How to disguise an ugly garden fence – part 3

In Garden fence lowdown – Part one and Part two, we’ve covered what you need to know about putting a fence up and the choices available. But if you want a cheaper and quicker option to replacing a fence, then in this article I’m going to share my top tips for disguising an ugly fence. Covering an […]

Garden fence lowdown – Part 2

In Part 1 of our Garden fence lowdown we looked at the costs involved in the process of constructing a good fence. Now we’re going to look at some examples of different types of fencing. These days there is a lot more choice in fencing, which is definitely a good thing. In this article we […]

Garden fencing lowdown – Part 1

Garden fences – I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with them. I love them because you can quickly and easily screen off the garden and make it secure. I hate them because they invariably tend to be quite ugly and also unbelievably pricey. Also, if it’s your fence, you usually end up looking […]

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 […]

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

There are many different styles of materials that you can use for paths. Garden paths can be made from anything from gravel, to paving, pebble mosaics, brick, timber to recycled church floor flagstones! Before we get going on what type of materials you should use, we need to look at the most important part and […]

Paving ideas for traditional garden styles

Last time we looked at contemporary paving ideas but if modern really isn’t your thing and you want to create a more traditional feel for your garden, then the materials you use hold the main key to how your garden will look. Last time we discussed how using smooth paving with very straight edges creates […]

Paving ideas for contemporary garden styles

If you’d like a modern and contemporary look to your garden, then it’s very important that you choose the right hard landscaping materials. The landscape materials will often have more impact on how your garden will look than the overall design layout. For example, you could have a semicircular retaining wall and patio area, which […]

Garden stone and gravel – How to use gravel effectively in your garden

Gravel and cobbles of mixed sizes can be used in all sorts of different ways in the garden. You often hear people say ‘oh I hate gravel’ and they are very averse to using it in the garden. But done well it is an incredibly diverse and useful material. When people say they hate gravel, […]

Deck Design Tips

Decking, love it or hate it, I think most people would agree, in the right setting, done well it can look fantastic. Equally of course, done badly, it can look awful! How to Avoid Deck Design Disasters For starters, work out what you want to achieve before you get too far into the process. By […]

Patio or Deck – Which is Best?

I’m often asked by clients if they would be better off with a patio or a deck for their garden. There isn’t a definitive answer as to which is better because it depends on your location, tastes and lifestyle needs. But there are pros and cons to each which will help you decide. Here are […]

How to Plan the Perfect Patio for Your Garden

Last week we looked at how to plan the perfect deck. This week it’s the turn of planning the perfect patio. Just like with a designing a deck, a little bit of planning goes a long way when it comes to creating a great looking patio. Putting your ideas down on paper will save you […]

How to Plan the Perfect Deck for Your Garden

A little bit of planning goes a long way when it comes to creating a great looking deck. Putting your ideas down on paper will save you a lot of time and, potentially, money, and will ensure you get your dream deck. Planning on paper first allows you to see if your ideas will work. […]

Fence or Hedge Your Garden – Which is Best?

I’m often asked by clients if they would be better off with a fence or a hedge to surround their garden. There are pros and cons to each. Here are some of the main things to consider: Fence Benefits                       .   Fence Downsides Instant Can […]

Deck Design Ideas For Your Garden

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 […]

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