Garden Case Study – ‘Blank Canvas’ Backyard Transformation (SGD student)


In the last garden case study, we featured a small front garden makeover, a reader had created after watching the Garden Design Workshop. The garden we’re looking at today is from a Great Garden Formula course student called Ingrid, living in Ontario, Canada. Ingrid started her garden just 2 years ago, with NO previous design experience of any […]

Front Garden Makeover – SGD Reader’s Plans


I get so excited when people send me photographs of what they’ve done in their garden from what they’ve learned here at Successful Garden Design. So I’m thrilled to be able to share with you a really simple front garden makeover that one of our readers is in the process of doing. So these are the plans […]

Hot tubs – garden designer heaven or hell?


Whenever a client utters the magic words ‘hot tub’ my heart immediately sinks. I cannot stand them, especially in UK gardens! For me they are an eyesore that can be difficult to incorporate successfully into a garden. My biggest issue with them is they can often stick out like a sore thumb. You have to […]

Small Garden Re-design – Case Study


Small gardens do not have to be dull and boring. You’d be surprised just how much you can do in a small space garden. So let’s now take a look at a small garden case study and walk you through the design steps. Step 1 – With any small space garden, the 1st thing you need […]

Can you help me settle an argument with my mother (and potentially get your garden designed for free!)


Is there such a thing as a ‘typical’ garden (or backyard, for our American readers)? Or, if there isn’t a typical back garden, perhaps common issues that a lot of people face with landscaping their garden? What about gardens across the globe? Are there similarities worldwide? I’m on a mission to find out and I […]

Front garden makeover – Case study


The front garden makeover in this case study had a driveway either side of it and a small lawn at the front. The design needed to be viewed from all angles and be welcoming as you approached the house from the road, whilst also looking good from the view from the window. So how do […]

Changing a ‘nice enough’ garden that isn’t nice enough!


A few years back, a friend of mine asked me to redesign the garden of a house she’d just bought. I was happy to help as I could see there was lots of room for improvement. Her family were all keen gardeners, and by the look on their faces, they were somewhat aghast at her […]

Garden update – sort of…


If you have been wondering what happened to my parent’s garden we featured in episodes 8 and 9 of the Garden Design Show, the one that needed the flower beds updating. Yes, the one where we’d removed a large hedge and mother nature had done her thing and put all sorts of clashing colour combinations together, […]

Long, narrow, awkward side yard garden makeover – Case study


When it comes to garden design, some gardens are definitely more challenging than others. A particularly tricky one  is the long narrow side garden, which often ends up as a junkyard. It’s not really large enough to do anything with, that’s the problem. Well actually, with a few cunning design tricks, you can turn that […]

[DESIGN SHOW 10] – Vegetable Gardens – Designer Ideas, with Niki Jabbour


To get Niki’s book, visit: Vegetable Gardens – Designer Ideas In this episode of Garden Design Show, Rachel will tell you all about how you can incorporate fruits and vegetables into your garden using stunning tips and tricks, regardless of what size your garden is. This episode features a guest expert, a broadcaster and the best […]

Large square garden makeover – Case study


Square gardens can be a little bit tricky to design, because you can see everything in one go, which often makes them quite boring to look at. So, how do you design your garden if it’s a boring square shape? Good question, glad you asked! If the garden is large enough, you can often divide […]

[DESIGN SHOW 6] – Front Garden Ideas


Check out the Great Garden Formula online garden design course that Rachel mentions in the episode: Front Garden Design Ideas In this video, you will learn how to transform your front garden. Professional international, garden designer, Rachel Mathews, will show you how to plan front garden design ideas in a number of ways. She […]

How to Draw and Group Plant Symbols


I’m delighted to introduce Lisa from the Lisa Orgler Design. Lisa is a fabulous designer and artist, she’s very kindly agreed to show us how to draw planting plan symbols like a pro. We all have grand ideas for our garden.  We scrutinize local nurseries, plant catalogues and Pinterest for plant ideas and interesting combinations, […]

[DESIGN SHOW 4] – Garden Makeover Ideas


Download your FREE landscaping design guide here: This Garden Design Show episode features the second quick-sketch challenge. In ten minutes or less, designer Rachel Mathews will come up with as many landscape design ideas as she can for a viewer’s garden in the UK, near Cardiff. You’ll be able to see how to do […]

[DESIGN SHOW 3] – Edible, modern landscape design with focal point and lighting design tips


Episode 3 – Creating an edible, modern garden Creating a garden that is full of edibles AND looks good, can be quite a daunting challenge. In this episode, landscape designer, Rachel Mathews, will show you how she transformed a garden in Malaysia into a contemporary, food-producing garden. This episode also looks at how to correctly […]

Gifts for gardeners – ideas to help prevent you buying your loved ones socks (again)!


If you’re struggling for what to buy beloved friends and family for Christmas, then here’s some suggestions that might just help you! Sarah Raven Garden Goodies (UK) Writer, broadcaster and teacher, Sarah Raven has put together a lovely selection of garden gifts, with everything ranging from tools, gardening kits, clothing, unusual see mixes and much, […]

Transforming a bland square shape back garden – Case study


Like a lot of gardens, the garden featured in this month’s case study was a fairly typical one. It consisted mainly of just lawn with a few plants dotted around and a shed. So, if the majority of your garden is lawn, how do you make it more interesting? Step 1 Create a lawn shape […]

L-shape garden design – Case study


L-shaped gardens can be difficult to deal with because one section is often quite narrow and leads into a larger area. To make the best use of the available space, it’s important to bear the following things in mind… Step 1 Decide if you want to create two separate spaces or one continuous garden. You […]

Garden walls – How to choose the right style for your garden


Be it for a raised bed or a retaining wall, when it comes to materials for garden walling there is a lot more available to you then using just simple brick. That’s not to say brick walls aren’t good in the garden, they are, and it can be nice to use bricks that match your […]

How to deal with a small awkward shaped garden – Case study


Not all gardens are the perfect square or rectangle, sometimes they are an awkward and odd shape. Don’t let that put you off though. There’s some really simple steps you can take to transform any awkward shape garden into a beautiful one. Step 1 The 1st thing you need to do with any awkward shape […]

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