Plan Your Garden

If you’re looking for ideas for your garden or are interested in reading about our garden design topics, you will find them all here. Use the drop down menu for specific design topics or simply browse or use the search box in the bar above. Enjoy!

 

Katie

Lawn Positioning

Lawns, Plan Your Garden

A lawn is usually a vital element to a garden design and often a key part of a client’s brief.… Read more.

Katie

What are the best lawn alternatives?

Lawns, Plan Your Garden

Traditional lawns lack biodiversity and can sometimes be tricky to maintain if your garden is shady or particularly small. In… Read more.

Katie

Using colour in your garden

Plants, Plan Your Garden

Colour is an important part of any garden design. In most designs, it's the plants that provide the colour, so… Read more.

Katie

Long Flowering Perennials For Your Summer Borders

Plants, Plan Your Garden

A well-designed garden provides interest from early spring through to late autumn. If clients are looking for a low maintenance… Read more.

Alison

Really Useful Little Plants

Plants, Plan Your Garden

Every designer has a "go-to" list of trusty plants that they use many times and love because they will always… Read more.

Katie

The Planting Plan Process: How it works

Plants, Plan Your Garden

With the weather starting to warm up and having spent a lot of time on designing and implementing planting plans… Read more.

Katie

Using Planting Texture in Design

Plants, Plan Your Garden

This post looks at an often forgotten tenet of garden design - texture. If you're looking to add some texture… Read more.

John

Patio Design: Frequently Asked Questions

Plan Your Garden, Patios

At this time of year, we have a stream of enquiries flooding in! We get lots of questions about paving… Read more.

Katie

How to encourage wildlife into your garden

Wildlife, Plan Your Garden

However hard it is, lockdown does have it's benefits. On several of my recent visits, clients have mentioned that they've… Read more.

Katie

What to consider before your garden design consultation

Plan Your Garden, Design Challenges

January is often the time when we start to make plans for the new year. 2020 has highlighted to many… Read more.

Katie

Shrubs to add winter sparkle to the garden

Plants, Plan Your Garden

The festive season has begun and as the temperature falls the garden is often seen as gloomy and dull and… Read more.

John

Copper Beech (Fagus sylvatica f. purpurea)

Plants, Plan Your Garden

The copper beech, also known as purple beech, has to be one of my favourite trees - I'm fortunate enough… Read more.

Alison

Plant Focus: My Two Favourite Asters

Plants, Plan Your Garden

If Salvia ‘Caradonna’ is one of my go to plants for early-mid Summer, then Aster amellus ‘Violet Queen’ & Aster… Read more.

Katie

Using Curves in Garden Design

Plan Your Garden, Shape & Form

Have you ever noticed how the majority of gardens are rectangular in shape? It can be rather a headache for… Read more.

Katie

Plant Focus: Ornamental Alliums

Plants, Plan Your Garden

One of the most widely recognised and used perennials, the ornamental Allium is a tough, easy to grow plant with… Read more.

Katie

Keeping It Simple

Plan Your Garden, Shape & Form

After the recent completion of a beautiful front garden in Newbury, I thought I would highlight how a design -… Read more.

Alison

Plant Focus: Salvia ‘Caradonna’

Plants, Plan Your Garden

This is definitely one of my “go to” plants when preparing planting plans as it is so reliable, well behaved,… Read more.

John

Taking a closer look at Resin

Plan Your Garden, Patios

ALDA Landscapes has been an accredited resin installer since 2018, installing resin driveways, paths and surfaces across Reading, Newbury and… Read more.

Katie

Angular Design

Plan Your Garden, Shape & Form

Making the most out of the space available in a garden is a key component to a great design. Often… Read more.

Katie

Low Maintenance Front Garden Planting

Plants, Plan Your Garden

We recently completed the planting for a front garden for a client in Twyford. This planting needed to be low… Read more.

Alison

Plant Focus: Rosmarinus ‘Miss Jessopp’s Upright’

Plants, Plan Your Garden

A Rosemary? Yes, I am extolling the virtues of a simple, commonly available Rosemary plant. What's to like? Rosmarinus ‘Miss… Read more.

Katie

Winter doesn’t have to mean a dull garden

Plants, Plan Your Garden

The cold weather has arrived and Christmas is quickly approaching. This is the time of year when your garden does… Read more.

Katie

Trees for Autumn colour

Plants, Plan Your Garden

Autumn, for me, is the time for trees. When you think of autumn you likely think of the fiery reds,… Read more.

Katie

Adding structure to planting borders

Plants, Plan Your Garden

A very common request when discussing planting requirements with clients is for a garden with year-round interest - it normally… Read more.

Alison

Plant Focus: Syringa meyeri ‘Palibin’

Plants, Plan Your Garden

Love the flower and wafting scent of Lilac, but put off by the fact that they grow too big too… Read more.

Alison

Plant Focus: Nandina domestica & its smaller relatives

Plants, Plan Your Garden

Until recently, Nandina domestica was little known and rarely used by gardeners in the UK, but it is now gaining… Read more.

John

Porcelain paving is proving a popular choice

Plan Your Garden, Patios

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

Alison

Plant Spacing – The Garden Designer’s Dilemma

Plants, Plan Your Garden

Clients often ask me how I know how far apart to space plants when designing a new planting scheme. And… Read more.

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