Inspiration & Tips for your Garden Design

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Alison

Glade Planting

Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Planting Themes, Plants

For me, one of the most interesting aspects of planting design is how plants can be used to build and… Read more.

John

A covered storage area proves to be a good idea…

Garden Construction, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

This month in a garden in Lower Earley, we built a bespoke timber storage area as part of a wider… Read more.

Alison

Time saving tips for Spring

Advice, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

May has to be my favourite month of the year. Everything in the countryside has that lovely lush fresh green… Read more.

John

Transform your garden with a new patio

Garden Construction, Patios

It is easy to underestimate the impact a new patio can have on your garden. It can instantly update and… Read more.

Alison

Plant Focus: Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’ – A Garden Designer’s View

Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Plants

As a garden designer, I have very mixed emotions when it comes to Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’. Am I… Read more.

John

Bespoke garden structures in a garden with a slope

Garden Construction

At our recent landscaping project in a garden in Caversham, the landscaping team at ALDA constructed two bespoke builds –… Read more.

Alison

Making space for all the things you want to grow

Advice, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Plants

Modern new build houses seem to be allocated ever smaller gardens; we find that even large dwellings nowadays are often… Read more.

Alison

How We Source Plants

Plants

One of the joys of my work is seeing a garden being transformed – from the design, through the landscaping,… Read more.

John

A featured brick seat in a traditional garden

Garden Construction, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Patios

This week the landscaping team at ALDA have been busy constructing a curved brick seat in a garden in Barkham.… Read more.

Alison

The Holly & The Ivy – A Seasonal Blog Post

Plants

It may be seasonal, but I have to say that Ivy (Hedera) is not my favourite plant. It can be… Read more.

John

Busy December Days!

Garden Construction

Busy days leading up to Christmas for the ALDA Landscape team... A question I am often asked at this time… Read more.

Alison

Creative Ways with Plants

Advice, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Plants

When designing a planting scheme for clients, garden designers (me included) always look to provide structure and plant interest all… Read more.

John

When a trellis screen can make all the difference…

Garden Construction, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

A trellis screen can come in very handy.  It can effectively minimise the impact of a nearby eyesore and so… Read more.

Alison

What to plant in a narrow border (by a boundary or fence)

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

Most gardens that I visit have a few borders which are really narrow, some perhaps just 30cm (1’) to 45cm… Read more.

John

Drainage solutions – a recent case study

Advice, Drainage, Garden Construction, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Patios

When it comes to the hard landscaping of any of our garden designs, sustainable drainage systems are crucial to the… Read more.

Alison

Plant Focus: Polystichum setiferum ‘Herrenhausen’ & ‘Proliferum’

Plants

Little plants with long names! Anyone who has ever asked me to design a planting scheme for them will know… Read more.

Alison

Designing on the Diagonal

Advice, ALDA News, Garden Construction, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

Garden designers often like to tilt the orientation of a garden so that, for example, lawns and paths run at… Read more.

Alison

“Beyond my wildest dreams”

ALDA News, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

One of our recent clients has just sent us these photos... ... and also these kind words: "I would like… Read more.

Alison

Alison’s Pre-Holiday Update

ALDA News, Garden Construction

Well, I’m about to pack my bags and depart to deepest Italy to recharge my batteries, but I will have… Read more.

John

A dry stone wall in Whitchurch

Garden Construction

Problem: what to do about a crumbling flint wall in a cottage garden Solution: replace it with a new dry… Read more.

Alison

Plant Focus: Cotinus coggygria ‘Golden Spirit’

Plants

Another of my favourite plants, this yellow leaved form of the smoke bush is perhaps less well known than its… Read more.

John

Paving Comparison: Yorkstone

Advice, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Patios

Yorkstone is a naturally occurring sedimentary Carboniferous sandstone of extremely good quality.  It is sourced from the quarries of Northern… Read more.

John

Paving Comparison: Porcelain

Advice, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Patios

Porcelain paving is a relatively new and exciting product to arrive on the paving market and is proving popular due… Read more.

John

How to create a workable garden on a steep slope

How to cope with...

Client Brief: create a new level lawn for their children to play on. Problem: how to create a workable garden on… Read more.

Alison

Alison’s Update – July 2016

ALDA News, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

At this time of year, I like to get out and about with my camera – taking photos of gardens… Read more.

John

My Top 6 Highlights of Chelsea Flower Show 2016

Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

As I look back on my visit to Chelsea Flower Show this May it is the explosion of colour on… Read more.

Alison

Plant Focus: Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’

Plants

Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’ is a really useful, attractive and elegant medium sized garden tree.  Whilst it is deciduous, designers like… Read more.

John

Paving Comparison: Slate

Advice, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Patios

Like sandstone and limestone, slate is a natural stone which has been used for hundreds of years as a building… Read more.

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