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As soon as I walk into the grounds of Chelsea Flower Show I know I am in for a creative… Read more.
When I meet people for the first time and tell them I am a garden designer, their first response is… Read more.
Are you fed up with back breaking days in the garden? Here's a thought - why not make life easier… Read more.
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.
As part of one of our most recent garden make-overs in Newbury, our client had requested a seating area at… Read more.
Be creative with wood... installing an arbour or archway, trellis fencing or a beautiful bespoke gate – such simple additions… Read more.
When we refer to chalky soil, we mean soil which has a layer of chalk below it. Chalky soils tend… Read more.
Wide shallow gardens lack depth relative to their width and can appear to lack a sense of space and distance. … Read more.
If a new patio is a tempting idea then read on ………… With Spring approaching now could be the perfect… Read more.
Some clients get very concerned if we inform them that we are planning to undertake some of the planting in… Read more.
In my eyes, it is just as important to pay attention to your front garden as it is the back. … Read more.
Here at ALDA Landscapes, garden drainage is dear to our hearts, particularly after a succession of years with spells of prolonged… Read more.
Over the years, many of the landscaping projects I’ve worked on have involved brickwork and/or timber construction. As well as… Read more.
If you constantly find yourself battling a soggy, wet garden, it's probably caused either by the existence of a high… Read more.
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.
Sloping gardens. They're challenging for home owners and garden designers alike. In this in-depth piece, we take a look at:… Read more.
Front gardens are often purely functional. Pull up into the driveway, park the car, put the bins out, ... you… Read more.
This blog was almost called “How To Attract Beneficial Insects To Your Garden”, but when we started to think about… Read more.
If you run a business, you'll know what it's like to get that warm fuzzy feeling inside when the hard… Read more.
Many of the gardens we design involve gradients to a lesser or greater degree. If the gradient is relatively steep,… Read more.
We know those of you who read our newsletter regularly love seeing what we've been up to recently... so here's… Read more.
Hot, dry areas of the garden can be quite a challenge for the gardener, particularly if the soil is very… Read more.
Back in January, we blogged about garden drainage and specifically mentioned two projects where drainage was a key 'challenge' (and… Read more.
Long, narrow gardens have several drawbacks, particularly if they are very narrow: the patio can seem very cramped for space… Read more.
This was my first visit to Chelsea for 4 years - and so I was on the search for any… Read more.
As a lifelong bird fan, I love seeing birds visiting my garden. Well yes, ok, some of them can be… Read more.
Let’s face it, there is shade, and there is gloom. It's all very well people suggesting long lists of shade… Read more.
If you read our blog regularly, you'll know that last year, we regularly posted our 'jobs for the garden' -… Read more.
From planning a new border to a complete garden remodel, we pride ourselves on transforming ideas into beautiful reality, with minimum disruption. If you’re based in or around the Reading and Newbury area, we’d love to meet and discuss your project in detail – book your free no-obligation garden consultation today. We do get pretty booked up, particularly during the Spring, so plan ahead if possible!