Creating a garden with the ‘Wow!’ Factor is easier than you think, if you follow 3 simple rules. The reason few people have a really fantastic garden is because the route to creating them is somewhat counterintuitive… 1. Keep It Simple! Simple? But I want Wow! Factor, I hear you cry. How can Simple = Wow? Let's have an example. Think about the most beautiful car you’ve … [Read more...] about Wow Factor Gardens Secrets
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Before you construct a deck in your garden, it is important to make sure you build a shape that enhances your garden and use materials that are long-lasting. You could be looking at your deck for a very long time, so let's make sure you get it right... There are a plethora of different decking materials you can choose, from recycled plastic to hardwood and softwood. In … [Read more...] about Deck Design Ideas For Your Garden
Creating a good planting scheme can be tricky. To help you create a great planting scheme, we're going to dissect what made the planting scheme so good at the inspirational garden of Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos in Cordoba, Spain. How to Use Plants Effectively (the Power of One) The Alcazar garden managed to create a scheme that was brave and bold by using very few … [Read more...] about What Makes A Planting Scheme Great?
Inspirational gardens can do more than just inspire, if you know what to look for they can show you how to make your own garden sensational. I'm currently on a jolly around Spain and Portugal. I mean, I'm working very hard on your behalf, to find exceptional gardens that will inspire and help you improve your own garden. What Makes Stunning Landscaping? Mostly it's shape. … [Read more...] about How to Make a Garden Great
How You Can Improve Your Garden Now Gardens should be for sitting in and relaxing. That's certainly my motto. A nice garden is one of the most relaxing places to be on a nice sunny day. But nice gardens don't happen by accident, they need to be planned properly. Now is the perfect time to start thinking about how you can improve your garden. Some people prefer to think … [Read more...] about How To Give Your Garden A Makeover This Autumn
I've just returned from Spain where we finished planting the Courtyard Garden. You may remember at Easter, we put in the bones of the planting scheme. By bones I mean the main feature plants, the ones that add permanent structure and form the backdrop to the softer, flowering plants. Well, now we have just put in the flowering star performers. If you are new here and want to … [Read more...] about How To Plant A Small Courtyard Garden
For me, it's the silly season. We are working flat out, trying to get gardens done in time for summer. One recently, more or less finished garden, is the now infamous Spanish Courtyard... Progress Report - Spanish Courtyard Garden This is an updated photo of the garden which was featured in the garden design video tutorials. There are still a few … [Read more...] about Spring Gardening Madness
Did you watch it Thursday night? Channel 4's new series called Landscape Man. It was pitched to be like Grand Designs but about creating gardens. The opening episode of this new six part series was jaw dropping. A couple living in Devon had bought a 4-acre site and sunk every penny they had into developing their dream garden to the point of severe financial strain. Keith and … [Read more...] about Don’t be Fooled by The Landscape Man!
Garden Design - How to choose the right landscaper and materials - Part two David Stevens interview. Part one of the interview is here: How to Design Your Garden. Or to listen to the interview in full see episode 7 on iTunes podcast Rachel: So once someone has got their design that they're happy with and they're ready to call in the landscaper, do you have any advice for … [Read more...] about How to Design Your Garden Part 2 – David Stevens Interview
Plants are the vital last piece in the landscape design process. But up until now I’ve avoided discussing how to use plants correctly in the garden and have focused heavily on design. The reason is because everyone thinks that it’s plants that make a great garden and therefore, plants get more than their fair share of airtime already. However, now, as I’m in the middle of … [Read more...] about Plants – How to Choose the Right Ones for Your Garden