


    Develop your learning further with marked assignments and personal tuition from Neill Ludmon

    • Start course whenever you like
    • 8 weeks tutor access for personalised assignment feedback & coaching
    • 8 assignments marked by Neill Ludmon
    • Certificate of completion and CPD hours
    • Online classroom with up to 20 classmates
    • 8 lessons with expert videos & notes
    • Group chat & direct message with tutor & classmates
    • Lifetime access to videos, notes & classroom
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  • The Peer option

    Discover the benefits of group learning in an online interactive classroom of no more than 20 people. Get the most from shared knowledge and community study

    • Start course whenever you like
    • Practise what you learn with your peers
    • Online classroom with up to 20 classmates
    • 8 lessons with expert videos & notes
    • 8 course assignments
    • Group chat & direct message classmates
    • Lifetime access to videos, notes & classroom
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Buy this course for a business or group

You can now buy this course through your business or organisation for individuals and groups up to 20

Gardening classroom - how it works

  • Start anytime

    Watch video tutorials led by expert tutors

    Watch video tutorials led by expert tutors
  • Test yourself

    Practice what you learn with inspiring assignments

    Practice what you learn with inspiring assignments
  • Personal tuition

    Get assignment feedback from expert tutors

    Get assignment feedback from expert tutors
  • Share ideas

    Collaborate and chat directly to classmates

    Collaborate and chat directly to classmates

Meet Neill Ludmon

Neill Ludmon - Gardening
Neill Ludmon is a qualified teacher who spent 13 years teaching Plants and Planting Design and Drawing and Graphics to prospective garden designers at the prestigious Capel Manor College in London. In addition, Neill holds both an MA in Garden History from the University of London and the RHS Level 3 Horticulture, which includes the study of propagation and pests and diseases. Alongside his teaching and academic studies, Neill works as a freelance planting designer. He runs the short courses at Woottens of Wenhaston and delivers planting design workshops for Crocus.

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Awards & Accreditations

  • Royal Horticultural Society - Approved Centre 2023-2024
  • Royal Horticultural Society
  • CPD Accredited (provider 50276)
  • Digital Education Awards 2023 Winner for Digital Health and Wellbeing Learning Product of the Year
  • Digital Education Awards 2023 Winner for Adult Home Learning Product of the Year