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.
This is the second in a series of blogs looking at using plants for creating different effects, and considers Mediterranean… Read more.
When designing gardens, I always have a picture in my mind of what the final garden will look like more… Read more.
For me, one of the most interesting aspects of planting design is how plants can be used to build and… Read more.
Time saving tips for Spring
May has to be my favourite month of the year. Everything in the countryside has that lovely lush fresh green… Read more.
Plant Focus: Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’ – A Garden Designer’s View
As a garden designer, I have very mixed emotions when it comes to Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’. Am I… Read more.
Making space for all the things you want to grow
Modern new build houses seem to be allocated ever smaller gardens; we find that even large dwellings nowadays are often… Read more.
How We Source Plants
One of the joys of my work is seeing a garden being transformed – from the design, through the landscaping,… Read more.
The Holly & The Ivy – A Seasonal Blog Post
It may be seasonal, but I have to say that Ivy (Hedera) is not my favourite plant. It can be… Read more.
Creative Ways with Plants
When designing a planting scheme for clients, garden designers (me included) always look to provide structure and plant interest all… Read more.
What to plant in a narrow border
Most gardens that I visit have a few borders which are really narrow and this can often pose a planting… Read more.
Plant Focus: Polystichum setiferum ‘Herrenhausen’ & ‘Proliferum’
Little plants with long names! Anyone who has ever asked me to design a planting scheme for them will know… Read more.
Designing on the Diagonal
Garden designers often like to tilt the orientation of a garden so that, for example, lawns and paths run at… Read more.
“Beyond my wildest dreams”
One of our recent clients has just sent us these photos... ... and also these kind words: "I would like… Read more.
Alison’s Pre-Holiday Update
Well, I’m about to pack my bags and depart to deepest Italy to recharge my batteries, but I will have… Read more.
Plant Focus: Cotinus coggygria ‘Golden Spirit’
Another of my favourite plants, this yellow leaved form of the smoke bush is perhaps less well known than its… Read more.
Alison’s Update – July 2016
At this time of year, I like to get out and about with my camera – taking photos of gardens… Read more.
Plant Focus: Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’
Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’ is a really useful, attractive and elegant medium sized garden tree. Whilst it is deciduous, designers like… Read more.
How to cope with a wide / deep border
We often receive calls and emails from people who have recently moved into a new home, feeling overawed at taking on… Read more.
Plant Focus: Cotoneaster ‘Cornubia’
Cotoneasters are generally very easy to grow – and fast growing - evergreen and deciduous shrubs, with white spring flowers,… Read more.
Plant to Watch – Mahonia ‘Soft Caress’
I thought I would just share some details of this plant which was recently brought to my attention by several… Read more.
The Garden Designer’s Garden – February Update
As promised in last month’s blog, here are some photos of my new back garden patio, courtyard, mini formal lawn… Read more.
Designing & Landscaping A Garden Designer’s Garden
People always say to me “You’re a garden designer, I bet you’ve got a lovely garden”. Well, I have a… Read more.
Growing Brussel Sprouts
“How about writing a blog on growing Brussel Sprouts?” Sarah, our web adviser suggested a short while ago. “But I’m… Read more.
Learning to love Roses… well, … like them at least
Prospective clients often say to me "please don’t give me any roses - they're too much hard work", or "no, definitely… Read more.
Musings on choosing a garden designer
Garden designers need to know a lot about a lot of things. Just consider for a moment. He or she… Read more.