John

Copper Beech (Fagus sylvatica f. purpurea)

Plants

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

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

Katie

Plant Focus: Ornamental Alliums

Plants

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

Alison

Plant Focus: Salvia ‘Caradonna’

Plants

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

Katie

Low Maintenance Front Garden Planting

Planting Themes, Plants

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

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

Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Plants

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

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

Advice, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Plants

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

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

Advice, Plants

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

Katie

Using Spring bulbs to add extra colour

Advice, Plants

Spring bulbs are the underused category of plants that can really lift your garden and add a pop of colour… Read more.

Alison

Helleborus niger –The Christmas Rose

Plants

You know it’s nearly Christmas……. when the first thing that greets you at your local garden centre is a vast… Read more.

Alison

Plant Focus: Pittosporum tenuifolium & its cultivars

Plants

As any ALDA Landscapes customer will tell you, I am a great fan of Pittosporums, and they feature in some… Read more.

Alison

Value For Money Plants

Advice, Plants

At last we have had some rain, and lawns have begun to take on a hint of green - although… Read more.

Alison

Drought Tolerant Plants

How to cope with..., Planting Themes, Plants

As I sit in my office writing this blog, the sun is shining gloriously outside, and it is very warm… Read more.

Alison

Plant Focus: Salvia ‘Royal Bumble’

Advice, Plants

Some people love bright red. But many gardeners shy away from using red flowered plants in their gardens for fear… Read more.

Alison

First Glimpses of Spring

Advice, Plants

As I sit here writing my January blog, the sky outside is grey and overcast. It seemed to take forever… Read more.

Alison

Plants To Lift The Winter Gloom

Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Plants

Is it just me, or does it seem very grey and dark all of a sudden? As I sit here… Read more.

Alison

Mediterranean Planting

Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Planting Themes, Plants

This is the second in a series of blogs looking at using plants for creating different effects, and considers Mediterranean… Read more.

Alison

Glade Planting

Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Planting Themes, Plants

For me, one of the most interesting aspects of planting design is how plants can be used to build and… 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.

Alison

How We Source Plants

Plants

One of the joys of my work is seeing a garden being transformed – from the design, through the landscaping,… Read more.

Alison

The Holly & The Ivy – A Seasonal Blog Post

Plants

It may be seasonal, but I have to say that Ivy (Hedera) is not my favourite plant. It can be… 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.

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.

Alison

Plant Focus: Polystichum setiferum ‘Herrenhausen’ & ‘Proliferum’

Plants

Little plants with long names! Anyone who has ever asked me to design a planting scheme for them will know… Read more.

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