Successful Garden Design Tips – dividing space in an awkward shape garden

In this week’s Successful Garden Design Tips video we look at how you can tackle an awkward shape garden that tapers with a great little designer trick – dividing the space to add the wow factor! Learn more, attend one of our FREE Fast Track Garden Design online classes… Register on this page: https://www.successfulgardendesign.com/freeclasses/

Sam’s stunning garden – update

We featured Sam’s garden last year. To refresh your memory, here’s what she started out with… Sam says “I completed Rachel’s Great Garden Design Formula during the winter of 2015-16 and spent every minute of every waking hour imagining what my completed garden could look like. I got the chance to build it in spring 2016 […]

Successful Garden Design Tips 2 – How to use colour in the garden effectively…

In this week’s Successful Garden Design Tips video, Rachel walks you through how to combine colours in the right way to add the wow factor to your garden! BUT do be warned, colour alone will NOT give you a stunning garden – you have to get the design layout right first. If you don’t know […]

Successful Garden Design Tips – Video 1 – Line it up!

Adding the wow factor to your garden with a very simple but often overlooked designer trick… To download the free cheat sheet that comes with this video go to: https://www.successfulgardendesign.com/wow/ In this quick Successful Garden Design Tips video Rachel walks you through a simple designer trick of lining up elements within the garden that make […]

[DESIGN SHOW 19] – Mediterranean garden tour & adding the WOW with colour

Download the WOW factor garden cheat sheet from: https://www.successfulgardendesign.com/wow/ Details of William and Robert’s fantastic mountain Med garden can be found here: https://www.jardinalpujarra.com/the-garden/ If you’d like to volunteer to help in the garden, details of how to do that are here: https://www.jardinalpujarra.com/the-garden/membership-and-volunteering/ And if you’d like to stay at their lodging, details here: http://www.cortijoopazo.com Here’s […]

Long, narrow, awkward side yard garden makeover – Case study

When it comes to garden design, some gardens are definitely more challenging than others. A particularly tricky one  is the long narrow side garden, which often ends up as a junkyard. It’s not really large enough to do anything with, that’s the problem. Well actually, with a few cunning design tricks, you can turn that […]

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. […]

Changing a ‘nice enough’ garden that isn’t nice enough!

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: https://successfulgardendesigncourses.com/great-garden-formula/ 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 […]

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