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John

5 Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas for Gardeners

News & Musings

Five last minute gift ideas for the gardeners in your life! Get inspired by the following (but hurry up, Christmas is… Read more.

John

A new timber car port in Bray

ALDA in Action

As well as landscaping and designing gardens we are happy to be able to offer the service of constructing timber… 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.

John

Getting stuck in whatever the weather!

ALDA in Action

Update 9/12/2019: Lawn and planting now complete! See photos below. Over the past few weeks we have been building a… Read more.

John

A stunning curved seat makes a real statement piece…

ALDA in Action

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

ALDA in Action

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…

ALDA in Action

...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

ALDA in Action

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

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.

John

Granite paving and circular patio areas in Woolton Hill

ALDA in Action

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

ALDA in Action

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

News & Musings

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

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.

John

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

ALDA in Action

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?

Lawn Care, Maintain Your Garden

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

ALDA in Action

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

Plants, Plan Your Garden

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

Plan Your Garden, Steps & Slopes

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

ALDA in Action

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

Plants, Plan Your Garden

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, Plan Your Garden

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…

ALDA in Action

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

Plan Your Garden, Shape & Form

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

ALDA in Action

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…

ALDA in Action

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

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