Design & Consultancy

Advice & Soft Landscaping Plans

Need a little extra help with your planting? Our experienced team can give you first-hand advice on your selection of trees, shrubs and grasses. 

A site visit provides you with ideas and practical information whether you plan to establish a new garden, re-invigorate an existing garden, or require feedback on tree/shrub related problems. We will assign a team member with expertise best suited to your site, ensuring you receive quality information on plants to suit your tastes, area and conditions. 

Our services range from a simple consultation to a premium landscape design service for residential projects. Check out our options below, and book online at the bottom of the page. 

On-Site Consultation

Your ideal starting point. This initial 30-60 minute on-site consultation can help you with: 

  • Assessing the scope of your project
  • Identifying plants, pests & diseases.
  • Assessing the suitability of trees and shrubs.
  • Advice for shelterbelts, woodlots and orchard blocks if you’re on a rural property.
  • Aftercare & maintenance tips.
  • A free plant supply quote for simple projects. 
On site consultation only from $300
Consultation to scope design project from $250

Soft Landscape Design

The most popular option for your planting project. We’ll work with your site requirements and preferred planting palette to develop a detailed soft landscaping plan. This a great option for new builds. 

We recommend an On-Site Consultation first, but can also work directly off your site plans. 

  • Digitally drawn soft landscape plan
  • Basic plant palette
  • Plant supply quote
  • 1 hour Plant Centre visit to discuss your plan
  • Option to include hard landscaping & materials.
  • 1 free revision. 
Typical residential design ranges from $750-$1100 Lifestyle & rural properties $POA depending on scope.

Premium Landscape Design

If you’re looking for planting expertise from start to finish, this package is a great option. We’ll help you develop your dream garden.  

We recommend an On-Site Consultation first, but can work directly off your site plans if you’d prefer.

  • Digitally drawn soft landscape plan. 
  • Detailed plant palette including handy plant information, key features and characteristics. 
  • Plant supply quote 
  • 1 hour Plant Centre visit to discuss your plan
  • 1 hour plant set out on your site, working with client and/or landscaper.
  • Option to include follow-up 1 hour site visit 1-3 months post-planting to check progress, discuss additional stages and provide handy maintenance tips.
  • A scaled PDF plan, with optional hardcopies if required.
  • Option to include hard landscaping & materials.
  • 2 free revisions.

From $1250

What's Included

The three consultation options all include: 

  • 25km mileage (Calculated to and from the nursery). Additional mileage is charged at $1.50 per km. 
  • A dedicated staff member for your project. See consultation times on your package. Additional time charged is charged at $25 per 15 mins or part thereof.

Plus, landscape design customers will receive 10% off the retail price of their plants for 6 months.

Excludes quantity discounts, vouchers and specials. 

Additional Services

There’s plenty more we can help with:

  • Hardcopy planting plans if required. 
  • We can deliver or freight your plants nationwide
  • We’re happy to provide a virtual design service for clients out of Canterbury.
  • We can help with extras like design, plan revisions, plant placement or consultations.  Additional time charged is charged at $25 per 15 mins or part thereof. 

Katie Costain


Katie is the newest member of the Southern Woods design team. She is an award-winning landscape architect with over 10 years of experience working in Christchurch and Wellington.

Specialising in residential landscape design, Katie creates designs that are fit for purpose, beautiful, and blend seamlessly into their surroundings. She enjoys working alongside her clients to develop their ideas and loves helping them to achieve their garden goals.

  • Gold Medal – ‘Bubbles in the Garden’ exhibition garden at Grow Ōtautahi – Christchurch Garden Festival   
  • Supreme Award for Construction – New Zealand Flower and Garden Show, Auckland
  • Silver Medal Major Garden Exhibition Category, Ellerslie International Flower Show.

Katie is currently on maternity leave for the remainder of 2022. She’ll be back on board early next year. 

Major Garden Exhibition Category,
Ellerslie International Flower Show, Christchurch

“Designing your garden should be an enjoyable and rewarding experience. The beauty of a well thought out landscape, is its ability to bring a property to life.”

Chris Smith


Chris is our Plant Centre Manager, able to bring a wealth of knowledge to your consultation. He specialises in lifestyle blocks, courtyard planting ideas and perennial gardens.

Having worked in Clifton Nurseries in the heart of London, Chris brings along a wealth of knowledge in perennials and exotic specimen trees. A stint at Landsendt in Auckland has led Chris to his passion for palm trees.

He has a background in parklands and specimen tree plantings, combined with a great understanding of native and exotic shrubs.

"My style can often be found in a mixture of colour, form and foliage, with seasonality as a focus."

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