Inspiration & Tips for your Garden Design

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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.

Alison

Plant Focus: Pittosporum tenuifolium & its cultivars

Plants, Plan Your Garden

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

Plan Your Garden, Shape & Form

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…

ALDA in Action

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

Plan Your Garden, Patios

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

Alison

Value For Money Plants

Plants, Plan Your Garden

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

John

Things take shape at the sunken garden in Reading

ALDA in Action

Following on from last month’s blog, it's time to share with you our progress and new developments at the sunken… Read more.

Alison

A Guide to Garden Steps

Plan Your Garden, Steps & Slopes

Wherever there is a change of level in a garden, some form of step(s) or ramp is required. Garden steps… Read more.

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