Plant Design

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Plant Design Formula course with plant database

Plant Design Formula course with plant database

Learn how to successfully combine plants to create stunning borders

Learn how to successfully combine plants to create stunning borders

About

About

International garden designer, Rachel Mathews, has over 25 years design experience and has been teaching garden design to a worldwide audience since 2009.

Rachel teaches a simple, fast-track formula that has enabled thousands of people to successfully design their garden. She has also taught many landscape professionals how to improve their existing design skills.

International garden designer, Rachel Mathews, has over 25 years design experience and has been teaching garden design to a worldwide audience since 2009.

Rachel teaches a simple, fast-track formula that has enabled thousands of people to successfully design their garden. She has also taught many landscape professionals how to improve their existing design skills.

  • no complex software required
  • no complex software required
  • suitable for both beginners & experienced professionals
  • suitable for both beginners & experienced professionals
  • suitable for any shape of garden
  • suitable for any shape of garden
  • methods taught work anywhere in the world
  • methods taught work anywhere in the world
  • 100% online - works with computers & mobile devices
  • 100% online - works with computers & mobile devices

Learn

Learn

Learn a simple method that enables anyone, anywhere, to combine plants to create stunning combinations. 

The Plant Design Formula course includes a database of nearly 400 plants which can be sorted by colour, type, height, spread, soil conditions & more. This speeds up the design process & enables you to see how plants will look together.

Learn a simple method that enables anyone, anywhere, to combine plants to create stunning combinations. 

The Plant Design Formula course includes a database of nearly 400 plants which can be sorted by colour, type, height, spread, soil conditions & more. This speeds up the design process & enables you to see how plants will look together.

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See what our students say about the course

See what our students say about the course

"Hi Rachel. 

Thank you so much for the incredibly valuable amount of work and passion you share through your design courses. It is absolutely amazing!

I knew how I wanted to use our garden, it simply felt impossible and I just didn't know how to achieve it. I needed the right approach and a new perspective, and your knowledge, passion and expertise made it possible. I found the courage to try myself on the board and it has been an immensily satisfactory and rewarding experience.

The Plant Design Formula is of an immense value to me: I learned the underlying principles of designing a border regardless specific plants combinations and I know I can now face my "ghosts" hoping to achieve a good result looking for the right plant's characteristics. 

Thank you for being such a good teacher and for making approachable and....fun, what others made so complicated and scary!"

"Hi Rachel. 

Thank you so much for the incredibly valuable amount of work and passion you share through your design courses. It is absolutely amazing!

I knew how I wanted to use our garden, it simply felt impossible and I just didn't know how to achieve it. I needed the right approach and a new perspective, and your knowledge, passion and expertise made it possible. I found the courage to try myself on the board and it has been an immensily satisfactory and rewarding experience.

The Plant Design Formula is of an immense value to me: I learned the underlying principles of designing a border regardless specific plants combinations and I know I can now face my "ghosts" hoping to achieve a good result looking for the right plant's characteristics. 

Thank you for being such a good teacher and for making approachable and....fun, what others made so complicated and scary!"

"Wow. I've gone through everything now and have spent hours of rainy weekends and Christmas break planning, sketching and even getting my watercolours out for the first time in years – this whole course has been truly inspirational and I can't wait to start making the changes to the design and planting of my garden. "

"Wow. I've gone through everything now and have spent hours of rainy weekends and Christmas break planning, sketching and even getting my watercolours out for the first time in years – this whole course has been truly inspirational and I can't wait to start making the changes to the design and planting of my garden. "

"The Plant Design Formula, was perhaps all that I needed to learn during my time at University. I actually find it much more relevant, in depth and richer than what I have been taught. So a trully eye opener and a very well written and presented course. Got to love the videos and the richness of information.

My favourite (very hard question) perhaps the thought process on how to draw a planting plan and the videos on planting plan styles.. and also the free plant database!! oh my days!!

I would recommend to anyone honestly, specially designers and young horticulturalists, plant sitters and the garden lover. Way cheaper than paying for a degree and with plenty effective advice.

