Inspiration & Tips for your Garden Design

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John

Creations at Chelsea

Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

As soon as I walk into the grounds of Chelsea Flower Show I know I am in for a creative… Read more.

Alison

Garden Designer: Artist or Problem Solver?

Advice, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

When I meet people for the first time and tell them I am a garden designer, their first response is… Read more.

John

Inspiration – Raised Beds

Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

Are you fed up with back breaking days in the garden? Here's a thought - why not make life easier… Read more.

Alison

Plant Focus: Euonymus alatus

Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Plants

Every garden designer has his or her favourite/most-used plants, and I'm no different.  But rather than sharing a long list… Read more.

John

A garden bench dilemma

Garden Construction

As part of one of our most recent garden make-overs in Newbury, our client had requested a seating area at… Read more.

John

Be creative with wood in your garden

Construction, Garden Construction, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

Be creative with wood... installing an arbour or archway, trellis fencing or a beautiful bespoke gate – such simple additions… Read more.

Alison

How To Cope With Shallow Soils Over Chalk

Advice, How to cope with..., Plants

When we refer to chalky soil, we mean soil which has a layer of chalk below it.  Chalky soils tend… Read more.

Alison

How to Cope with Wide Shallow Gardens

Advice, How to cope with...

Wide shallow gardens lack depth relative to their width and can appear to lack a sense of space and distance. … Read more.

John

John’s Blog: Thinking of a new patio?

Garden Construction, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Patios

If a new patio is a tempting idea then read on ………… With Spring approaching now could be the perfect… Read more.

Alison

Is It Safe To Plant In The Winter Months?

Advice, Plants, Questions

Some clients get very concerned if we inform them that we are planning to undertake some of the planting in… Read more.

John

First impressions count…

ALDA News, Garden Construction

In my eyes, it is just as important to pay attention to your front garden as it is the back. … Read more.

Alison

An introduction to garden drainage… from an expert

Advice, Drainage, Garden Construction

Here at ALDA Landscapes, garden drainage is dear to our hearts, particularly after a succession of years with spells of prolonged… Read more.

John

It’s not just gardens we design and build… 2014 saw two high quality garage builds!!

ALDA News, Construction

Over the years, many of the landscaping projects I’ve worked on have involved brickwork and/or timber construction. As well as… Read more.

Alison

How To Cope With Wet Soils / Gardens

Advice, Drainage, How to cope with...

If you constantly find yourself battling a soggy, wet garden, it's probably caused either by the existence of a high… Read more.

John

Don’t always believe the builder!

Advice, Garden Construction

Alison has finally persuaded me to venture into the blog-o-sphere and publish my first blog post.  Let’s just say this… Read more.

Alison

How to cope with… a sloping garden

Advice, How to cope with...

Sloping gardens. They're challenging for home owners and garden designers alike. In this in-depth piece, we take a look at:… Read more.

Alison

How to cope with… an open plan front garden – a case study

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

Front gardens are often purely functional.  Pull up into the driveway, park the car, put the bins out, ... you… Read more.

Alison

How To Attract Insects To Your Garden

Advice

This blog was almost called “How To Attract Beneficial Insects To Your Garden”, but when we started to think about… Read more.

Alison

Working to a deadline (… and not just a normal one either!)

ALDA News, Patios

If you run a business, you'll know what it's like to get that warm fuzzy feeling inside when the hard… Read more.

Alison

Using gabions for retaining walls – a case study

Advice, ALDA News, Ideas, Inspiration & Trends

Many of the gardens we design involve gradients to a lesser or greater degree.  If the gradient is relatively steep,… Read more.

Alison

An update on our recent work

ALDA News

We know those of you who read our newsletter regularly love seeing what we've been up to recently... so here's… Read more.

Alison

How to cope with… hot, dry areas of the garden

Advice, How to cope with..., Plants

Hot, dry areas of the garden can be quite a challenge for the gardener, particularly if the soil is very… Read more.

Alison

No more garden flooding! Drainage case study update

ALDA News, Drainage

Back in January, we blogged about garden drainage and specifically mentioned two projects where drainage was a key 'challenge' (and… Read more.

Alison

How to cope with… a long narrow garden

Advice, How to cope with...

Long, narrow gardens have several drawbacks, particularly if they are very narrow: the patio can seem very cramped for space… Read more.

Alison

Reflections On Chelsea 2014

Ideas, Inspiration & Trends, Plants

This was my first visit to Chelsea for 4 years - and so I was on the search for any… Read more.

Alison

Attracting birds to your garden

Advice

As a lifelong bird fan, I love seeing birds visiting my garden. Well yes, ok, some of them can be… Read more.

Alison

How To Cope With Rooty, Shady Areas Under Trees & Large Conifers

Advice, How to cope with...

Let’s face it, there is shade, and there is gloom.  It's all very well people suggesting long lists of shade… Read more.

Alison

The ALDA Garden Calendar

Advice, Garden Calendar

If you read our blog regularly, you'll know that last year, we regularly posted our 'jobs for the garden' -… Read more.

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