Inspiration & Tips for your Garden Design

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Alison

Plant Spacing – The Garden Designer’s Dilemma

Plan Your Garden, Plants

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

Plan Your Garden, 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

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

Plan Your Garden, Plants

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

Plan Your Garden, 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…

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

Plan Your Garden, 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

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

Patios, Plan Your Garden

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

Plan Your Garden, Plants

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.

John

First steps to a contemporary sunken garden…

ALDA in Action

This month in Caversham (in some of the hottest temperatures this year!) we have been constructing a sunken garden at… Read more.

Alison

Drought Tolerant Plants

Plan Your Garden, Plants

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

John

Chelsea 2018

News & Musings

There is nothing like a sunny day at the Chelsea Flower Show to mark the start of summer! This year,… Read more.

John

A grey porcelain patio creates an impact just in time for summer

ALDA in Action

If you are looking to create a garden with a contemporary feel, take a good look at these grey oblong… Read more.

Alison

Raised Beds – Thoughts From A Designer

Plan Your Garden, Raised Beds & Retaining Walls

Here at ALDA Landscapes, we build a lot of raised beds. In fact, the majority of the designs I prepare… Read more.

Alison

Garden Construction Time-Lapse

ALDA in Action

You might remember seeing a blog post a while back about designing on the diagonal. Our client very kindly took… Read more.

John

ALDA takes on a new build garden makeover

ALDA in Action

We are often approached for advice on how to transform gardens of new build houses. The builder has finished the… Read more.

John

How to add interest to a wide border

Design Challenges, Plan Your Garden

Are you wondering how to add interest to a wide planting border? One option is to install a new pathway… Read more.

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