Small Garden Case Study – Christine’s Design


This garden case study shows what has been achieved in an incredibly short amount of time (just over 3 months)… Though, there is something about this one that is even more incredible than that, see if you can spot it and I’ll tell you at the end so you can see if you’re right! Here’s what Christine […]

FREE online garden design workshop – what next?


It’s been a while since we’ve last hosted one our FREE online garden design workshops, so we’re thinking of putting together another one in the very near future… So, what would you like us to do for you? Let us know which workshop you’d like by casting your vote below: Please note: we’ve already done […]

Small Garden Case Study – Hilary’s garden


In the beginning… Our garden is part of a brand new property on a brand new estate of houses. As part of the purchase the garden was turfed and had an L shape of paving/patio. It was essentially a blank canvas for us to bring our personality to it, which you think would make the design […]

Garden Design SOS – Design rescue, AFTER the landscaper had finished…


Now, before you accuse me of unfairly knocking landscapers, I’m not. If I am knocking anything, it is what happens when there is no clear design process involved with creating a garden. Something that people often don’t take into consideration, is the part a good design plays in creating a stunning garden. A lot of […]

Modern Materials at the Chelsea Flower Show – “Take-Home” Ideas


So the crowds have dispersed, the designers and TV cameras gone, the gardens dismantled and the Chelsea grounds are once more returned to the pensioners for their retirement. The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015 is over. But what can we take home from the show this year? What ideas, tips, tricks, themes can we borrow? And […]

Chelsea Flower Show 2015 – top trends to transform your garden


Clipped perfection OR nature gone wild? There was a garden style to suit each taste this year… The RHS Chelsea Flower Show. It is always fabulous… Beautiful designs, beautiful flowers, and beautiful people! The epitomy of style in the world of garden design, but what are the overall re-occurring themes? What are this years ‘trends’? […]

Awkward shape garden design solutions – Case study

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Having a garden that is an unusual or awkward shape can often feel like a nightmare to deal with. Actually though, an awkward shape garden often as not is a blessing because it enables you to come up with a design that is very unique, that you wouldn’t have been able to do in a […]

[DESIGN SHOW 14] Patio shapes that improve your garden


To find out more about the Great Garden Formula course, please visit: Does your patio look the way you want? Does it work with the rest of your garden or is it dull and boring? The SHAPE of your patio makes such a difference to the overall look of your garden. It’s often THE most […]

Trisha’s 1st Garden Plan – design case study


The conversation started like this: “Hi Rachel!!! I’m so lucky to have found you! You have such a knack for teaching the RIGHT information, quickly and in the right way. It’s clicking immediately (you should see the garden I designed for my cousin, just after watching the free videos… Imagine what I’ll be able to […]

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 […]

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