Landscaping a garden can be a costly business. There are certainly ways keep costs down but there's one thing that will really screw up any landscaping work you have done... Not having a design. I see this all the time. People hire a professional landscape team, pay out several thousand to create their dream garden only to find it doesn't look a great deal better at the … [Read more...] about Landscaping Disasters – How to Avoid Wasting Money in Your Garden
I'm currently residing in Spain and while I'm here, I'm taking the opportunity to visit the local gardens. So, I thought I'd share my tour with you virtually here. On Sunday, I visited Jardin Nazari in Velez de Benaudalla near Granada. It's an historic garden that was restored about three years ago. It is one of the last Nazarian gardens in Andalusia. So there is a lot of … [Read more...] about Garden Tour – Jardin Nazari, Spain
Inspirational gardens can do more than just inspire, if you know what to look for they can show you how to make your own garden sensational. I'm currently on a jolly around Spain and Portugal. I mean, I'm working very hard on your behalf, to find exceptional gardens that will inspire and help you improve your own garden. What Makes Stunning Landscaping? Mostly it's shape. … [Read more...] about How to Make a Garden Great
In last week's blog post we looked at how to tackle a tiny courtyard garden for reader Rachel Scott. This week we are going to look at the second part of Rachel's question - what to do with a small roof terrace. Plus look out for the special announcement at the bottom of the page... Most of the design tips below will also be applicable for small town gardens and walled … [Read more...] about BIG ideas for roof gardens [part 2]
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?
More ideas for your garden Last week featured the first of three galleries of ideas for your garden. The Beginner's Garden Ideas Gallery featured gardens that are designed using simple geometric shapes like circles, squares and ovals. Moving up a gear The gardens featured in this gallery are more complex than those shown in the Beginner's level. Some of these gardens … [Read more...] about Ideas for your garden – landscape garden photos 2
Looking for ideas for your garden? As promised last week, here is the first of three portfolios of finished gardens. I've labelled this one beginner level because most of the gardens featured are comprised of relatively simple geometric shapes. These are the easiest to design with and therefore a good place to start if you are new to designing your garden. Simple doesn't mean … [Read more...] about Garden Ideas Gallery – Small and Medium Sized Garden Pictures [part 1]