Trending at Chelsea 2019
From John and Kate's recent visit, details of what was trending at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2019... THE COLOUR… Read more.
Porcelain paving is proving a popular choice
We have noticed a real trend over the last 2 years for using porcelain tiles in our clients’ gardens. So… Read more.
A new brick wall in Caversham takes on a period feel…
Our brief was to transform our client's front garden, creating a design that would compliment the period character of their… Read more.
Get the Look: Create a Contemporary Garden
We've recently completed a stunning contemporary garden in Twyford... This garden was transformed with a modern new look, and we… Read more.
Dealing with a sloping garden
One of our recent designs involved creating a back garden design for a client whose recent extension left them with… Read more.
The Garden in Winter
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.
Garden Design Psychology
For me, one of the joys of designing, and then constructing gardens for people is witnessing the pleasure that clients… Read more.
A twist on a garden shed…
The brief from our client: To build an outside bar within the confines of an attractive bespoke shed, which could… Read more.
Softening the Lines
Many of the gardens we work in have starkly rectangular or very angular boundaries. In addition, many modern houses are… Read more.
Things take shape at the sunken garden in Reading
Following on from last month’s blog, it's time to share with you our progress and new developments at the sunken… Read more.
A Guide to Garden Steps
Wherever there is a change of level in a garden, some form of step(s) or ramp is required. Garden steps… Read more.
First steps to a contemporary sunken garden…
This month in Caversham (in some of the hottest temperatures this year!) we have been constructing a sunken garden at… Read more.
There is nothing like a sunny day at the Chelsea Flower Show to mark the start of summer! This year,… Read more.
Raised Beds – Thoughts From A Designer
Here at ALDA Landscapes, we build a lot of raised beds. In fact, the majority of the designs I prepare… Read more.
ALDA takes on a new build garden makeover
We are often approached for advice on how to transform gardens of new build houses. The builder has finished the… Read more.
How to add interest to a wide border
Are you wondering how to add interest to a wide planting border? One option is to install a new pathway… Read more.
A day out at RHS Garden Wisley
A family visit in late December to RHS Garden Wisley provided my first glimpse of snowdrops and brightened up a… Read more.
A year in the life of a new small garden
It’s amazing how quickly a new garden can bed in and come to life! One of our clients kindly sent… Read more.
A garden swing seat proves to be just the thing…
... at ALDA Landscapes' latest design project in Finchampstead. Our client had already purchased the wooden lattice swing seat online… Read more.
Plants To Lift The Winter Gloom
Is it just me, or does it seem very grey and dark all of a sudden? As I sit here… Read more.
Small Garden Transformation In Lower Earley
Prospective clients often ask us if there is a minimum size of garden that we will work on. Our answer… Read more.
Veggies For Small Gardens – A Few New Ones To Try
As our clients will know, my veggie coffins (beds) have been in use for two years now, and I have… Read more.
Converting a large driveway back to a garden
Over the last few weeks, the ALDA Landscaping team have been busy transforming a driveway in Hamstead Marshall. Fed up… Read more.
This is the second in a series of blogs looking at using plants for creating different effects, and considers Mediterranean… Read more.
When designing gardens, I always have a picture in my mind of what the final garden will look like more… Read more.
As usual my visit to Chelsea this year didn’t disappoint – around every corner there were creative gems to inspire… Read more.
For me, one of the most interesting aspects of planting design is how plants can be used to build and… Read more.
A covered storage area proves to be a good idea…
This month in a garden in Lower Earley, we built a bespoke timber storage area as part of a wider… Read more.