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 is often 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 regular rectangular shape garden. So how do you transform an awkward shape garden? First off, you … [Read more...] about Awkward shaped garden design tips
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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. So how do you go about making a practical space a beautiful one? Step 1 … [Read more...] about Front garden design makeover – Case study
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 getting a garden designer in! The garden was perfectly 'nice enough' as it was, surely? It only needed a … [Read more...] about Changing a ‘nice enough’ garden that isn’t nice enough!
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 the world over. Stop. Take a look. And you will see. The Power of … [Read more...] about Power of THREE: Useful Tips from Garden Designers…
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 do after taking your courses)." As you can imagine, this … [Read more...] about Trisha’s 1st Garden Plan – design case study