Informal design is all about going with the flow, using sweeps and curving lines in the shaping of lawns, borders and pathways.

Imitating nature in our gardens might seem to negate the need for design but the apparent ease with which this style of garden fits into its setting belies the careful thought in its planning.

Water features must always look as if they are where nature would have put them.

Planting is often loose and generous and as in any style of garden chosen to suit the soil, aspect and climate.

Natural hard materials will always look more appropriate than man made ones and the nearer the chosen stone is in type, colour and texture to the local stone of the area the better it will fit in.