Award-Winning Rooftop Garden Design?

I’m excited to bring you another SGD student design – this time for a stunning rooftop garden for the English Garden Future Fund competition. Gillian’s design has been shortlisted for a chance to study garden design at the world-famous Inchbald School of Design with course fees paid! I’ll now pass you over to Gillian, a passionate […]

Garden Transformation – GGF Design Student – Sam Cowen

I love it when our SDG design students come back and tell us how they’ve got on, this time in particular because I think we could all do with a bit of positivity with all the global events of the past few weeks… Sam is in the UK and had no prior experience of gardens […]

Garden planting rails – How and where to use them

Last time around we looked at all the ins and outs of pergolas. Adding a structure as large and as dominating as a pergola isn’t always the best option for everyone though. So this week we will take a look at planting rails, the pergolas smaller sister. So what exactly is a planting rail? Basically, it’s […]

Front garden design makeover – Case study

Front gardens can be difficult to get right because often as not, they have to be functional, to accommodate the car and driveway or utility area for bins. Just because a driveway is there, it doesn’t mean to say that the area should not be treated as a garden and be made to look beautiful. […]

Power of THREE: Useful Tips from Garden Designers…

So, as the saying goes; ‘Three’s a crowd’ well, not in my book, and not in the eyes of most other designers. For, ever since the beginning of time, we have understood the power of groupings of three (well, ok, slight exaggeration perhaps, but you get my drift!). It is the secret weapon of designers […]

Christmas Gifts for the Gardening fanatic!

It’s that time of year again…head-scratching, floor-pacing… Just WHAT to buy for that special person in your family, who seems to have it all? Do not despair!  Designer Ali Conway has done all the leg-work for you, and scoured the shelves for those unique, interesting, funky ‘designer-touch’ gifts; that will put a smile on the face of […]

Free Garden Design Training *time sensitive*

http://www.successfulgardendesign.com/free-workshop Hurry up and make sure you see this garden design workshop whilst it’s on for FREE! After the 31st October this will be paid viewing only. It’s the BEST workshop we’ve ever put on – take a look at the sneak peek video above… Learn how to design any size or shape garden using a […]

Garden Design Workshop – Winners

This could also be titled confessions of a garden designer… I’ve slightly mucked up this workshop by ending up with more designs than we’ve time for! Originally the garden design workshop was only meant to be 3 gardens but we’ve ended up with 4 (one of which has 2 designs) – don’t ask! I want […]

VOTE NOW – choose which gardens you’d like to see designed in the workshop…

Our next FREE online garden design workshop will be on 17th-31st October – we will be designing 3 gardens! VOTE NOW – We had a draw so please vote AGAIN for the square gardens…you have until 6pm tonight!   Don’t miss out! Come and join us in the workshop… and get a chance to have […]

A back front garden! An unusual garden – Case study

The garden in this month’s case study is a little bit unusual. This is because the driveway ran down the side of it to the garage and parking area at the top. So it was a bit like having a front and back garden combined as one. So how do you overcome an awkward or […]

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

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: http://www.successfulgardendesign.com/online-garden-design-course/ 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 […]

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