CDP project manages all aspects and skills required to complete your landscape design and/or construction requirement.

We specialise in Landscape Architecture and Design as well as construction services – managing your project from beginning to end, on time and within budget. We also offer an individually tailored onsite garden consultation service for those just looking for ideas and direction, as well a garden maintenance service.


Garden consultation & design advice.

This is an on-site garden consultation and assessment with a qualified and registered Landscape Architect – the most qualified professional in the landscape industry. During this consultation, using our 20+ years of landscaping and garden design experience, we will discuss everything about your outdoor space, from how you want to use your garden, what you want to achieve from your space to how you want to feel when you are in it. We spend time with you understanding your requirements and at the end of the consultation you will have a firm idea on how your new outdoor space is going to look, feel and work. Prior to our meeting we ask you to fill in a questionnaire, and during our consultation you will gain design and planning ideas and on the spot hand drawn sketches.

- Qualified Landscape Architect with over 20 years experience
- 2+ hour consultation and onsite appraisal
- Practical, creative and on budget solutions


If you would like to further pursue and visualise the design concepts, you may like to consider our comprehensive and complete Landscape Architecture and Design service which will bring the creative vision to life through a schematic sketch and a computer drafted plan.

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Landscape Architecture & Design.

There are several stages to creating and delivering your new garden design. These necessary steps ensure you we deliver the outdoor garden of your dreams, and one, which ultimately compliments your lifestyle, how you live and the space you live in.

Client Meeting

From the earliest design stages to final construction, we aim to establish and maintain clear and continual lines of communication throughout the project.

Site Survey

Landscape design works best when it accommodates all uses of a piece of land. Accurate surveying allows the design to incorporate existing characteristics of the space as well as human traffic and other items that must be retained in the final design.

When completing a site survey we note the following:

  • On-site measure
  • Photo record
  • Levels and services check
  • Architectural features
  • Statutory and municipal considerations

Site Analysis

The site analysis helps us understand issues specific to the property and how they can be best used to create a functional and enjoyable outdoor living space. Through this step, we assess optimum views of the house’s exterior, as well as views from inside the home. We also consider views you have of your neighbouring properties and vice versa. The site analysis includes important items that are addressed in creating an overall landscape design.

Through the site analysis we review the:

  • Client requirements
  • Opportunities and constraints
  • Views/aspect/circulation

Schematic Sketch Design

The information gathered from the site survey and analysis is used to generate a schematic plan. This plan is a drawing showing the building, hardscapes and topography of the site with proposed solutions. It can be evaluated so that changes can be made to arrive at the final plan.


The steps involved in creating a schematic plan are:

  • Conceive concept scheme
  • Freehand graphic scale plan (1:50/1:100/1:200)
  • Areas of general layout
  • Notional levels
  • Present for review and feedback
  • Budget costing considerations and construction staging options

Design Development

Upon approval of the schematic design, computer drafted plan/s (CAD drawing) are created which show the layout of plantings and hardscapes as well as listings of plant materials, sizes, quantities and specifications on hardscapes etc.

The design development includes the overall detailed resolution which covers:

          • Nominated finish list
          • Lighting layout
          • Planting design

Once agreed on the final plan CDP can either prepare an itemised construction quote for consideration or where a full landscape architectural and garden design consultant service is requested, CDP can provide Detail Documentation & Contract Administration

Detail Documentation & Contract Administration

CDP can provide the full consultant service in much the same way architects do for house design, where the works are competitively tendered for construction. To ensure the costing process is thorough, CDP will provide all the necessary documentation for this happen.


1. Detail Documentation

  • Proceed with detailing the approved landscape design works to produce working drawings for construction
  • Setout plan and dimensioning
  • Elevation and sections
  • Structure details
  • Opinion of probable cost

2. Tender Preparation & Evaluation

  • Prepare contract documentation
  • Prepare and distribute tender documentation
  • Provide tender review and assessment
  • Tender recommendations

3. Contract Administration

  • Carry out contract administration during construction
  • Provide instructions to clarify contract documentation
  • Undertake periodic site inspections
  • Check work in progress regarding design quality control, material selection and performance as described in the contract documents
  • Prepare minutes of site meetings/inspections.(allowance for 6 site meetings)
  • Review and approve claims
  • Practical completion inspection and prepare defects report

Construction services and project management.

CDP manages a qualified team that allows us to provide a fully integrated design and landscape construction service for your landscape design project. With a reputation for attention to detail, cost transparency and great communication, we work with some of Melbourne’s leading Architects, Interior Designers and other Landscape Architects and Garden Designers requiring landscape construction management services. With 20+ years experience in project management, construction management and practices, we are able to provide a tailored service for our private and public realm clients that includes:

Accurately costing works
Providing a program schedule of timing
Staging construction to meet budget requirements
All works are contracted for defects/warranty and plant establishment. Working closely with our clients we aim to ensure that the process is seamless and an enjoyable experience for all.

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Garden maintenance.

We understand the investment that people make for their outdoor solutions and any ongoing upkeep is fully explained to clients before a scheme is approved.
When ongoing maintenance is required, Colombo Design Partnership provides the services of our garden consultants who understand the levels of quality and consistency that is required to ensure that your garden looks great all year round.

The care packages that we offer for your consideration are:

Plant Establishment Program
6 Month Care Program
12 Month Care Program
Plant Establishment Program

This 12 week program is included as an option to your quote and begins at the conclusion of your garden constructions.

Weekly site visit
Fertilise plants
Weed garden beds
Replace any dead plants at no additional cost.
6 Month Care Program

This care program is ongoing for a 6 month period after your garden is completed. This package is made of the 12 Week Plant Establishment Program and also includes:

Service and testing on all lights including connections, bulb replacements on request, cleaning lens and fitting.
Irrigation testing including pressure test on system, filter check and clean, re-program for new seasons, full review at end of 6 month period.
Full garden work-over including a lawn weed and feed, garden bed weeding, fertilise garden beds including addition of compost and soil turnover, plants replaced at cost, pruning.
Pressure clean decks/woodwork or acid wash paving and clean associated drains.
12 Month Care Program

This care program is ongoing for a 12 month period after your garden is completed. This package is inclusive of the Plant Establishment Program, and an extension of the 6 Month Care Program. What this means is that there is a full garden work-over every 3 months. Extended period of service and testing on the irrigation and lighting systems plus the pavers or woodwork included in the landscape will be re-sealed or re-stained.

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