Rural & Country Landscape Design Selwyn

Innovative design for the discerning

We design both new gardens and revamp and add impact to existing ones

Taylor Design - Landscape Architecture (est.1978) are extremely passionate when involved in the planning process of any project... there are many new, stimulating and refreshing things emerging in our industry, both home grown and globally, trends and design ideas are ever changing and evolving, it's exciting and continually provides a platform for interesting design.

At Taylor Design - Landscape Architecture we understand the essential key design components:

  • Spatial awareness
  • Proportion
  • Scale
  • Shape
  • Balance

To successfully design in any discipline it is important to understand these components to make any design work and work well. It's primarily about successfully aligning and balancing these components.

Remember back to a time when you felt something just didn't look or feel right. You may not have grasped what was actually wrong but you sensed it wasn't right! That was probably because the components weren't aligned or balanced correctly. Often this is where there's significant disparity... between an unskilled person and a professional. Remember the old adage… “You pay for what you get”… Choose wisely!

Design plans are a fantastic way to incorporate all the things you want. Taylor Design - Landscape Architecture will plan your desired garden with the future in mind. Your plan can be implemented as your time and funds permit.

If you have the resources you can complete the entire garden, however if you want to work within a series of budgets that fantastic, you can simply work on one area at a time as time and funds are available.

Food for thought!…

I'm sure sometime in the past you can recall thinking I don't want to spend the money to employ a professional, only to find out that you should have. Hind sight is a wonderful thing as the saying goes.

Often the price of something will influence or dictate our decisions on whether or not to engage a professional. I can't stress strongly enough! If funds are limited… whatever you do don't penny pinch on Investing in professional design, you don’t want to get it wrong or sell yourself short! Especially when it's your house, or some other real-estate on the line. Presentation is paramount when investing in or on selling a property.

If a design professional is working with you in a genuine professional capacity, the fees charged or quoted will be money well invested, often saving you many thousands of dollars over and above the fees charged.

The problem for most of us we only focus on the initial price tag or outlay. The price of something is one thing, but the true cost especially if you get it wrong is quite another!

More times than I care to remember, we have saved clients thousands of dollars on their landscaping by offering alternative ideas, which will often cost much less than the idea a client has been focused on. The fees charged have been well and truly paid for, plus some... Let alone how we can add tremendous value to your property.

Maybe you want to put your property on the market and need that X Factor to help make it stand out. Or maybe you’re having trouble selling a property and require help; we can provide you the ideas to improve the presentation and marketability of your property. We have solid expertise in this area.

Taylor Design - Landscape Architecture can make improvement and add tremendous value to your real-estate.

Landscaping is a creative investment tool and often is tax deductible.

Simply fill out our online enquiry form or call us on Ph: 03 325 2404 to have a chat or make an appointment for us to come out and see you on site.


We can help:

With proportioning the correct amount of space for the patio/courtyard and garden area, determine the position and shape of the driveway and parking areas. Advise on fencing/walls etc. for shelter, division, containment and privacy.

Swimming pool, spa, tennis court placement, patios and courtyards etc.
Special features e.g. water features ponds, shade and overhead structures, raised and walled gardens and ornamentation e.g. pots sculptures garden seats and benches. Outdoor fires, barbeques etc.c.


Plants selection:

Plants are arranged for shelter and too for their ornamental attributes, height, colour, texture and suitability to your specific geographic location and site.


Landscape Design Packages:

Our landscape design plans and packages are sequenced and include the following:

  • Travel to and from site.
  • Site consultation - meet and discuss with client their requirements.
  • Measure site if required.

Stage 1

Preparation of scaled preliminary landscape plan. This can include driveways, patios, courtyards, walls, fencing, special features e.g. water feature, raised garden beds.

  • Designation of all garden areas and shaping, lawn areas and can include special features e.g. shade structures, spa pool, ponds, swimming pools, outdoor fires and BBQ's etc.
  • Provide 2 copies of plans, 1 coloured, and 1 black and white. Meet with client to explain plan. Changes that may be required are included.

Stage 2

Completion of landscaping plan - this includes detailed planting and plant schedule; if any construction specifications relevant to plan are required these will often be included.

  • Provide 2 copies of final plan, 1 coloured, and 1 black and white. Meet with client to explain plan.

Other packages available:

We also provide packages for Developers, Home Build Companies and Builders.

All enquiries welcome.


If a design professional is working with you in a genuine professional capacity, the fees charged or quoted will be money well invested, often saving you many thousands of dollars over and above the fees charged.

The problem for most of us we look at the initial price tag or outlay. The cost of something is one thing, but the true cost especially if you get it wrong is quite another!

More times than I care to remember, we have saved clients thousands of dollars on their landscaping by providing alternative ideas, which will often cost much less than the idea a client has been focused on. The fees charged have been well and truly paid for plus some... Let alone how we can make improvement too and add tremendous value to your property.

Maybe you want to put your property on the market and need that X Factor to help make it stand out. Or maybe you’re having trouble selling a property and require help; we can provide you the ideas to improve the presentation and marketability of your property. We have solid expertise in this area.

