Alison

Plant Focus: My Two Favourite Asters

Plants

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

Alison

Plant Focus: Salvia ‘Caradonna’

Plants

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

Alison

Plant Focus: Rosmarinus ‘Miss Jessopp’s Upright’

Plants

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

Alison

Before & After: Ultra Contemporary Family Garden

Garden Construction, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

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

Alison

Before & After: An Eclectic Yet Functional Garden

Garden Construction, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

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

Alison

Plant Focus: Syringa meyeri ‘Palibin’

Plants

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

Alison

What a difference a border makes

Advice, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

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

Alison

Plant Focus: Nandina domestica & its smaller relatives

Advice, Plants

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

Alison

Plant Spacing – The Garden Designer’s Dilemma

Advice

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

Alison

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

How to cope with..., Lawns

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

Alison

The Garden in Winter

Advice, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

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.

Alison

Helleborus niger –The Christmas Rose

Plants

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

Alison

Garden Design Psychology

Advice, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

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

Alison

Plant Focus: Pittosporum tenuifolium & its cultivars

Plants

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

Alison

Softening the Lines

Advice, How to cope with..., Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

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

Alison

Value For Money Plants

Advice, Plants

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

Alison

A Guide to Garden Steps

Advice, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Patios

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

Alison

Drought Tolerant Plants

How to cope with..., Planting Themes, Plants

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

Alison

Raised Beds – Thoughts From A Designer

Advice, Garden Construction, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

Here at ALDA Landscapes, we build a lot of raised beds. In fact, the majority of the designs I prepare… Read more.

Alison

Garden Construction Time-Lapse

Garden Construction

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

Alison

Plant Focus: Salvia ‘Royal Bumble’

Advice, Plants

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

Alison

First Glimpses of Spring

Advice, Plants

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

Alison

A year in the life of a new small garden

Garden Construction, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

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

Alison

Plants To Lift The Winter Gloom

Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Plants

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

Alison

Small Garden Transformation In Lower Earley

Garden Construction, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

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

Alison

ALDA Landscapes Welcomes a New Garden Designer!

ALDA News

We are delighted to welcome a very talented new garden designer to the ALDA team. Katie Thomas (Living Art Designs)… Read more.

Alison

Veggies For Small Gardens – A Few New Ones To Try

Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Vegetable Garden

As our clients will know, my veggie coffins (beds) have been in use for two years now, and I have… Read more.

Alison

Personal Matters

ALDA News

A different – and somewhat more personal - blog post from me this month. Read on for news of an… Read more.

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