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Sedum ‘Jose Aubergine’

Plants, Plan Your Garden

I first came across this newish form of Stonecrop at an open day of our main perennial wholesale nursery a… Read more.

Alison

Growing Vegetables – Design Considerations

Plants, Plan Your Garden

This is the second of a series of design blogs aimed at encouraging people to make space to grow vegetables… Read more.

Alison

Plant Focus: Sorbus ‘Joseph Rock’

Plants, Plan Your Garden

Sorbus ‘Joseph Rock’ – a yellow berried form of Rowan / Mountain Ash  - is one of my favourite small… Read more.

Alison

Making room for vegetables

Plants, Plan Your Garden

I have been asked on numerous occasions over the years to give some tips and advice about growing vegetables and… Read more.

Alison

Plant Focus: Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’

Plants, Plan Your Garden

Following on from last month's look at Euonymus alatus, this month I want to share another of my favourites with… Read more.

Alison

Garden Designer: Artist or Problem Solver?

News & Musings

When I meet people for the first time and tell them I am a garden designer, their first response is… Read more.

Alison

Plant Focus: Euonymus alatus

Plants, Plan Your Garden

Every garden designer has his or her favourite/most-used plants, and I'm no different.  But rather than sharing a long list… Read more.

Alison

How To Cope With Shallow Soils Over Chalk

Plan Your Garden, Design Challenges

When we refer to chalky soil, we mean soil which has a layer of chalk below it.  Chalky soils tend… Read more.

Alison

How to Cope with Wide Shallow Gardens

Plan Your Garden, Design Challenges

If you have a wide and shallow garden it can appear to lack space and distance. But with some design… Read more.

Alison

Is It Safe To Plant In The Winter Months?

Plants, Plan Your Garden

Some clients get very concerned if we inform them that we are planning to undertake some of the planting in… Read more.

Alison

How to cope with… a sloping garden

Plan Your Garden, Steps & Slopes

Sloping gardens. They're challenging for home owners and garden designers alike. In this in-depth piece, we take a look at:The… Read more.

Alison

How to cope with… an open plan front garden – a case study

ALDA in Action

Front gardens are often purely functional.  Pull up into the driveway, park the car, put the bins out, ... you… Read more.

Alison

How To Attract Insects To Your Garden

Wildlife, Plan Your Garden

This blog was almost called “How To Attract Beneficial Insects To Your Garden”, but when we started to think about… Read more.

Alison

Working to a deadline (… and not just a normal one either!)

ALDA in Action

If you run a business, you'll know what it's like to get that warm fuzzy feeling inside when the hard… Read more.

Alison

Using gabions for retaining walls – a case study

ALDA in Action

Many of the gardens we design involve gradients to a lesser or greater degree.  If the gradient is relatively steep,… Read more.

Alison

An update on our recent work

ALDA in Action

We know those of you who read our newsletter regularly love seeing what we've been up to recently... so here's… Read more.

Alison

How to cope with… hot, dry areas of the garden

Plan Your Garden, Design Challenges

Hot, dry areas of the garden can be quite a challenge for the gardener, particularly if the soil is very… Read more.

Alison

No more garden flooding! Drainage case study update

ALDA in Action, Drainage

Back in January, we blogged about garden drainage and specifically mentioned two projects where drainage was a key 'challenge' (and… Read more.

Alison

How to cope with… a long narrow garden

Plan Your Garden, Design Challenges

Long, narrow gardens have several drawbacks, particularly if they are very narrow: the patio can seem very cramped for space… Read more.

Alison

Reflections On Chelsea 2014

News & Musings

This was my first visit to Chelsea for 4 years - and so I was on the search for any… Read more.

Alison

Attracting birds to your garden

Wildlife, Plan Your Garden

As a lifelong bird fan, I love seeing birds visiting my garden. Well yes, ok, some of them can be… Read more.

Alison

How To Cope With Rooty, Shady Areas Under Trees & Large Conifers

Plan Your Garden, Design Challenges

Let’s face it, there is shade, and there is gloom.  It's all very well people suggesting long lists of shade… Read more.

Alison

How do I deter cats from my garden?

Wildlife, Plan Your Garden

One of the questions I am most frequently asked by clients and prospective clients is this: "Do you know any… Read more.

Alison

Easier Maintenance Gardens

Maintain Your Garden

First off, let me say what this blog post is not.  It’s not about low maintenance gardens, although many of… Read more.

Alison

How To Cope With Heavy Clay Soil

Plan Your Garden, Design Challenges

Anyone who has a garden with heavy clay soil will know about the difficulties of gardening on it.  The soil… Read more.

Alison

Have a look at what we’ve been working on recently…

News & Musings

I've been waiting patiently all year for the flow of work to slow down... and still I have garden plans… Read more.

Alison

Designing Front Gardens & Driveways

Plan Your Garden, Design Challenges

The design of driveways and front gardens poses a somewhat different set of challenges to those faced when creating a… Read more.

Alison

Garden Lighting – A Few Pointers

Plan Your Garden, Lighting

Lighting adds a completely new dimension to gardens.  Particularly in the often somewhat cloudy climes of England, a well thought… Read more.

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