Its just a superb course.

Thank you !"

"The Plant Design Formula, was perhaps all that I needed to learn during my time at University. I actually find it much more relevant, in depth and richer than what I have been taught. So a trully eye opener and a very well written and presented course. Got to love the videos and the richness of information.

My favourite (very hard question) perhaps the thought process on how to draw a planting plan and the videos on planting plan styles.. and also the free plant database!! oh my days!!

I would recommend to anyone honestly, specially designers and young horticulturalists, plant sitters and the garden lover. Way cheaper than paying for a degree and with plenty effective advice.

Its just a superb course.

Thank you !"

Hi Rachel,

If I could only attach the pictures of my redesigned garden in Los Angeles, CA, you will know how much I have benefited from the various lessons, videos and all the workbooks I ordered from you.

You are very good teacher, thorough in your ways and with a great approach to your teachings. The original garden is a far-cry from the new design.

Thank you for being a very good and innovative teacher. My best . . . . ever!!! Please keep up the good work and more success to you in creating more extraordinarily beautiful designs and encouraging and teaching others to do the same.

Marina

Hi Rachel,

If I could only attach the pictures of my redesigned garden in Los Angeles, CA, you will know how much I have benefited from the various lessons, videos and all the workbooks I ordered from you.

You are very good teacher, thorough in your ways and with a great approach to your teachings. The original garden is a far-cry from the new design.

Thank you for being a very good and innovative teacher. My best . . . . ever!!! Please keep up the good work and more success to you in creating more extraordinarily beautiful designs and encouraging and teaching others to do the same.

Marina

Hello Rachel,

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! 

I love, absolutely love every one of your Plant Design Formula class/video/module.

I can't get enough... :-)

You are a great teacher. You explain how to do certain things in a very easy way. All the videos are clear and it's very easy and entertaining to watch (wish that all my years of classes was like this... I would never miss a class). I like how you set up the module in PDF first then follow with video. Basically, I like... I love everything that I have purchased from you!

Hello Rachel,

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! 

I love, absolutely love every one of your Plant Design Formula class/video/module.

I can't get enough... :-)

You are a great teacher. You explain how to do certain things in a very easy way. All the videos are clear and it's very easy and entertaining to watch (wish that all my years of classes was like this... I would never miss a class). I like how you set up the module in PDF first then follow with video. Basically, I like... I love everything that I have purchased from you!

How to Combine Plants For Beautiful Borders... 

How to Combine Plants For Beautiful Borders... 

  • Or have you managed to get a nice planting scheme together but it only lasts a week or two before the garden looks boring again?
  • Or have you managed to get a nice planting scheme together but it only lasts a week or two before the garden looks boring again?
  • Have you tried moving plants from one part of the garden to another, still not getting the look you’re after?
  • Have you tried moving plants from one part of the garden to another, still not getting the look you’re after?

The Art of Plant Design... 

The Art of Plant Design... 

  • Have you found that no matter how many gorgeous plants you purchase, when you get them home and place them in your garden, they just don’t look as good as you hoped?
  • Have you found that no matter how many gorgeous plants you purchase, when you get them home and place them in your garden, they just don’t look as good as you hoped?

No.

No.

Putting plants together well is a real art form. It’s one that’s taken me, as a professional garden designer, years to get right. To begin with I made the classic mistakes that most people make, despite my professional training!

Putting plants together well is a real art form. It’s one that’s taken me, as a professional garden designer, years to get right. To begin with I made the classic mistakes that most people make, despite my professional training!

The Key To The Perfect Planting Scheme 

The Key To The Perfect Planting Scheme 

The biggest mistake you can make is choosing plants for their flowers. It’s hard not to, but when you think about it, if a plant spends more time without flowers than with them, then it does make sense not to choose a plant solely on its flowers. So obviously you should choose plants for their foliage then, right?

