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How To Cope With Wet Soils and Gardens

Plants, Plan Your Garden, Drainage, Design Challenges

If you constantly find yourself battling a soggy, wet garden, you're likely wondering what you can do about it. This… Read more.

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Patio Design Guide

Plan Your Garden, Patios

It is easy to underestimate the impact a new patio can have on your garden. This patio design guide takes… Read more.

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Really Useful Little Plants

Plants, Plan Your Garden

Every designer has a "go-to" list of trusty plants that they use many times and love because they will always… Read more.

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Plant Focus: My Two Favourite Asters

Plants, Plan Your Garden

If Salvia ‘Caradonna’ is one of my go to plants for early-mid Summer, then Aster amellus ‘Violet Queen’ & Aster… Read more.

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Plant Focus: Salvia ‘Caradonna’

Plants, Plan Your Garden

This is definitely one of my “go to” plants when preparing planting plans as it is so reliable, well behaved,… Read more.

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Plant Focus: Rosmarinus ‘Miss Jessopp’s Upright’

Plants, Plan Your Garden

A Rosemary? Yes, I am extolling the virtues of a simple, commonly available Rosemary plant. What's to like? Rosmarinus ‘Miss… Read more.

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Before & After: Ultra Contemporary Family Garden

ALDA in Action

We've just published another featured project - this time an ultra contemporary family garden in Twyford. The brief was to… Read more.

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Before & After: An Eclectic Yet Functional Garden

ALDA in Action

We've just published a couple of new featured projects, and thought we'd highlight one of them here on our blog… Read more.

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Plant Focus: Syringa meyeri ‘Palibin’

Plants, Plan Your Garden

Love the flower and wafting scent of Lilac, but put off by the fact that they grow too big too… Read more.

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What a difference a border makes

ALDA in Action

One of the most common requests I receive from clients when designing gardens is to ensure that the planting (amongst… Read more.

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Plant Focus: Nandina domestica & its smaller relatives

Plants, Plan Your Garden

Until recently, Nandina domestica was little known and rarely used by gardeners in the UK, but it is now gaining… Read more.

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Plant Spacing – The Garden Designer’s Dilemma

Plants, Plan Your Garden

Clients often ask me how I know how far apart to space plants when designing a new planting scheme. And… Read more.

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What should I do with my lawn after the ravages of last summer?

Lawn Care, Maintain Your Garden

In summary: Don't panic!! Replacing your entire lawn is almost certainly not necessary; the vast majority of lawns will completely… Read more.

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The Garden in Winter

Plants, Plan Your Garden

Let’s face it, gardens don’t always look their best in mid-winter. Yet, looking out at my back garden this morning,… Read more.

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Helleborus niger –The Christmas Rose

Plants, Plan Your Garden

You know it’s nearly Christmas……. when the first thing that greets you at your local garden centre is a vast… Read more.

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Garden Design Psychology

Plan Your Garden, Shape & Form

For me, one of the joys of designing, and then constructing gardens for people is witnessing the pleasure that clients… Read more.

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Plant Focus: Pittosporum tenuifolium & its cultivars

Plants, Plan Your Garden

As any ALDA Landscapes customer will tell you, I am a great fan of Pittosporums, and they feature in some… Read more.

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Softening the Lines

Plan Your Garden, Shape & Form

Many of the gardens we work in have starkly rectangular or very angular boundaries. In addition, many modern houses are… Read more.

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Value For Money Plants

Plants, Plan Your Garden

At last we have had some rain, and lawns have begun to take on a hint of green - although… Read more.

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A Guide to Garden Steps

Plan Your Garden, Steps & Slopes

Wherever there is a change of level in a garden, some form of step(s) or ramp is required. Garden steps… Read more.

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Drought Tolerant Plants

Plants, Plan Your Garden

As I sit in my office writing this blog, the sun is shining gloriously outside, and it is very warm… Read more.

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Raised Beds – Thoughts From A Designer

Plan Your Garden, Garden Structures

We build a lot of raised beds at ALDA landscapes. In fact, the majority of gardens we work on feature… Read more.

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Garden Construction Time-Lapse

ALDA in Action

You might remember seeing a blog post a while back about designing on the diagonal. Our client very kindly took… Read more.

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Plant Focus: Salvia ‘Royal Bumble’

Plants, Plan Your Garden

Some people love bright red. But many gardeners shy away from using red flowered plants in their gardens for fear… Read more.

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First Glimpses of Spring

Plants, Plan Your Garden

As I sit here writing my January blog, the sky outside is grey and overcast. It seemed to take forever… Read more.

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A year in the life of a new small garden

ALDA in Action

It’s amazing how quickly a new garden can bed in and come to life! One of our clients kindly sent… Read more.

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Plants To Lift The Winter Gloom

Plants, Plan Your Garden

Is it just me, or does it seem very grey and dark all of a sudden? As I sit here… Read more.

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Small Garden Transformation In Lower Earley

ALDA in Action

Prospective clients often ask us if there is a minimum size of garden that we will work on. Our answer… Read more.

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From planning a new border to a complete garden remodel, we pride ourselves on transforming ideas into beautiful reality, with minimum disruption. If you’re based in or around the Reading and Newbury area, we’d love to meet and discuss your project in detail – book your free no-obligation garden consultation today. We do get pretty booked up, particularly during the Spring, so plan ahead if possible!