Some of our clients have kindly given permission for their comments to be published below:
"I am really delighted with my beautiful new garden. I spent years thinking about what to do and how to do it as well as who I could get to do the works and ultimately whether I would be happy with the workmanship and final result. So relieved to have asked Zinnia to do all this for me. Angela listened to my long list of asks and designed a practical and fabulous space combining hard landscaping and beautiful plants, incorporating wasted areas in my garden to maximise the space and visual interest throughout the year. Her wealth of experience shone through immediately. The final design was brought to life by Mick whose workmanship was fantastic. I have no hesitation in recommending Zinnia to anyone who wants to get the best from their garden."
Miss D - Hadleigh, Suffolk
"Our experience of working with Angela very much reflects the testimonials below. Having had a conservatory and some hard landscape work done, we were left with an uninspiring garden, lots of blank wall, and a very ugly oil tank to hide. Thanks to her, we now have a wonderfully colourful garden, walls that are no longer bare, and a tank that is all but invisible."
"We had few ideas of what we wanted, but once a colour scheme had been agreed, Angela was able to show us the plants she thought would best suit us, our soil, and the garden's aspect. She then produced a wonderfully detailed garden plan so that we could see the full layout, and once this was agreed, she acquired the plants and completed the planting. The results were amazing; we spent the year watching wave after wave of colour as the plants developed and grew, and we now look forward to the Spring and the results of her bulb planting in the Autumn."
"We would unreservedly recommend Angela. Thanks to her we have a garden we enjoy and are proud of. She also used her influence as a recognised garden designer to our great advantage in helping to resolve an issue we had with our paving slabs, and for this too we are immensely grateful."
Mr and Mrs H - Bildeston, Suffolk
"Having moved into my house about three years ago, I inherited a garden with a garage within it, lots of weeds and two Photinia Red Robins planted very close to the fence and leaning over. All in all it was a mis-shapen space with no attractive features."
"Having demolished the garage and laid membrane and gravel to kill the weeds, I ended up with a perfect square but was then at a loss to know what to do. Using the base of the garage as a patio and having visited a local builders merchant for ideas, I noticed a lovely design there by Zinnia Garden Design."
"I contacted Angela and she came to visit. She listened to my thoughts and I liked her calm confidence that we could transform the garden. She came up with a perfect solution for the area. I suffer with a bad back so grass was out as were low flower beds. I now have two sculptured, raised oak sleeper beds and a beautiful design for my gravel garden incorporating perfect shrubs and perennials, all in colours that I love and which are easy to maintain."
"Angela and her team were on hand at all times and it was so lovely to be able to go to work and leave trusted, hardworking people on hand with Angela project managing."
Mrs S - Colchester, Essex
"After the removal of black bamboo which had taken over our back garden, we had a virtually blank canvas for Angela to work on. Our remit was a garden in shades of blue, pale yellow and silver to attract butterflies and bees. We were able to have input into the plans and Angela provided pictures of all the plants incorporated into the design. The surface was hard packed clay but soil improver was delivered and the whole garden rotavated."
"Throughout the planting programme, Angela kept us informed of the progress and suggested slight alterations to the original plans, all of which have been incorporated into the finished layout."
"We are thrilled with the results and, in just the first season, our visitors are commenting on how lovely the garden looks - and the butterflies and bees love it too!"
Mr and Mrs G - Clare, Suffolk
"After having had a fairly mediocre (and extremely expensive) experience of garden design in the past, we needed to get back into the water as our new house had such an uninspiring, small garden and we really did need help. How different this time round! From day one Angela was absolutely marvellous. She listened to what we had in mind whilst at the same time steering us gently in the direction of what would actually work in such a confined space. The result is better than we could have hoped - the garden is a true 'outside room', easy to maintain and stylish. What is more, she has somehow managed to make it look bigger than it was, despite having had to fence off a section at the end for the oil tank. And all this cleverly within the budget that we had set!"
"In addition to Angela's encyclopaedic knowledge of plants and planting, she project managed the work wonderfully and the ground work was quickly, efficiently and expertly undertaken by Mick."