The biggest mistake you can make is choosing plants for their flowers. It’s hard not to, but when you think about it, if a plant spends more time without flowers than with them, then it does make sense not to choose a plant solely on its flowers. So obviously you should choose plants for their foliage then, right?

Whilst choosing plants based on their leaves does help a bit more than just choosing something for the flowers, it still doesn’t entirely solve the planting plan problem. Clarity is the key. It can be very difficult to get real clarity in the planting scheme.

Whilst choosing plants based on their leaves does help a bit more than just choosing something for the flowers, it still doesn’t entirely solve the planting plan problem. Clarity is the key. It can be very difficult to get real clarity in the planting scheme.

How you place plants next to one another is vital if you don’t want it to look like an uninteresting messy mass of leaves when things aren’t flowering. The trick, I discovered, was more to do with the overall aspects of a plant and how you place certain characteristics together that creates really stunning planting schemes.

How you place plants next to one another is vital if you don’t want it to look like an uninteresting messy mass of leaves when things aren’t flowering. The trick, I discovered, was more to do with the overall aspects of a plant and how you place certain characteristics together that creates really stunning planting schemes.

I have a very simple but effective method I use to choose which plants I place next to one another. Despite the actual method of choosing which plants to put next to one another being simple, there is still a lot to think about if you want to achieve great results.

I have a very simple but effective method I use to choose which plants I place next to one another. Despite the actual method of choosing which plants to put next to one another being simple, there is still a lot to think about if you want to achieve great results.

Plant Design Formula Course

Plant Design Formula Course

MODULE 1 – The dos and don’ts of plant design

MODULE 1 – The dos and don’ts of plant design

In this first module you will learn where to start with planning your planting scheme along with the 4 Steps to achieve a great planting plan. I will also discuss some very helpful plant choosing tools that will make finding the right plants for your garden much easier. We will also cover some tips on how to get past dealing with the dreaded latin plant names!

In this first module you will learn where to start with planning your planting scheme along with the 4 Steps to achieve a great planting plan. I will also discuss some very helpful plant choosing tools that will make finding the right plants for your garden much easier. We will also cover some tips on how to get past dealing with the dreaded latin plant names!

MODULE 2 – The 5 key elements of stunning planting schemes

MODULE 2 – The 5 key elements of stunning planting schemes

In this second module we look at the five key factors that really make a planting scheme look great. I’ll give you tips on how to make sure you easily incorporate these five key elements into your planting plan so you can achieve great results, like a professional garden designer, simply and easily.

In this second module we look at the five key factors that really make a planting scheme look great. I’ll give you tips on how to make sure you easily incorporate these five key elements into your planting plan so you can achieve great results, like a professional garden designer, simply and easily.

MODULE 3 – Creating different garden styles

MODULE 3 – Creating different garden styles

Once you know what the principles of plant design are, it’s now time to discover how you create different garden styles by changing the way you combine plants and the key plants associated with different garden styles. In this module I will give you a Style Guide that shows you how to create every garden style from contemporary through to traditional, formal styles and everything else in between.

Once you know what the principles of plant design are, it’s now time to discover how you create different garden styles by changing the way you combine plants and the key plants associated with different garden styles. In this module I will give you a Style Guide that shows you how to create every garden style from contemporary through to traditional, formal styles and everything else in between.

MODULE 4 – The planting plan system

MODULE 4 – The planting plan system

In this module you’ll learn the system that brings everything you’ve learned in the previous modules together. This system will make sure you achieve the results you want with your planting scheme. You’ll also learn some cunning and very simple visualisation tricks that will help you to ‘see’ how the finished planting scheme will look in your garden.

In this module you’ll learn the system that brings everything you’ve learned in the previous modules together. This system will make sure you achieve the results you want with your planting scheme. You’ll also learn some cunning and very simple visualisation tricks that will help you to ‘see’ how the finished planting scheme will look in your garden.

MODULE 5 – Useful tips for creating a truly stunning garden

MODULE 5 – Useful tips for creating a truly stunning garden

In this module I reveal all the tricks I use as a professional designer to make an established planting border look good without moving a single plant! I’ll also tell you all the tricks of the trade for purchasing plants at a discount, making sure you get the varieties you want and how to plant your garden on a tight budget.

