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.

Alison

Growing Brussel Sprouts

Advice, Vegetable 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

Advice, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Plants

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

Advice

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

John

Curve Appeal

Advice, Garden Construction, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

Curve appeal……… this month we have transformed a back garden in Maidenhead where curves take centre stage and give a… Read more.

Alison

Growing Vegetables – Design Considerations

Advice, Vegetable Garden

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

Alison

Making room for vegetables

Advice, Vegetable Garden

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

Alison

Garden Designer: Artist or Problem Solver?

Advice, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

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

Alison

How To Cope With Shallow Soils Over Chalk

Advice, How to cope with..., Plants

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

Advice, How to cope with...

Wide shallow gardens lack depth relative to their width and can appear to lack a sense of space and distance. … Read more.

Alison

Is It Safe To Plant In The Winter Months?

Advice, Plants, Questions

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

Alison

An introduction to garden drainage… from an expert

Advice, Drainage, Garden Construction

Here at ALDA Landscapes, garden drainage is dear to our hearts, particularly after a succession of years with spells of prolonged… Read more.

Alison

How To Cope With Wet Soils / Gardens

Advice, Drainage, How to cope with...

If you constantly find yourself battling a soggy, wet garden, it's probably caused either by the existence of a high… Read more.

John

Don’t always believe the builder!

Advice, Garden Construction

Alison has finally persuaded me to venture into the blog-o-sphere and publish my first blog post.  Let’s just say this… Read more.

Alison

How to cope with… a sloping garden

Advice, How to cope with...

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

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

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

Advice

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

Alison

Using gabions for retaining walls – a case study

Advice, ALDA News, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

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

Alison

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

Advice, How to cope with..., Plants

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

Alison

How to cope with… a long narrow garden

Advice, How to cope with...

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

Alison

Attracting birds to your garden

Advice

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

Advice, How to cope with...

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

The ALDA Garden Calendar

Advice, Garden Calendar

If you read our blog regularly, you'll know that last year, we regularly posted our 'jobs for the garden' -… Read more.

Alison

How do I deter cats from my garden?

Advice, Questions

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

Advice, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

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

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