"We would recommend Angela wholeheartedly - and, indeed, already have!"
Mr and Mrs S - Monks Eleigh, Suffolk
"Just a note to thank you for transforming our garden from a very ordinary and rather dull one to a place of beauty and delight, where we are happy to spend our time and enjoy the imaginative and colorful outcome of your design and planting skills."
"From the very start of the planning process we have been impressed with the way you have listened to our ideas and given guidance when what we had imagined was not really sensible, but at the same time were prepared to change some of your original ideas which weren't immediately right for us. The "Hard landscaping" was done in good time, and your planting has been very successful. All in all a totally professional service and a joyous outcome! We look forward to many happy years is the garden."
"We have had many very positive comments about our new garden, and are pleased to recommend your
advice and services without hesitation."
Mr and Mrs A - Colchester, Essex
"Although we have been living in our house for over 25 years I had never really been interested or had time to do much to the garden. However when my daughter got engaged and said she wanted to get married at home I realised I would have to do something fairly drastic to make the garden fit for a wedding!"
"A friend told me about Angela and after telling her about my predicament she said she was sure she could help. My brief to her was to 'get something colourful flowering in the garden on July 7th' and 'for it not to cost too much'".
"Angela suggested that the easiest and cheapest way of improving the overall look of the garden was to create two flowerbeds under an existing pergola in the middle of the garden. After a discussion about the type of flowers and colours I preferred she produced a planting plan, arranged for the beds to be dug, sourced the plants and came and planted them. She was very flexible and would do as little or as much as I wanted - which was a huge help to me to keep within my budget."
"She was very knowledgeable, extremely helpful and patient all the way through the process, assuring me that something would be flowering at the correct time, (when I doubted it!) and giving me lots of advice on other aspects of the garden."
"Virtually everybody who came to the wedding at the beginning of July remarked how lovely the garden was looking and friends who had not been to the house for a few months, and who knew of my lack of gardening skills, were literally 'stunned' when they came into the garden."
"I did own up that I'd had a lot of help from Angela!"
"Having first met Angela through the recommendation of a local builder's merchant, we were impressed with her initial thoughts and interpretation of our initial ideas for the design of a patio, pergola and flower beds to replace a piece of 'tired' lawn. We enjoyed working through the design process and discussing the planting options with her, encouraged by Angela's knowledge of plants and garden design. With the design agreed, Angela managed the relationship with the preferred landscaper who completed the work on time and on budget."
"The end result is a feature space which has already drawn many enthusiastic and admiring comments. We are delighted with the outcome and are waiting with anticipation for the plants and shrubs to mature!"
"We would have no hesitation in recommending Angela's services to anyone seeking a professional solution for a garden design."
Mr and Mrs K - Colchester, Essex
"Having recently had a conservatory built, we decided that after 20 yrs of 'making do' with a badly laid patio and patchy lawn and solid clay flower beds that we would seek the services of a landscape designer. We saw Angela's advert in a local magazine and invited her to produce some ideas for us. Angela created 2 designs, aspects of which we combined into the final plan. Angela arranged for two landscape companies to provide quotes, she then oversaw all the work which was completed in Oct 2011. We were very pleased with the way in which Angela managed the project and we are delighted with the final outcome. We would thoroughly recommend Angela's services to anyone looking for a professional solution."
Mr and Mrs W - Colne Engaine, Essex
"Our garden has been transformed from an uninspiring rectangular patch of lawn into a garden of many parts, featuring circular lawns and planting which gives us something of interest to look at all year round. Angela's design has also succeeded in making our garden appear larger. We were very pleased with her management of the garden construction and subsequent planting. She now maintains the garden for us on a regular basis. We would not hesitate to recommend Angela's design and maintenance services further."
Mr and Mrs C - Boxford, Suffolk
"We have a big garden which was difficult to maintain. Angela redesigned it to incorporate a paved and decked patio area and a large vegetable garden next to the kitchen. She also managed to redesign our borders whilst retaining our favourite plants. The children are delighted with their cycle paths and play area. Many thanks for a job well done."
Mr and Mrs T - Colchester, Essex