Paving Comparison: Limestone
Natural limestone has been a key building material throughout the ages and used all over the world – even the… 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.
With Spring’s arrival and having had a few warmer days at last, it is the time of year that many… Read more.
Paving Comparison: Indian Sandstone
Of the many options available for paving, my personal favourite is Indian Sandstone. Currently it is by far the most… 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.
Curve appeal……… this month we have transformed a back garden in Maidenhead where curves take centre stage and give a… Read more.
Growing Vegetables – Design Considerations
This is the second of a series of design blogs aimed at encouraging people to make space to grow vegetables… Read more.
Making room for vegetables
I have been asked on numerous occasions over the years to give some tips and advice about growing vegetables and… Read more.
Garden Designer: Artist or Problem Solver?
When I meet people for the first time and tell them I am a garden designer, their first response is… Read more.
How To Cope With Shallow Soils Over Chalk
When we refer to chalky soil, we mean soil which has a layer of chalk below it. Chalky soils tend… Read more.
How to Cope with Wide Shallow Gardens
Wide shallow gardens lack depth relative to their width and can appear to lack a sense of space and distance. … Read more.
Is It Safe To Plant In The Winter Months?
Some clients get very concerned if we inform them that we are planning to undertake some of the planting in… Read more.
An introduction to garden drainage… from an expert
Here at ALDA Landscapes, garden drainage is dear to our hearts, particularly after a succession of years with spells of prolonged… Read more.
How To Cope With Wet Soils / Gardens
If you constantly find yourself battling a soggy, wet garden, it's probably caused either by the existence of a high… Read more.
Don’t always believe the builder!
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.
How to cope with… a sloping garden
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.
How to cope with… an open plan front garden – a case study
Front gardens are often purely functional. Pull up into the driveway, park the car, put the bins out, ... you… Read more.
How To Attract Insects To Your Garden
This blog was almost called “How To Attract Beneficial Insects To Your Garden”, but when we started to think about… Read more.
Using gabions for retaining walls – a case study
Many of the gardens we design involve gradients to a lesser or greater degree. If the gradient is relatively steep,… Read more.
How to cope with… hot, dry areas of the garden
Hot, dry areas of the garden can be quite a challenge for the gardener, particularly if the soil is very… Read more.
How to cope with… a long narrow garden
Long, narrow gardens have several drawbacks, particularly if they are very narrow: the patio can seem very cramped for space… Read more.
Attracting birds to your garden
As a lifelong bird fan, I love seeing birds visiting my garden. Well yes, ok, some of them can be… Read more.
How To Cope With Rooty, Shady Areas Under Trees & Large Conifers
Let’s face it, there is shade, and there is gloom. It's all very well people suggesting long lists of shade… Read more.
The ALDA Garden Calendar
If you read our blog regularly, you'll know that last year, we regularly posted our 'jobs for the garden' -… Read more.
How do I deter cats from my garden?
One of the questions I am most frequently asked by clients and prospective clients is this: "Do you know any… Read more.
Easier Maintenance Gardens
First off, let me say what this blog post is not. It’s not about low maintenance gardens, although many of… Read more.