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I was involved in a design project recently where I worked with another designer on a series of conceptual designs for a developer. We discussed ideas and sketched on a plan around a table initially which gave us the opportunity to regularly change seat positions to view the garden from different perspectives.

Likewise, it is good to view your garden from different rooms as well as a variety of viewpoints in the garden. Give consideration as to whether the best use of space or view is being made to sell the house or gardens potential. I remember when I moved into my previous house a few years ago, my first task was to remove four conifers in my small back garden. One was in front of my kitchen window and another against one of the porch windows. The difference in light level was amazing and instantly transformed the internal rooms into bright spaces. I could see the benefits of removing these plants, but other potential buyers may not and therefore be put off by the lack of light.

There may be an opportunity to easily create the feeling of a private, intimate space from one particular room. For example, a bedroom with French doors could have a space designed for breakfasting by constructing a trellis or placing large pots for division. Selling a lifestyle is as important outdoors as it is indoors. Of course it is difficult. when selling a house in the winter, to promote the idea of how a garden can be used, but the emphasis can be placed on having it tidy and looking cared for.

noseat Before - plants overgrown path, view up garden restricted

seat After - planting pruned, seat partially in view to entice user to walk up the garden path

I would usually leave much of the dead foliage of perennials that have interesting colour or texture but as these can break or look unkempt in windy weather, so I would cut them back or remove altogether for selling purposes. Clean all paved surfaces, particularly decking and smooth stone to prevent anyone from slipping when viewing the property. Good lighting at the entrance is always beneficial particularly if it is subtle and welcoming. Harsh security lighting doesn't create a friendly invitation to visit. Less is more is always a good policy where garden lighting is concerned. So although it is more of a challenge in winter to show the potential your garden has, it shouldn't be neglected and a little effort to keep it looking at its best for the time of year, should reap rewards.