Inspiration & Tips for your Garden Design

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John

Chelsea Flower Show 2021 – Highlights

News & Musings

Congratulations to the team behind this year's 2021 Chelsea Flower Show. Held for the first time ever in September, it… Read more.

Alison

Patio Design Guide

Plan Your Garden, Patios

It is easy to underestimate the impact a new patio can have on your garden. This patio design guide takes… Read more.

John

Things are blooming marvellous in two gardens we landscaped back in 2019!

ALDA in Action

Have a look at how planting has made an impact in these two landscaped gardens. Read more.

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

Jobs for the garden in September and October

Garden Calendar, Maintain Your Garden

September and October are two of the less busy months in the gardening calendar. However, before you put your feet… Read more.

John

Overcoming the challenges of a steep overgrown bank…

ALDA in Action

Our latest project saw us transforming a shallow garden in Newbury and overcoming the challenges of a steep overgrown bank.… 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.

John

Transforming an irregular shaped garden into a modern space for family entertaining

ALDA in Action

This month we’ve been busy finishing a contemporary design build close to home in Newbury. 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

Jobs for the garden in July and August

Garden Calendar, Maintain Your Garden

July and August are months for keeping things going in the garden. If the weather is good, you will want… Read more.

John

Updating a Traditional Multi-Level Garden in Purley on Thames

ALDA in Action

Follow our team as they update a traditional Purley garden to provide a more generous entertaining space and a more… 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

Jobs for the garden in May and June

Garden Calendar, Maintain Your Garden

This time of year, everything seems to be bursting into bud, plants are finally getting into full swing, and gardens… 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.

John

Transforming a cottage style garden with traditional touches…

ALDA in Action

The design, choice of materials and finishing touches keep this Warren Row garden faithful to its cottage style roots. Read more.

John

We’re recruiting! Landscapers needed to join our Newbury team

News & Musings

We are currently looking to recruit more employees to join our small and friendly team at ALDA. The following positions… 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

Jobs for the garden in March and April

Garden Calendar, Maintain Your Garden

March and April are exciting months as the garden begins to spring into life. Aside from keeping those relentless weeds… 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.

John

Tackling a garden with a sloping back corner

ALDA in Action

Making the most of a garden with a sloping back corner in West Ilsley - our first project after the… Read more.

Katie

Jobs for the garden in January and February

Garden Calendar, Maintain Your Garden

This time of year, when the weather is snowy, frosty, or as wet as water, a spot of armchair gardening… 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.

John

A Town Garden Packed with Design Ideas

ALDA in Action

Finished in time for Christmas - a town garden in Newbury where the design works on many levels and quite… Read more.

John

Year in Review: A look back at our 2020 gardens

ALDA in Action

Despite a year full of uncertainties with the challenges of Covid, the team feel lucky to have had the opportunity… 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.

Katie

Jobs for the garden in November and December

Garden Calendar, Maintain Your Garden

We always think of November, and to some extent, December, as being the months for tidying up the garden and… Read more.

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