Katie

Adding structure to planting borders

Advice, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Plants

A very common request when discussing planting requirements with clients is for a garden with year-round interest - it normally… 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.

John

Get the Look: Create a Contemporary Garden

Advice, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

We've recently completed a stunning contemporary garden in Twyford... This garden was transformed with a modern new look, and we… Read more.

Katie

Using Spring bulbs to add extra colour

Advice, Plants

Spring bulbs are the underused category of plants that can really lift your garden and add a pop of colour… Read more.

Katie

Dealing with a sloping garden

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

One of our recent designs involved creating a back garden design for a client whose recent extension left them with… 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

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

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

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

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

Finishing Touches

Advice, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

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

Alison

Time saving tips for Spring

Advice, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

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

Alison

Making space for all the things you want to grow

Advice, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Plants

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

Alison

Creative Ways with Plants

Advice, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Plants

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

John

Drainage solutions – a recent case study

Advice, Drainage, Garden Construction, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Patios

When it comes to the hard landscaping of any of our garden designs, sustainable drainage systems are crucial to the… Read more.

Alison

Designing on the Diagonal

Advice, ALDA News, Garden Construction, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

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

John

Paving Comparison: Yorkstone

Advice, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Patios

Yorkstone is a naturally occurring sedimentary Carboniferous sandstone of extremely good quality.  It is sourced from the quarries of Northern… Read more.

John

Paving Comparison: Porcelain

Advice, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Patios

Porcelain paving is a relatively new and exciting product to arrive on the paving market and is proving popular due… Read more.

John

Paving Comparison: Slate

Advice, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Patios

Like sandstone and limestone, slate is a natural stone which has been used for hundreds of years as a building… Read more.

John

Paving Comparison: Limestone

Advice, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Patios

Natural limestone has been a key building material throughout the ages and used all over the world – even the… Read more.

Alison

How to cope with a wide / deep border

Advice, How to cope with...

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

John

Paving Comparison

Advice, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Patios

With Spring’s arrival and having had a few warmer days at last, it is the time of year that many… Read more.

John

Paving Comparison: Indian Sandstone

Advice, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Patios

Of the many options available for paving, my personal favourite is Indian Sandstone.   Currently it is by far the most… Read more.

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From planning a new border to a complete garden remodel, we pride ourselves on transforming ideas into beautiful reality, with minimum disruption. If you’re based in or around the Reading and Newbury area, we’d love to meet and discuss your project in detail – book your free no-obligation garden consultation today. We do get pretty booked up, particularly during the Spring, so plan ahead if possible!