John

Trending at Chelsea 2019

Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

From John and Kate's recent visit, details of what was trending at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2019... THE COLOUR… Read more.

John

Porcelain paving is proving a popular choice

Garden Construction, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Patios

We have noticed a real trend over the last 2 years for using porcelain tiles in our clients’ gardens. So… Read more.

John

A new brick wall in Caversham takes on a period feel…

Garden Construction, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

Our brief was to transform our client's front garden, creating a design that would compliment the period character of their… 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

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.

John

A twist on a garden shed…

Garden Construction, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

The brief from our client: To build an outside bar within the confines of an attractive bespoke shed, which could… 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.

John

Things take shape at the sunken garden in Reading

Garden Construction, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Patios

Following on from last month’s blog, it's time to share with you our progress and new developments at the sunken… 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.

John

First steps to a contemporary sunken garden…

Garden Construction, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Patios

This month in Caversham (in some of the hottest temperatures this year!) we have been constructing a sunken garden at… Read more.

John

Chelsea 2018

Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

There is nothing like a sunny day at the Chelsea Flower Show to mark the start of summer! This year,… 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.

John

ALDA takes on a new build garden makeover

Garden Construction, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

We are often approached for advice on how to transform gardens of new build houses. The builder has finished the… Read more.

John

How to add interest to a wide border

Garden Construction, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

Are you wondering how to add interest to a wide planting border? One option is to install a new pathway… Read more.

John

A day out at RHS Garden Wisley

Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

A family visit in late December to RHS Garden Wisley provided my first glimpse of snowdrops and brightened up a… Read more.

Alison

A year in the life of a new small garden

Garden Construction, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

It’s amazing how quickly a new garden can bed in and come to life! One of our clients kindly sent… Read more.

John

A garden swing seat proves to be just the thing…

Garden Construction, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

... at ALDA Landscapes' latest design project in Finchampstead. Our client had already purchased the wooden lattice swing seat online… Read more.

Alison

Plants To Lift The Winter Gloom

Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Plants

Is it just me, or does it seem very grey and dark all of a sudden? As I sit here… Read more.

Alison

Small Garden Transformation In Lower Earley

Garden Construction, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

Prospective clients often ask us if there is a minimum size of garden that we will work on. Our answer… Read more.

Alison

Veggies For Small Gardens – A Few New Ones To Try

Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Vegetable Garden

As our clients will know, my veggie coffins (beds) have been in use for two years now, and I have… Read more.

John

Converting a large driveway back to a garden

Garden Construction, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

Over the last few weeks, the ALDA Landscaping team have been busy transforming a driveway in Hamstead Marshall. Fed up… Read more.

Alison

Mediterranean Planting

Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Planting Themes, Plants

This is the second in a series of blogs looking at using plants for creating different effects, and considers Mediterranean… 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.

John

Chelsea 2017

Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

As usual my visit to Chelsea this year didn’t disappoint – around every corner there were creative gems to inspire… Read more.

Alison

Glade Planting

Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Planting Themes, Plants

For me, one of the most interesting aspects of planting design is how plants can be used to build and… Read more.

John

A covered storage area proves to be a good idea…

Garden Construction, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

This month in a garden in Lower Earley, we built a bespoke timber storage area as part of a wider… 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!