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Mastering manhole covers
Mastering the problem of a manhole cover..... manhole covers might not seem the most exciting topic when considering a new… Read more.
Making room for vegetables
I have been asked on numerous occasions over the years to give some tips and advice about growing vegetables and… 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.
Inspiration – Raised Beds
Are you fed up with back breaking days in the garden? Here's a thought - why not make life easier… Read more.
Plant Focus: Euonymus alatus
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.
How To Cope With Shallow Soils Over Chalk
When we refer to chalky soil, we mean soil which has a layer of chalk below it. Chalky soils tend… Read more.
How to Cope with Wide Shallow Gardens
If you have a wide and shallow garden it can appear to lack space and distance. But with some design… Read more.
Is It Safe To Plant In The Winter Months?
Some clients get very concerned if we inform them that we are planning to undertake some of the planting in… Read more.
How to cope with… a sloping garden
Sloping gardens. They're challenging for home owners and garden designers alike. In this in-depth piece, we take a look at:The… Read more.
How To Attract Insects To Your Garden
This blog was almost called “How To Attract Beneficial Insects To Your Garden”, but when we started to think about… Read more.
How to cope with… hot, dry areas of the garden
Hot, dry areas of the garden can be quite a challenge for the gardener, particularly if the soil is very… Read more.
No more garden flooding! Drainage case study update
Back in January, we blogged about garden drainage and specifically mentioned two projects where drainage was a key 'challenge' (and… Read more.
How to cope with… a long narrow garden
Long, narrow gardens have several drawbacks, particularly if they are very narrow: the patio can seem very cramped for space… Read more.
Attracting birds to your garden
As a lifelong bird fan, I love seeing birds visiting my garden. Well yes, ok, some of them can be… Read more.
How To Cope With Rooty, Shady Areas Under Trees & Large Conifers
Let’s face it, there is shade, and there is gloom. It's all very well people suggesting long lists of shade… Read more.
How do I deter cats from my garden?
One of the questions I am most frequently asked by clients and prospective clients is this: "Do you know any… Read more.
How To Cope With Heavy Clay Soil
Anyone who has a garden with heavy clay soil will know about the difficulties of gardening on it. The soil… Read more.
Designing Front Gardens & Driveways
The design of driveways and front gardens poses a somewhat different set of challenges to those faced when creating a… Read more.
Garden Lighting – A Few Pointers
Lighting adds a completely new dimension to gardens. Particularly in the often somewhat cloudy climes of England, a well thought… Read more.
Children & gardens – a few ideas & considerations
Gardens can be magical places for children. Contrary to what many people believe, a child-friendly garden does not have to… Read more.
Top Plants for Winter & Early Spring Interest
While I write this, I am sitting out in the garden in the early morning September sunshine, and winter seems… Read more.
Top Plants for Autumn Colour
Although the warm sunshine will soon be slowly fading, Autumn is definitely not a time of doom and gloom –… Read more.
Plants For Containers
When preparing garden designs and plans, we are often asked by clients to provide them with ideas and suggestions for… Read more.
Disguising Sheds, Wheelie Bins, Trampolines and More – Some Ideas
A good garden design should not only be beautiful, it should also be practical. And practical inevitably means disguising those… Read more.
Lawns – Real Grass v. Artificial Turf
Faced with the prospect of another season of lawn cutting, feeding, edging and other maintenance, you may be feeling that… Read more.
As a supplement to our patio design guide, this collection of patio photos showcases a selection of the patios we… Read more.
Bespoke Timber Garden Buildings, Structures and Furniture
Update: Please see our dedicated bespoke timber structures page here. When it comes to designing a garden, often there’s more… Read more.
Screening Plants & Ideas for Confined Spaces
Need more privacy? Want to block the view from a neighbour’s window? Want to block out an ugly view? But… Read more.