Time saving tips for Spring
May has to be my favourite month of the year. Everything in the countryside has that lovely lush fresh green… Read more.
Plant Focus: Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’ – A Garden Designer’s View
As a garden designer, I have very mixed emotions when it comes to Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’. Am I… Read more.
Making space for all the things you want to grow
Modern new build houses seem to be allocated ever smaller gardens; we find that even large dwellings nowadays are often… Read more.
A featured brick seat in a traditional garden
This week the landscaping team at ALDA have been busy constructing a curved brick seat in a garden in Barkham.… Read more.
Creative Ways with Plants
When designing a planting scheme for clients, garden designers (me included) always look to provide structure and plant interest all… Read more.
When a trellis screen can make all the difference…
A trellis screen can come in very handy. It can effectively minimise the impact of a nearby eyesore and so… Read more.
What to plant in a narrow border (by a boundary or fence)
Most gardens that I visit have a few borders which are really narrow, some perhaps just 30cm (1’) to 45cm… Read more.
Drainage solutions – a recent case study
When it comes to the hard landscaping of any of our garden designs, sustainable drainage systems are crucial to the… Read more.
Designing on the Diagonal
Garden designers often like to tilt the orientation of a garden so that, for example, lawns and paths run at… Read more.
“Beyond my wildest dreams”
One of our recent clients has just sent us these photos... ... and also these kind words: "I would like… Read more.
Paving Comparison: Yorkstone
Yorkstone is a naturally occurring sedimentary Carboniferous sandstone of extremely good quality. It is sourced from the quarries of Northern… Read more.
Paving Comparison: Porcelain
Porcelain paving is a relatively new and exciting product to arrive on the paving market and is proving popular due… Read more.
Alison’s Update – July 2016
At this time of year, I like to get out and about with my camera – taking photos of gardens… Read more.
My Top 6 Highlights of Chelsea Flower Show 2016
As I look back on my visit to Chelsea Flower Show this May it is the explosion of colour on… Read more.
Paving Comparison: Slate
Like sandstone and limestone, slate is a natural stone which has been used for hundreds of years as a building… Read more.
Paving Comparison: Limestone
Natural limestone has been a key building material throughout the ages and used all over the world – even the… 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.
The Garden Designer’s Garden – February Update
As promised in last month’s blog, here are some photos of my new back garden patio, courtyard, mini formal lawn… Read more.
Designing & Landscaping A Garden Designer’s 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.
An artificial lawn in the making…
As a landscaping company we lay a lot of natural turf in our day to day work but we are… Read more.
What a difference a new wall can make!
What a difference a new wall can make to the appearance of a front garden! This was the case at… 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.
Sedum ‘Jose Aubergine’
I first came across this newish form of Stonecrop at an open day of our main perennial wholesale nursery a… Read more.
Curve appeal……… this month we have transformed a back garden in Maidenhead where curves take centre stage and give a… Read more.
Have you ever considered a garden room?
Tempted by a chill out space in your garden…..? This summer house built by ALDA Landscapes in 2011 in my… Read more.
Plant Focus: Sorbus ‘Joseph Rock’
Sorbus ‘Joseph Rock’ – a yellow berried form of Rowan / Mountain Ash - is one of my favourite small… Read more.
Plant Focus: Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’
Following on from last month's look at Euonymus alatus, this month I want to share another of my favourites with… Read more.