Inspiration & Tips for your Garden Design

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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.

John

Paving Comparison: Limestone

Advice, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Patios

Natural limestone has been a key building material throughout the ages and used all over the world – even the… Read more.

Alison

How to cope with a wide / deep border

Advice, How to cope with...

We often receive calls and emails from people who have recently moved into a new home, feeling overawed at taking on… Read more.

Alison

Plant Focus: Cotoneaster ‘Cornubia’

Plants

Cotoneasters are generally very easy to grow – and fast growing - evergreen and deciduous shrubs, with white spring flowers,… Read more.

John

Paving Comparison

Advice, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Patios

With Spring’s arrival and having had a few warmer days at last, it is the time of year that many… Read more.

John

Paving Comparison: Indian Sandstone

Advice, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Patios

Of the many options available for paving, my personal favourite is Indian Sandstone.   Currently it is by far the most… Read more.

Alison

Plant to Watch – Mahonia ‘Soft Caress’

Plants

I thought I would just share some details of this plant which was recently brought to my attention by several… Read more.

John

Artificial grass update…

Garden Construction, Patios

As promised an update from last month’s blog on our artificial lawn in Maidenhead ….. the artificial grass is now… Read more.

Alison

The Garden Designer’s Garden – February Update

Garden Construction, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Vegetable Garden

As promised in last month’s blog, here are some photos of my new back garden patio, courtyard, mini formal lawn… Read more.

Alison

Designing & Landscaping A Garden Designer’s Garden

Garden Construction, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Vegetable Garden

People always say to me “You’re a garden designer, I bet you’ve got a lovely garden”. Well, I have a… Read more.

John

An artificial lawn in the making…

Garden Construction, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Lawns

As a landscaping company we lay a lot of natural turf in our day to day work but we are… Read more.

John

What a difference a new wall can make!

Garden Construction, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

What a difference a new wall can make to the appearance of a front garden! This was the case at… Read more.

Alison

Growing Brussel Sprouts

Advice, Vegetable Garden

“How about writing a blog on growing Brussel Sprouts?” Sarah, our web adviser suggested a short while ago. “But I’m… Read more.

Alison

Learning to love Roses… well, … like them at least

Advice, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Plants

Prospective clients often say to me "please don’t give me any roses - they're too much hard work", or "no, definitely… Read more.

John

A Statement Fence

Garden Construction

Mostly when it comes to installing fences, our clients ask us to install traditional fence panels in their garden.  Last… Read more.

Alison

Musings on choosing a garden designer

Advice

Garden designers need to know a lot about a lot of things. Just consider for a moment.  He or she… Read more.

John

… and one large patio now complete!

Garden Construction, Patios

Following on from my September blog!… as I promised here is an update on how things have progressed at our… Read more.

John

Preparing the way for a patio that will last…

Garden Construction, Patios

From small beginnings big things take shape…….. many clients might not appreciate how important the first stages of a garden… Read more.

Alison

Sedum ‘Jose Aubergine’

Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Plants

I first came across this newish form of Stonecrop at an open day of our main perennial wholesale nursery a… Read more.

John

Curve Appeal

Advice, Garden Construction, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

Curve appeal……… this month we have transformed a back garden in Maidenhead where curves take centre stage and give a… Read more.

Alison

Growing Vegetables – Design Considerations

Advice, Vegetable Garden

This is the second of a series of design blogs aimed at encouraging people to make space to grow vegetables… Read more.

John

Have you ever considered a garden room?

Garden Construction, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

Tempted by a chill out space in your garden…..?  This summer house built by ALDA Landscapes in 2011 in my… Read more.

Alison

Plant Focus: Sorbus ‘Joseph Rock’

Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Plants

Sorbus ‘Joseph Rock’ – a yellow berried form of Rowan / Mountain Ash  - is one of my favourite small… Read more.

John

Mastering manhole covers

Drainage, Garden Construction, Patios

Mastering the problem of a manhole cover..... manhole covers might not seem the most exciting topic when considering a new… Read more.

Alison

Making room for vegetables

Advice, Vegetable Garden

I have been asked on numerous occasions over the years to give some tips and advice about growing vegetables and… Read more.

Alison

Plant Focus: Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’

Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Plants

Following on from last month's look at Euonymus alatus, this month I want to share another of my favourites with… Read more.

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