John

Creations at Chelsea

Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

As soon as I walk into the grounds of Chelsea Flower Show I know I am in for a creative… Read more.

Alison

Garden Designer: Artist or Problem Solver?

Advice, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

When I meet people for the first time and tell them I am a garden designer, their first response is… Read more.

John

Inspiration – Raised Beds

Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

Are you fed up with back breaking days in the garden? Here's a thought - why not make life easier… Read more.

Alison

Plant Focus: Euonymus alatus

Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Plants

Every garden designer has his or her favourite/most-used plants, and I'm no different.  But rather than sharing a long list… Read more.

John

Be creative with wood in your garden

Construction, Garden Construction, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

Be creative with wood... installing an arbour or archway, trellis fencing or a beautiful bespoke gate – such simple additions… Read more.

John

John’s Blog: Thinking of a new patio?

Garden Construction, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Patios

If a new patio is a tempting idea then read on ………… With Spring approaching now could be the perfect… Read more.

Alison

How to cope with… an open plan front garden – a case study

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

Front gardens are often purely functional.  Pull up into the driveway, park the car, put the bins out, ... you… Read more.

Alison

Using gabions for retaining walls – a case study

Advice, ALDA News, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

Many of the gardens we design involve gradients to a lesser or greater degree.  If the gradient is relatively steep,… Read more.

Alison

Reflections On Chelsea 2014

Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Plants

This was my first visit to Chelsea for 4 years - and so I was on the search for any… Read more.

Alison

Easier Maintenance Gardens

Advice, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

First off, let me say what this blog post is not.  It’s not about low maintenance gardens, although many of… Read more.

Alison

Designing Front Gardens & Driveways

Advice, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

The design of driveways and front gardens poses a somewhat different set of challenges to those faced when creating a… Read more.

Alison

Garden Lighting – A Few Pointers

Advice, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

Lighting adds a completely new dimension to gardens.  Particularly in the often somewhat cloudy climes of England, a well thought… Read more.

Alison

Children & gardens – a few ideas & considerations

Advice, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

Gardens can be magical places for children.  Contrary to what many people believe, a child-friendly garden does not have to… Read more.

Alison

Top Plants for Winter & Early Spring Interest

Advice, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Plants

While I write this, I am sitting out in the garden in the early morning September sunshine, and winter seems… Read more.

Alison

Autumn Recipe: Runnerbean Chutney

Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

It's been a great year for fruit and veg, and it seems every other person you speak to is overrun… Read more.

Alison

Top Plants for Autumn Colour

Advice, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Plants

Although the warm sunshine will soon be slowly fading, Autumn is definitely not a time of doom and gloom –… Read more.

Alison

Summer’s almost gone…

Advice, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Plants

Well, summer is almost over – the days are shortening and the mornings and evenings are getting cooler.  It's been… Read more.

Alison

Plants For Containers

Advice, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Plants

When preparing garden designs and plans, we are often asked by clients to provide them with ideas and suggestions for… Read more.

Alison

Disguising Sheds, Wheelie Bins, Trampolines and More – Some Ideas

Advice, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

A good garden design should not only be beautiful, it should also be practical.  And practical inevitably means disguising those… Read more.

Alison

Patio Design Photos

Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Patios

Following on from our patio designer blog post, we've pulled together a selection of our patio design photos, to help… Read more.

Alison

Thinking about a new patio? Some tips from a patio designer…

Advice, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Patios

As landscape designers we frequently advise clients on some of the options and decisions to be made when creating a… Read more.

Alison

Bespoke Timber Garden Buildings, Structures and Furniture

ALDA News, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

Update: Please see our dedicated bespoke timber structures page here. When it comes to designing a garden, often there’s more… Read more.

Alison

Screening Plants & Ideas for Confined Spaces

Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

Need more privacy?  Want to block the view from a neighbour’s window?  Want to block out an ugly view?  But… 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!