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
Someone kindly(?) referred to this website as "porn for garden lovers." As much as l laughed at that, it has made me think; are people just ogling and not actually doing? I want this to be a useful resource where you can come and get the tuition you need (move on from the porn analogy, if you haven't already). I thought if I did this website, offered free advice, people … [Read more...] about Does it take a carrot or a stick to produce a great garden?
In last week's ideas for your garden gallery we featured a selection of more traditional styles of garden with a heavy emphasis on plants. This week's gallery, the last in this series, is the complete opposite of last week's style of garden and focuses primarily on modern contemporary styles. These types of garden tend to have more focus on design and use of hard landscaping … [Read more...] about Ideas for your garden – gallery 3 Modern Contemporary Gardens
In this garden design video tutorial we take a look at how to turn all those measurements you took from the last video and translate them into a usable drawing - the scale plan. You can also view this drawing a scale plan video along with many more on the Successful Garden Design YouTube Channel. Why bother, though? I mean, really, who wants to spend any of their free … [Read more...] about How to draw a garden site survey plan to scale [part 2]
When I do garden design consults there is one sentence I hear over and over again: “Oh we just put that there because we had a gap, it doesn’t have to stay there”… What the ‘that’ is, can be anything from a summerhouse to a birdbath or anything else you care to imagine. To most people, the assumption that an awkward area they don’t know what to do with (or somewhere they have … [Read more...] about Garden design – Be careful of the ‘gap trap’!
Why would you want to design your garden, you have better things to do with your time - right? Well only you can answer that but if you want a really good garden then, I'll answer it for you - YES, you most definitely do need to plan a garden! Still not convinced landscape planning is worth all the effort? OK, let's go with the assumption that you have a zillion other … [Read more...] about Why Having a Garden Plan Saves Time & Money