In this module I reveal all the tricks I use as a professional designer to make an established planting border look good without moving a single plant! I’ll also tell you all the tricks of the trade for purchasing plants at a discount, making sure you get the varieties you want and how to plant your garden on a tight budget.

ADDT’L BONUS – Customisable plant database

ADDT’L BONUS – Customisable plant database

I’ll show you how to create your own plant database using a simple Excel spreadsheet. I’ll even include mine with nearly four hundred plants already in it. You can then search through plants for colour, size, type – eg. evergreen, etc to enable you to choose plants quickly and easily.

I’ll show you how to create your own plant database using a simple Excel spreadsheet. I’ll even include mine with nearly four hundred plants already in it. You can then search through plants for colour, size, type – eg. evergreen, etc to enable you to choose plants quickly and easily.

There are also 12 video tutorials, 3 inspirational plant galleries and a planting combinations guide included.

There are also 12 video tutorials, 3 inspirational plant galleries and a planting combinations guide included.

The Plant Design Formula shows you HOW to combine plants to create stunning combinations.

The Plant Design Formula shows you HOW to combine plants to create stunning combinations.

The Plant Design Formula – focuses on the aesthetics of plant design and will show you how to choose which plants to put together to create stunning planting combinations. This simple to follow, but in depth course, guides you step-by-step on how to create planting schemes to suit different garden styles from modern and contemporary through to traditional styles and everything in between.

The Plant Design Formula – focuses on the aesthetics of plant design and will show you how to choose which plants to put together to create stunning planting combinations. This simple to follow, but in depth course, guides you step-by-step on how to create planting schemes to suit different garden styles from modern and contemporary through to traditional styles and everything in between.

The course includes 6 video tutorials that walk you through, step-by-step, everything that is involved with creating the perfect planting scheme for your garden. The videos will also demonstrate how to create different garden

The course includes 6 video tutorials that walk you through, step-by-step, everything that is involved with creating the perfect planting scheme for your garden. The videos will also demonstrate how to create different garden

There’s also access to Rachel’s personal plant database, with nearly 400 plants cataloged by colour, size, shape, growing conditions and many more. You can add your own plant photos to the database to personalise it to suit your needs.

There’s also access to Rachel’s personal plant database, with nearly 400 plants cataloged by colour, size, shape, growing conditions and many more. You can add your own plant photos to the database to personalise it to suit your needs.

Including the 6 garden plant types and garden combination photo galleries

Including the 6 garden plant types and garden combination photo galleries

 The ENTIRE course is ONLINE so there is NO waiting for the postman. You will be emailed your course login details immediately after purchase.

 The ENTIRE course is ONLINE so there is NO waiting for the postman. You will be emailed your course login details immediately after purchase.

 Have the satisfaction of designing your own planting scheme, at a fraction of the cost of hiring a professional designer AND the knowledge and skills to help your friends and family with their gardens if you wish.

 Have the satisfaction of designing your own planting scheme, at a fraction of the cost of hiring a professional designer AND the knowledge and skills to help your friends and family with their gardens if you wish.

Buy now for only £197 ($257 USD)

Buy now for only £197 ($257 USD)

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Questions about the Plant Design Formula online course

Questions about the Plant Design Formula online course

 Do I need much gardening knowledge to use the techniques covered in the course?

 Do I need much gardening knowledge to use the techniques covered in the course?

No. Absolutely not. The course is designed to show both complete beginners and experienced gardeners a simple plant combining method that can be used any garden. 

No. Absolutely not. The course is designed to show both complete beginners and experienced gardeners a simple plant combining method that can be used any garden. 

What time and day does the course start?

What time and day does the course start?

The course is 100% online, with immediate access. So you can view it any time that is convenient for you, as many times as you want.

The course is 100% online, with immediate access. So you can view it any time that is convenient for you, as many times as you want.