Taylor Design - Landscape Architecture can make improvement and add tremendous value to your real-estate.

Landscaping is a creative investment tool and often is tax deductible.

Simply fill out our online enquiry form or call us on Ph: 03 325 2404 to have a chat or make an appointment for us to come out and see you on site.

I'm sure sometime in the past you can recall thinking I don't want to spend the money to employ a professional, only to find out that you should have.  Hind sight is a wonderful thing as the saying goes.

Often the price of something will influence or dictate our decisions, however I can't stress strongly enough! If funds are limited … whatever you do don't penny pinch on Investing in professional design, you don’t want to get it wrong or sell yourself short! Especially when it's your house, home, or any other form of real-estate. Presentation is paramount when investing or on selling.

If a design professional is working with you in a genuine professional capacity, the fees charged or quoted will be money well invested, often saving you many thousands of dollars over and above the fees charged.

The problem for most of us we look at the initial price tag or outlay. The cost of something is one thing, but the true cost especially if you get it wrong is another. This can be very costly indeed!

More times than I care to remember, we have saved clients thousands of dollars on their landscaping by providing alternative ideas which costs much less than the idea a client has been focused on. The fees charged have been well and truly paid for plus some... Let alone how we can make improvement and add tremendous value to your property.

Design plans are a fantastic way to incorporate all the things you want Taylor Design - Landscape Architecture will plan your desired garden with the future in mind. Your plan can be implemented as your time and funds permit. If you have the resources you can completed the entire garden, if however you want to work within a series of budgets that fantastic, because you simply cost out from the plan what you can afford to completed at any one time, and simply progress as time and funds are available.

The main thing is that when the landscaping has been completed you derive all the financial and personal benefits that a professionally designed garden provides.

At David Taylor Landscape Architecture we plan and design outdoor environments and gardens for farms, and lifestyle blocks. Never before have there been such awareness, emphasis and importance placed on achieving a successful integration between the interior and exterior architectural components of the home whilst ensuring the created landscape fits with the environment beyond. Landscaping is the thing that fuses, melds and anchors the built structure of your house/home with that of the land.

Rural design is an interesting area to work in; it has a unique criterion given that many of the works in the rural environs are of larger scale to that of urban spaces. At David Taylor Landscape Architecture we believe design is more about illusion than design itself.

When working and creating within larger spaces it's important to think of the space as being generous and spacious not big and clumsy especially the areas sited closer to the home. Areas such as the patio or courtyard, the living areas. These spaces if worked well provide a great opportunity for the inhabitants to feel cosy and comfortable, not too open or feeling uncomfortable and ungainly, lacking intimacy and cosiness which will occur if the proportion and scale of an area is too large.

For example you're looking out from your house across the garden, it's a huge space without definition … you know in reality that it's a big awkward open space.  However it doesn’t have to be this way.

Taylor Design - Landscape Architecture see these as a spaces having amazing potential. By semi dividing the one huge space into smaller areas and skilfully altering the scale and proportions, you can create the feeling of intimacy and cosiness.

We can further reinforce this by the careful selection of the materials. Lighter coloured and larger paving creates to feeling of spaciousness, true also if you want to make an area feel smaller you can do the opposite.

By combining and contrasting rough and smooth textures in the materials such as fencing, incorporating a vista beyond to create length to an area. Choosing tall thin plants with blending or muted colours creates the illusion of distance, ones with brighter colour and bolder leaves make us believe they are close to us, by skilfully combining and contrasting these elements we distort and confuse our sense of reality tricking them into believing something exists when in reality it doesn't.

Having said this, it is extremely crucial not to simply make a series of small out of proportioned areas that don’t fit well with the greater environment.


We can help:

With the positioning of your new house and any amenity and ancillary buildings. Help with defining the amount of space for the house block and garden area, the position and shape of driveway and parking areas. Advise on fencing/walls etc. for shelter, division, containment and privacy.

Swimming pool, spa, tennis court positioning, patios and courtyards etc. Special features e.g. water features, ponds shade and overhead structures, raised and walled gardens and ornamentation e.g. pots sculptures garden seats and benches Outdoor fires and barbeques etc.


Plants selection:

Arranged for shelter and ornamental attribute, height, colour, texture and suitability to your specific geographic location and site.

Taylor Design - Landscape Architecture have over 35 years’ experience working in the rural sector. We ensure these outdoor spaces we create provide the best of both worlds, comfy and cosy, yet generously spacious ensuring you enjoy all the benefits of your rural lifestyle.

Another thing we consider very important. We design with ease of maintenance in mind, ensuring you have all the advantages of enjoying a larger garden without being a slave to it. Taylor Design - Landscape Architecture have the expertise to create a garden which is truly stunning yet is very easy to maintain.

Maybe you are having trouble with or wanting to sell your property and require help? We can give you ideas on how to improve the presentation and marketability of a property and prepare it ready to meet the market.


Landscape Designer Christchurch