Welcome to Foliage Planting Design

Foliage Planting Design is owned by Alison MacDonald who is a qualified horticulturist and garden designer. Based in Edinburgh. Alison has a wide knowledge of plants and offers a flexible approach to soft landscaping and planting design projects, big or small.

Using plants Alison can transform your garden into an attractive space. Plants can enhance your property and surroundings. Ideally your garden should give you enjoyment throughout the seasons and good planting just gets better with time, giving you something interesting to look at all year round.

Design Considerations

It is important to position plants with care, choosing which ones work well together and ensuring they will thrive in the right growing conditions.

Consideration must also be given to form, texture, colour and season of interest, and your likes and dislikes. Horticultural considerations are also important, such as soil type, aspect of the garden, (sun, shade, wind level, frost pockets etc), level of maintenance, and speed of growth and establishment of plants.


"Alison has worked with us to revitalise our tired old garden. We struggled to know where to start it all looked quite hopeless. Alison opened our eyes and working with existing shrubs and plants she introduced us to trees, shrubs and plants to add colour, texture and interest to the choked and unloved borders! The woodland border we dreamed of is now a reality..... I am now a proud gardener!"

Jacqui & Ian
Colinton Edinburgh


"Alison MacDonald is an excellent gardener and garden designer who is both hard working, full of innovative ideas and yet responsive to her clients needs and views.  Not only is she adaptable but also extremely helpful.  She listens to others views and responds very effectively to them.  She has been very reliable in her time keeping and stays until the end of her job despite occasional difficulties with the weather or unanticipated problems arising.  When needed she can call on a number of colleagues to help her with heavy or challenging work.  I would recommend her to anyone without reservation as an excellent and most reliable professional gardener."

D H Lawson CBE DSc MD
North Berwick