Garden Design

Gardens are special.

Whether it’s somewhere safe for the children to play, a plot to grow veg, or a terrace to entertain guests, any outdoor space has too much potential to be ignored.  But it’s not just the practical.  A garden can provide a much needed refuge from the strains of modern life, and whether you meditate, sunbathe or simply sit and unwind with a glass of wine, an outdoor space can give you some much needed ‘me’ time.

Sophie Dixon Associates

Time itself is fundamental to garden design.  Planning for growth; learning to appreciate the passing of the seasons and changes in light… these are our real challenges.  Outdoor spaces need to look good from the start, yet must have room to develop and continue to improve over the years.  They also need to be multi-seasonal — a summertime-only garden is a limited one.

Here at Sophie Dixon Associates, we believe gardens should last for generations; and use real, sustainable materials wherever possible to ensure that the hard-landscaping just gets better with age.  We work with skilled craftsmen to create something really special, and unique to your project.

Our philosophy is simple.

We design for you, but also for the site, responding to the house and surroundings, to ensure the garden ‘belongs’.  And we invite you to be part of the dialogue that helps us get there, so you end up with a space you feel is yours.

Our design fees are completely transparent, and each stage of the process is agreed with you in advance.

Well designed gardens are beautiful to look at, inspiring to be in, and practical to use.   We know how to make spaces work.

Please browse our portfolio pages, or read on to find out more about our services

Consultation & Site Survey

Sophie offers an initial visit for free if you live within Devon, Somerset, Dorset or North Cornwall.  No design or planting advice is offered at this stage, but it... Learn more >

Design Concept

Using photos, the site survey and written brief, we create a bespoke design for your outdoor space. (You may want to see some examples of how we arrive at... Learn more >

Optional Services

Bespoke Furniture Design Furniture and — where relevant — sculpture sourcing are part of our standard service, as they are such a fundamental part of the scheme. However, we... Learn more >

Masterplan & Construction Drawings

Accurate computer-aided drawings are produced of a fully scaled masterplan, relevant sections and elevations,  and all necessary construction drawings. These specify all hard landscaping materials that are to be... Learn more >


Plants are the life-blood of any garden. Softening the hard-landscaping and ‘furnishing’ the space, the plants in your bespoke planting plan will be chosen to reflect your tastes, and... Learn more >


"We wanted a party space and you gave us everything we asked for, and a beautiful garden in which to spend sunny days."

Ms V Cassinelli

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2011 Society of Garden Designer’s Garden Design Student of the Year.

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2012 Association of Professional Landscape Designers International Student Landscape Design Award, Joint winner.

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