Alison

ALDA Landscapes Welcomes a New Garden Designer!

News & Musings

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

Plants, Plan Your 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

News & Musings

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

Alison

Mediterranean Planting

Plants, Plan Your Garden

This is the second in a series of blogs looking at using plants for creating different effects, and considers Mediterranean… Read more.

Alison

Finishing Touches

News & Musings

When designing gardens, I always have a picture in my mind of what the final garden will look like more… Read more.

Alison

Glade Planting

Plants, Plan Your Garden

For me, one of the most interesting aspects of planting design is how plants can be used to build and… Read more.

Alison

Time saving tips for Spring

Maintain Your Garden

May has to be my favourite month of the year. Everything in the countryside has that lovely lush fresh green… Read more.

Alison

Plant Focus: Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’ – A Garden Designer’s View

Plants, Plan Your Garden

As a garden designer, I have very mixed emotions when it comes to Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’. Am I… Read more.

Alison

Making space for all the things you want to grow

Plants, Plan Your Garden

Modern new build houses seem to be allocated ever smaller gardens; we find that even large dwellings nowadays are often… Read more.

Alison

How We Source Plants

ALDA in Action

One of the joys of my work is seeing a garden being transformed – from the design, through the landscaping,… Read more.

Alison

The Holly & The Ivy – A Seasonal Blog Post

Plants, Plan Your Garden

It may be seasonal, but I have to say that Ivy (Hedera) is not my favourite plant. It can be… Read more.

Alison

Creative Ways with Plants

Plants, Plan Your Garden

When designing a planting scheme for clients, garden designers (me included) always look to provide structure and plant interest all… Read more.

Alison

What to plant in a narrow border

Plants, Plan Your Garden

Most gardens that I visit have a few borders which are really narrow and this can often pose a planting… Read more.

Alison

Plant Focus: Polystichum setiferum ‘Herrenhausen’ & ‘Proliferum’

Plants, Plan Your Garden

Little plants with long names! Anyone who has ever asked me to design a planting scheme for them will know… Read more.

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Designing on the Diagonal

Plan Your Garden, Shape & Form

Garden designers often like to tilt the orientation of a garden so that, for example, lawns and paths run at… Read more.

Alison

“Beyond my wildest dreams”

News & Musings

One of our recent clients has just sent us these photos... ... and also these kind words: "I would like… Read more.

Alison

Alison’s Pre-Holiday Update

News & Musings, ALDA in Action

Well, I’m about to pack my bags and depart to deepest Italy to recharge my batteries, but I will have… Read more.

Alison

Plant Focus: Cotinus coggygria ‘Golden Spirit’

Plants, Plan Your Garden

Another of my favourite plants, this yellow leaved form of the smoke bush is perhaps less well known than its… Read more.

Alison

Alison’s Update – July 2016

News & Musings

At this time of year, I like to get out and about with my camera – taking photos of gardens… Read more.

Alison

Plant Focus: Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’

Plants, Plan Your Garden

Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’ is a really useful, attractive and elegant medium sized garden tree.  Whilst it is deciduous, designers like… Read more.

Alison

How to cope with a wide / deep border

Plan Your Garden, Design Challenges

We often receive calls and emails from people who have recently moved into a new home, feeling overawed at taking on… Read more.

Alison

Plant Focus: Cotoneaster ‘Cornubia’

Plants, Plan Your Garden

Cotoneasters are generally very easy to grow – and fast growing - evergreen and deciduous shrubs, with white spring flowers,… Read more.

Alison

Plant to Watch – Mahonia ‘Soft Caress’

Plants, Plan Your Garden

I thought I would just share some details of this plant which was recently brought to my attention by several… Read more.

Alison

The Garden Designer’s Garden – February Update

ALDA in Action

As promised in last month’s blog, here are some photos of my new back garden patio, courtyard, mini formal lawn… Read more.

Alison

Designing & Landscaping A Garden Designer’s Garden

ALDA in Action

People always say to me “You’re a garden designer, I bet you’ve got a lovely garden”. Well, I have a… Read more.

Alison

Growing Brussel Sprouts

Plants, Plan Your Garden

“How about writing a blog on growing Brussel Sprouts?” Sarah, our web adviser suggested a short while ago. “But I’m… Read more.

Alison

Learning to love Roses… well, … like them at least

Plants, Plan Your Garden

Prospective clients often say to me "please don’t give me any roses - they're too much hard work", or "no, definitely… Read more.

Alison

Musings on choosing a garden designer

Plan Your Garden, Design Challenges

Garden designers need to know a lot about a lot of things. Just consider for a moment.  He or she… Read more.

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