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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Garden Pergolas pt 1 – How to know if your garden needs one?

Having a pergola in the garden can be a very nice feature as it adds height and year round interest. However, it is critical that they are correctly situated otherwise it could end up looking out of place and a bit of an eyesore! As wonderful as a pergola can look, they certainly don’t suit […]

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 […]

[DESIGN SHOW 16] – Chelsea Flower Show Highlights

Chelsea Flower Show Highlights Have you not had a chance to visit the Chelsea Flower Show this year? No worry. In this episode garden designer Ali Conway takes you on a tour of the World’s premier gardening event, the Chelsea Flower Show that was held in London last month. You’ll be able to see all […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

[DESIGN SHOW 12] – Garden Focal Points & Plant Border Tips

In this episode garden designer Rachel Mathews discusses how to correctly position garden statues, sculptures and focal points. You can see the rest of her interview with artist and author Kitty Harri in the Andalusian sculpture garden in Otivar near Granada in Spain. Rachel will then give you her tops tips on positioning focal points […]

[DESIGN SHOW 11] Sculpture Garden tour – Kitty Harri, Spain

Kitty Harri’s Sculpture Garden In this episode, garden designer Rachel Mathews takes you on a fabulous tour of author Kitty Harri’s Andalusian sculpture garden in Otivar near Granada in Spain. The garden features over 60 sculptures. Along side Kitty’s pieces there are also works by famous sculptors Carlos Bajouca, Patrick Adam, Ron Egan and Mad […]

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 […]

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