Phillip Withers is known for our ability to act natural and create environments rich with both native and productive plant-life. For us it’s about creating a sensory experience and a connection back to the natural landscape. Established in 2012 by Director Phillip Withers, the company has grown to become a team of dedicated landscape designers, architects and horticulturists with a true love of plant-life and an ability to paint the landscape with nature.


Landscape Design
Our landscape designers come with a background in horticulture and can be unparalleled in their knowledge of the local environment and local plant species. They possess the requisite experience and knowledge of plant types to be able to effectively visualise how a garden will look in five or ten years, once various plants and trees have grown to maturity.

Landscape Architecture
Our licensed landscape architects plan and design public outdoor spaces alongside the restoration of natural places disturbed by humans such as wetlands, stream corridors, mined areas, and forested land. An education in and respect for historic landscapes and cultural resources allows our landscape architects to work on preservation planning projects across all scales.

Our horticulturists are trained plant specialists, applying their knowledge, skills, and technologies to grow intensively produced plants for food, non-food, personal and social needs. Their work involves plant propagation and cultivation with the aim of improving plant growth, yields, quality, nutritional value, and resistance to insects, diseases, and environmental stresses. They work alongside our architects and designers as gardeners, growers, therapists and technical advisors.

Our Approach


Design Consultation / Briefing
We look forward to the opportunity to get to know our clients. This enables us to develop a first-hand and comprehensive understanding of your lifestyle. It also helps us to create a sense of place. In order to get to know you a bit better, we will organise a client briefing, in which we will run through all aspects of your project to ensure the most beneficial outcome for you.

  • Inspect site to assess conditions, input and possible use of existing elements
  • Conduct site analysis to further understand the opportunities and constraints of the site
  • Detail design process and project estimates with client based on previous project history
  • Confirm detailed landscape design program
  • Attend client briefing
  • Draft project brief
  • Present brief, inspiration and proposal at a formal Approach meeting at Phillip Withers studio

Concept Design
We will consolidate the approved brief and form conceptual schematic designs. Once completed, these designs will be presented to include the concept plans & elevations. The design concept will be utilised to create a preliminary budget estimate for review against the planning budget.

  • Develop an initial concept to recognise services, utilities and function
  • Draft schematic design & compile relevant imagery
  • Present concept design package
  • Make minor adjustments to design where necessary
  • Collate a preliminary budget estimate for softscape and hardscape elements
  • Confirm client approval to proceed to design development phase

Concept Package. 1 x hard copy (A3), soft copy

  • Landscape Vision – Precedent Imagery & VisionOverall Landscape Areas – Plan View
  • Overall Landscape Plan – Plan View
  • Detailed plans of each landscape area – Plan View & precedent imagery
  • Elevations – Elevation & material imagery
  • Plant Palette – Trees, shrubs, groundcovers
  • 1 x Concept Presentation Meeting
  • 1 x set of amendments to the design to be signed off by client
  • Preliminary budget estimate
  • Assess and prepare for town planning requirements if required

Design Development (not for construction issue)
The Design Development planning stage will contain a visual representation, defining accurate schedules to be outlined by two sets of plans under planting and hardscape. The following details will be included in the package: planting detail, surfaces and finished detail, lighting and drainage.

  • Prepare softscape and hardscape plans & details
  • Gather material samples for material finishes palette
  • Present design development package & palette
  • Make minor adjustments to design where necessary
  • Review design against cost and update budget estimate
  • Confirm client approval to proceed to construction documentation phase

Design Development package. 1 x hard copy (A3), soft copy 

  • Landscape Areas Plan
  • Surface treatment Plans
  • Details & elevations
  • Planting Plans (if required)
  • Plant palette (if required)
  • Material schedule
  • Material finishes palette
  • 1 x Design Development Presentation Meeting
  • 1 x set of amendments to the design to be signed off by client
  • Revised budget estimate

Tender Documentation (for construction issue)
We provide all detailed finishings of the design in preparation for construction/ installation, listing finished details, methods, and dimensions to all outdoor elements. The final design is provided as an A1 or A2 black and white paper print with digital copy.

  • Co-ordinate all drawings and documentation with other consultants
  • Make minor adjustments to design details where necessary
  • Review design against cost and update budget estimate
  • Confirm client approval to proceed to Tender phase

Construction package. 1 x soft copy

  • Demolition Plans
  • Surface treatment Plans
  • Setout Plans
  • Details & elevations
  • Planting Plans (if required)
  • Plant palette (if required
  • Material finishes schedule
  • Budget estimate

We will guide you through the process of selecting the best landscape construction team for your project. We aim to obtain and review professional and licensed contractors proposal to ensure you get the best value and outcome for your garden.

  • Develop Construction Program and Prototype Information
  • Issue RFP to preferred contractors
  • Liaise with Landscape Construction Project Manager
  • Assist Project Manager in adhering to the Design Documentation in preparing their quote
  • Attend site meetings where necessary
  • Minor adjustments to tender documentation during and post tender where necessary
  • Issue of minor tender amendments where required
  • Attend site meetings with Project Manager
  • Issue documentation as required for the tender
  • Present proposal and provide recommendation for additional consultants or professionals where required

Contract Administration
A lead designer from the Phillip Withers team will oversee the construction phase to ensure that all details from the design are successfully carried through to the build. We will help manage unforeseen decisions on site and make design changes where necessary.

  • Build detailed construction program from selected contractor
  • Clarify detailed information with Project Manager
  • Clarify contract documents with Project Manager where required
  • Attend site meetings during programmed schedule
  • Coordinate work undertaken by consultants
  • Review variations as necessary
  • Undertake a defects inspection and prepare Defects Schedule prior to project sign-off
  • Issue Defects Schedule to Project Manager
  • Sign off on defects and confirm with client
  • Construction Program
  • Site meeting and inspection
  • Drawing detail review as required
  • Design Advice (DA) notices as required
  • Defects Schedule

Plant Procurement/Installation
Our Horticulture team can install your plants using best practice methods to promote swift establishment and prolonged growth. The benefits of having us plant for you is any necessary adjustments will be made on site by the designer. We also only provide the highest quality stock, selected from the best-approved suppliers in Australia.

  • Soil testing as required
  • Plant sourcing and delivery of plants to site
  • Placement and coordination of plants
  • Soil improvement and fertilisers as required
  • Installation of plants in appropriate positions
  • Mulching to finish if specified
  • Plant care assessment
  • Soil improvement and fertilisers as required
  • Plant installation to plan specifications and Australian Standards
  • Mulching to finish if specified
  • 3 x complimentary plant care visits following installation to assess and advise on planting

Horticulture Maintenance
Plant care is essential for gardens to thrive and maintain their desired look and health. We provide a site-specific maintenance plan after initial assessment. We provide a written irrigation program and also provide ongoing scheduled garden maintenance with a focus on plants which adapts to seasonal changes and the specific requirements of your garden.

  • Site assessment
  • Develop a tailored Garden Maintenance Plan including all services to be provided for the garden
  • Source plants and materials as necessary
  • Soil improvement and fertilisers as required
  • Installing plants in appropriate positions
  • Pruning and mowing services as required
  • Mulching as required
  • Pest and weed control as required
  • Garden Maintenance Plan
  • Implementation of maintenance plan including pruning, planting, mowing, mulching etc
  • Plant installation to Australian Standards

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