About PlantPlots

About us

We help you create the garden of your dreams

I started PlantPlots in 2015 and began designing gardens for customers both in the UK and abroad. But PlantPlots is different from normal garden design in that we don’t actually visit the garden.

My ethos has always been to help owners create the garden of their dreams, so the designs I create unlock the hidden potential of their existing garden. Which I prefer to clearing everything out of the garden and starting again.

Gardens should ‘do’ good too

Another important point to know about PlantPlots is that I believe gardens should not just look good, they should do good too. The gardens created should make their owners feel great but not at the expense of the planet. I use easy-care plants but also use plants that benefit bees butterflies and insects too.

You can also book a consultation to talk through specific design issues with the garden. Helping you begin your garden transformation with confidence

After all the garden is their home too. I see little benefit in creating a garden full of plants that require staking, spraying or constant attention just to look pretty! The truth is I prefer to have time enjoying the garden, rather than constant gardening; and so my designs reflect this ethos too.

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Rachel McCartain

About Founder

Rachel McCartain

During my student holidays I worked on the nursery, pricking out, potting on, weeding, watering and getting out orders on usually cold and wet but occasionally sunny days – and I hated it.  In fact, in one of my ‘what career would you like’ assessments I do remember writing that I would never do anything that involved horticulture ever!  So here we are, 20 years, a short career in BMW Finance and 3 children later, I find myself earning my crust ‘doing gardens’.

Much as it is very satisfying turning a weed infested jungle into a tamed tranquil place for a cup of something nice, I realised I preferred the design to the digging. Incidentally, my elbows and knees are in total agreement. The problem was always that there are a myriad of designers out there all looking to completely redo your garden for a fee – and I was looking to do something different.

We love gardening

How the idea of designing gardens started

So a couple of years ago, I hit on the idea of designing little bits of gardens instead of the whole thing in one go. Creating designs that everyone could use, at a reasonable price and for those who’d love a lovely garden but who aren’t expert gardeners.

So for the last couple of years, I have been creating PlantPlots designs for you to use in your garden. The designs use actual plant images, so it is easier to see what the PlantPlot will look like when it’s finished.

I would love everyone to have a gorgeous garden, even though they may not be expert gardeners. So let PlantPlots help transform your little patch into something better and we can all be happier gardeners!