Inspiration & Tips for your Garden Design

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John

A stunning curved seat makes a real statement piece…

Garden Construction, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Patios

Update 9/12/2019: See new photos showing the newly laid lawn below. Things are taking shape at our recent design project… Read more.

Alison

Before & After: Ultra Contemporary Family Garden

Garden Construction, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

We've just published another featured project - this time an ultra contemporary family garden in Twyford. The brief was to… Read more.

John

A front and back garden on a steep slope…

Garden Construction, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

...how Katie Thomas, our in-house designer took on the challenge of coming up with a design for a front and… Read more.

Alison

Before & After: An Eclectic Yet Functional Garden

Garden Construction, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

We've just published a couple of new featured projects, and thought we'd highlight one of them here on our blog… 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.

John

Granite paving and circular patio areas in Woolton Hill

ALDA News, Garden Construction, Patios

Granite paving and circular patio areas have transformed a recent ALDA Landscapes project in Woolton Hill! Our client’s brief for… Read more.

Alison

What a difference a border makes

Advice, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

One of the most common requests I receive from clients when designing gardens is to ensure that the planting (amongst… Read more.

John

Trending at Chelsea 2019

Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

From John and Kate's recent visit, details of what was trending at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2019... THE COLOUR… 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.

John

Porcelain paving is proving a popular choice

Garden Construction, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, 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

Advice

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

John

A new brick wall in Caversham takes on a period feel…

Garden Construction, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

Our brief was to transform our client's front garden, creating a design that would compliment the period character of their… Read more.

Alison

What should I do with my lawn after the ravages of last summer?

How to cope with..., Lawns

In summary: Don't panic!! Replacing your entire lawn is almost certainly not necessary; the vast majority of lawns will completely… Read more.

John

Get the Look: Create a Contemporary Garden

Advice, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

We've recently completed a stunning contemporary garden in Twyford... This garden was transformed with a modern new look, and we… 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.

Katie

Dealing with a sloping garden

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

One of our recent designs involved creating a back garden design for a client whose recent extension left them with… Read more.

John

A Very Victorian Path

Garden Construction, Patios

A Victorian look black and white tiled path transforms a front garden in Reading... The problem An uneven and tired-looking… Read more.

Alison

The Garden in Winter

Advice, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

Let’s face it, gardens don’t always look their best in mid-winter. Yet, looking out at my back garden this morning,… 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.

John

Finished in time for Christmas…

Garden Construction

Last month’s feature garden in Maidenhead with the shutter screen trellis (see work in progress here) is now ready for our… Read more.

Alison

Garden Design Psychology

Advice, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

For me, one of the joys of designing, and then constructing gardens for people is witnessing the pleasure that clients… Read more.

John

A shutter screen trellis in Maidenhead

Garden Construction

A shutter screen can be a good alternative to a more traditional looking trellis or fence line… At our most… Read more.

John

A twist on a garden shed…

Garden Construction, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

The brief from our client: To build an outside bar within the confines of an attractive bespoke shed, which could… 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

Softening the Lines

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

Many of the gardens we work in have starkly rectangular or very angular boundaries. In addition, many modern houses are… Read more.

John

From sloping bank to attractive softwood sleeper terraces…

Garden Construction

In one of our recent projects, we were presented with an interesting challenge: how to deal with an area of… Read more.

John

Resin: A Versatile Alternative Landscaping Product

Garden Construction, Patios

We are now an accredited installer of resin products from the The Resin Mill and recently used it on a driveway… Read more.

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