Professional Planting Design

Taught by Neill Ludmon

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

Course Description

Suitable for all abilities, whether amateur or professional

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 create a garden with a sense of year-round unity and well-being. Learn to select plants for their visual, aesthetic and structural properties, how to assess your site conditions, and the process of creating 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

Learning outcome: Having completed the course you will understand the theory behind selecting and using plants for their visual qualities so that you can create planting schemes that have lasting structure, and offer both unity and contrast of form, texture and colour.  You will understand the importance of selecting the right plants for the right place and how to create an effective planting plan that communicates your planting ideas effectively.

Remember, if you're a self-employed professional you can set these courses off against tax as 'Continued Professional Development'.

Requirements

A3 Pad of Tracing Paper

Pencils HB 2B 4B

Water Colour Pencils

Circular template (HELIX H67)

Plant reference books

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.

Choose how you want to learn

  • The Expert option

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    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 from Neill Ludmon
    • 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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    $499
  • 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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    $199

Learn better together

  • Online classroom

    Start anytime and join a class of no more than 20 students

    Start anytime and join a class of no more than 20 students
  • Test yourself

    Practice what you learn with assignments after each lesson

    Practice what you learn with assignments after each lesson
  • Personal tuition

    Exclusive assignment feedback from Expert Tutors

    Exclusive assignment feedback from Expert Tutors
  • Share

    Share ideas with classmates from around the world

    Share ideas with classmates from around the world

Meet Neill Ludmon

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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