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 awkward side area into something eye-catching and … [Read more...] about Long, narrow, awkward side yard garden 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!
The front garden makeover in this case study had a driveway either side of it and a small lawn at the front. The design needed to be viewed from all angles and be welcoming as you approached the house from the road, whilst also looking good from the view from the window. So how do you go about creating a garden that looks good from every angle? Step 1 Choose a shape that … [Read more...] about Front garden makeover – Case study
Square gardens can be a little bit tricky to design, because you can see everything in one go, which often makes them quite boring to look at. So, how do you design your garden if it's a boring square shape? Good question, glad you asked! If the garden is large enough, you can often divide the space up and make an interesting side area alongside the main lawn. This breaks up … [Read more...] about Large square garden makeover – Case study
This Garden Design Show episode features the second quick-sketch challenge. In ten minutes or less, designer Rachel Mathews will come up with as many landscape design ideas as she can for a viewer's garden in the UK, near Cardiff. You'll be able to see how to do a simple garden makeover on a budget. Rachel will plan the garden from scratch, giving ideas on how to best … [Read more...] about [DESIGN SHOW 4] – Garden Makeover Ideas
Garden designers are often accused of designing gardens that people can't afford (just read the second page of comments on the design video on YouTube if you want to get a taste of how intensely people feel about this)... So what do you do if you can't afford to rip up your existing garden and start again? Should you give up if you're on a tight budget? Absolutely not! It's … [Read more...] about Californian Courtyard Garden Design Makeover – on a budget
Summer is the time to really appreciate your garden, so let's maximise your enjoyment by making the landscape look as spectacular as possible! There's nothing worse than finally sitting on your favourite sun lounger, only to notice how various parts of the garden aren't looking as good as they ought to. If you think you've left it too late to improve your garden, don't … [Read more...] about How to make your garden look spectacular this summer!
How You Can Improve Your Garden Now Gardens should be for sitting in and relaxing. That's certainly my motto. A nice garden is one of the most relaxing places to be on a nice sunny day. But nice gardens don't happen by accident, they need to be planned properly. Now is the perfect time to start thinking about how you can improve your garden. Some people prefer to think … [Read more...] about How To Give Your Garden A Makeover This Autumn