Plant Focus: My Two Favourite Asters
If Salvia ‘Caradonna’ is one of my go to plants for early-mid Summer, then Aster amellus ‘Violet Queen’ & Aster… Read more.
Plant Focus: Salvia ‘Caradonna’
This is definitely one of my “go to” plants when preparing planting plans as it is so reliable, well behaved,… Read more.
Plant Focus: Rosmarinus ‘Miss Jessopp’s Upright’
A Rosemary? Yes, I am extolling the virtues of a simple, commonly available Rosemary plant. What's to like? Rosmarinus ‘Miss… Read more.
Before & After: Ultra Contemporary Family Garden
We've just published another featured project - this time an ultra contemporary family garden in Twyford. The brief was to… Read more.
Before & After: An Eclectic Yet Functional Garden
We've just published a couple of new featured projects, and thought we'd highlight one of them here on our blog… Read more.
Plant Focus: Syringa meyeri ‘Palibin’
Love the flower and wafting scent of Lilac, but put off by the fact that they grow too big too… Read more.
What a difference a border makes
One of the most common requests I receive from clients when designing gardens is to ensure that the planting (amongst… Read more.
Plant Focus: Nandina domestica & its smaller relatives
Until recently, Nandina domestica was little known and rarely used by gardeners in the UK, but it is now gaining… Read more.
Plant Spacing – The Garden Designer’s Dilemma
Clients often ask me how I know how far apart to space plants when designing a new planting scheme. And… Read more.
What should I do with my lawn after the ravages of last summer?
In summary: Don't panic!! Replacing your entire lawn is almost certainly not necessary; the vast majority of lawns will completely… Read more.
The Garden in Winter
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.
Helleborus niger –The Christmas Rose
You know it’s nearly Christmas……. when the first thing that greets you at your local garden centre is a vast… Read more.
Garden Design Psychology
For me, one of the joys of designing, and then constructing gardens for people is witnessing the pleasure that clients… Read more.
Plant Focus: Pittosporum tenuifolium & its cultivars
As any ALDA Landscapes customer will tell you, I am a great fan of Pittosporums, and they feature in some… Read more.
Softening the Lines
Many of the gardens we work in have starkly rectangular or very angular boundaries. In addition, many modern houses are… Read more.
Value For Money Plants
At last we have had some rain, and lawns have begun to take on a hint of green - although… Read more.
A Guide to Garden Steps
Wherever there is a change of level in a garden, some form of step(s) or ramp is required. Garden steps… Read more.
Drought Tolerant Plants
As I sit in my office writing this blog, the sun is shining gloriously outside, and it is very warm… Read more.
Raised Beds – Thoughts From A Designer
Here at ALDA Landscapes, we build a lot of raised beds. In fact, the majority of the designs I prepare… Read more.
Garden Construction Time-Lapse
You might remember seeing a blog post a while back about designing on the diagonal. Our client very kindly took… Read more.
Plant Focus: Salvia ‘Royal Bumble’
Some people love bright red. But many gardeners shy away from using red flowered plants in their gardens for fear… Read more.
First Glimpses of Spring
As I sit here writing my January blog, the sky outside is grey and overcast. It seemed to take forever… Read more.
A year in the life of a new small garden
It’s amazing how quickly a new garden can bed in and come to life! One of our clients kindly sent… Read more.
Plants To Lift The Winter Gloom
Is it just me, or does it seem very grey and dark all of a sudden? As I sit here… Read more.
Small Garden Transformation In Lower Earley
Prospective clients often ask us if there is a minimum size of garden that we will work on. Our answer… Read more.
ALDA Landscapes Welcomes a New Garden Designer!
We are delighted to welcome a very talented new garden designer to the ALDA team. Katie Thomas (Living Art Designs)… Read more.
Veggies For Small Gardens – A Few New Ones To Try
As our clients will know, my veggie coffins (beds) have been in use for two years now, and I have… Read more.
A different – and somewhat more personal - blog post from me this month. Read on for news of an… Read more.