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

Plant Focus: Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’ – A Garden Designer’s View

Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Plants

As a garden designer, I have very mixed emotions when it comes to Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’. Am I… 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.

John

A featured brick seat in a traditional garden

Garden Construction, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Patios

This week the landscaping team at ALDA have been busy constructing a curved brick seat in a garden in Barkham.… 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

When a trellis screen can make all the difference…

Garden Construction, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

A trellis screen can come in very handy.  It can effectively minimise the impact of a nearby eyesore and so… Read more.

Alison

What to plant in a narrow border (by a boundary or fence)

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

Most gardens that I visit have a few borders which are really narrow, some perhaps just 30cm (1’) to 45cm… 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.

Alison

“Beyond my wildest dreams”

ALDA News, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

One of our recent clients has just sent us these photos... ... and also these kind words: "I would like… 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.

Alison

Alison’s Update – July 2016

ALDA News, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

At this time of year, I like to get out and about with my camera – taking photos of gardens… Read more.

John

My Top 6 Highlights of Chelsea Flower Show 2016

Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

As I look back on my visit to Chelsea Flower Show this May it is the explosion of colour on… 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.

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

The Garden Designer’s Garden – February Update

Garden Construction, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Vegetable Garden

As promised in last month’s blog, here are some photos of my new back garden patio, courtyard, mini formal lawn… Read more.

Alison

Designing & Landscaping A Garden Designer’s Garden

Garden Construction, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Vegetable Garden

People always say to me “You’re a garden designer, I bet you’ve got a lovely garden”. Well, I have a… Read more.

John

An artificial lawn in the making…

Garden Construction, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Lawns

As a landscaping company we lay a lot of natural turf in our day to day work but we are… Read more.

John

What a difference a new wall can make!

Garden Construction, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

What a difference a new wall can make to the appearance of a front garden! This was the case at… 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

Sedum ‘Jose Aubergine’

Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Plants

I first came across this newish form of Stonecrop at an open day of our main perennial wholesale nursery a… 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.

John

Have you ever considered a garden room?

Garden Construction, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

Tempted by a chill out space in your garden…..?  This summer house built by ALDA Landscapes in 2011 in my… Read more.

Alison

Plant Focus: Sorbus ‘Joseph Rock’

Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Plants

Sorbus ‘Joseph Rock’ – a yellow berried form of Rowan / Mountain Ash  - is one of my favourite small… Read more.

Alison

Plant Focus: Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’

Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Plants

Following on from last month's look at Euonymus alatus, this month I want to share another of my favourites with… Read more.

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