 I live in the southern hemisphere, will your course still be relevant for me?

 I live in the southern hemisphere, will your course still be relevant for me?

Yes. The plant design techniques shown in the course work on any garden, anywhere! The principles of combining do not change, just the plant varieties do. The plants will need to suit your location but the underlying framework of good design is a constant and not location specific.

Yes. The plant design techniques shown in the course work on any garden, anywhere! The principles of combining do not change, just the plant varieties do. The plants will need to suit your location but the underlying framework of good design is a constant and not location specific.

 I'm an experienced gardener, will I really learn anything new?

 I'm an experienced gardener, will I really learn anything new?

You will definitely learn something new. The methods I teach in the Plant Design Formula are ones that I’ve developed over the last 20 years as a professional garden designer, so you won’t have come across them anywhere else. Good design is a completely different skill to gardening. What you’ll learn in the course will enhance your existing knowledge.

You will definitely learn something new. The methods I teach in the Plant Design Formula are ones that I’ve developed over the last 20 years as a professional garden designer, so you won’t have come across them anywhere else. Good design is a completely different skill to gardening. What you’ll learn in the course will enhance your existing knowledge.

How long does it take for the course to arrive?

How long does it take for the course to arrive?

The course is 100% online, so there’s no waiting for the postman. It’s instant access after your payment has gone though and you’ve clicked on the link contained in the welcome email, you’ll be sent your login information.

The course is 100% online, so there’s no waiting for the postman. It’s instant access after your payment has gone though and you’ve clicked on the link contained in the welcome email, you’ll be sent your login information.

I’m not a professional landscaper, I just want to improve my own dull garden! Is this going to be really technical?

I’m not a professional landscaper, I just want to improve my own dull garden! Is this going to be really technical?

The method I use to design a planting scheme has layers. It is both simple in concept and complex at the same time. I break it down in a way that allows you to choose just how in depth you want to go. 

The method I use to design a planting scheme has layers. It is both simple in concept and complex at the same time. I break it down in a way that allows you to choose just how in depth you want to go. 

How long does it take to complete the course?

How long does it take to complete the course?

That will depend on how much time you devote to it each week and your individual learning style. As a rough guide, the main design section of the Plant Design Formula could be completed over 1 weekend, but I would recommend you take at least 2 weekends to allow time for the information to be fully absorbed. The 5 Minute Plant Expert that are also included with the course can also be completed over a weekend.

That will depend on how much time you devote to it each week and your individual learning style. As a rough guide, the main design section of the Plant Design Formula could be completed over 1 weekend, but I would recommend you take at least 2 weekends to allow time for the information to be fully absorbed. The 5 Minute Plant Expert that are also included with the course can also be completed over a weekend.

Does the course include a certification or qualification?

Does the course include a certification or qualification?

No. The course has been primarily designed for homeowners who wish to improve their own garden without needing to attend a college course for weeks on end, so there is no qualification. That being said, I have had a lot of landscape professionals who’ve done the course and say that they’ve learned more from it than their professional certified training courses!

No. The course has been primarily designed for homeowners who wish to improve their own garden without needing to attend a college course for weeks on end, so there is no qualification. That being said, I have had a lot of landscape professionals who’ve done the course and say that they’ve learned more from it than their professional certified training courses!

What happens if I get stuck on part of the course and need help?

What happens if I get stuck on part of the course and need help?

You can ask Rachel any questions you have about the course material in the member’s area of the website.

You can ask Rachel any questions you have about the course material in the member’s area of the website.

Will you be able to look at my final planting plan and offer advice on it?

Will you be able to look at my final planting plan and offer advice on it?

This isn’t something that’s included in the course, but you can purchase a plan review service from Rachel, if you want her to double check your scheme.

This isn’t something that’s included in the course, but you can purchase a plan review service from Rachel, if you want her to double check your scheme.

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Examples of student gardens after completing the Plant Design Formula Course

Examples of student gardens after completing the Plant Design Formula Course

After

After