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Alexa Ryan-Mills

Based in London, covering UK-wide

I’m a freelance planting designer, collaborating with landscape architects and garden designers in the UK. Clients include McWilliam Studio and Dutch Landscape Architects.

I earned a diploma in Planting Design with distinction at London College of Garden Design in 2021, also winning the college prize as the student with the highest mark in their year. In 2023 I exhibited at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show with The Sadler’s Wells East Garden.

Since 2018 I’ve been running my own garden design practice in East London, having trained at Capel Manor College. My time at London College of Garden Design inspired me to focus on providing planting design expertise to other professionals on a freelance basis.

Planting design plays an essential role in bringing together people and place, creating beautiful and sustainable spaces that promote wellbeing and biodiversity. But it’s too often tacked on at the end and copy and pasted from a favourite list or another scheme somewhere else. It can be so much more than that.

Do you need to bring in planting design expertise on public realm, commercial or residential projects where you lack the capacity in-house?

Are you a small studio looking to outsource planting design so you can focus on growing your business?

Are you winning larger projects that need more time and focus on planting design than you can currently give?

Do you have a project that needs something different from what you normally provide when it comes to planting design?

Let’s collaborate to create work your clients love and projects that get you noticed. I can work with you either as a behind-the-scenes resource or as a visible member of your team on larger projects.

If you’re interested in working together, please visit or get in touch at

Alexa Ryan-Mills – Hackney