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!
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 the world over. Stop. Take a look. And you will see. The Power of … [Read more...] about Power of THREE: Useful Tips from Garden Designers…
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 to do is decide if you want to have a lawn or not. Lawns are fairly inexpensive in the scheme of … [Read more...] about Small Garden Re-design – 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
L-shaped gardens can be difficult to deal with because one section is often quite narrow and leads into a larger area. To make the best use of the available space, it's important to bear the following things in mind… Step 1 Decide if you want to create two separate spaces or one continuous garden. You have the choice with an L-shape garden, you can either separate the areas … [Read more...] about L-shape garden design – Case study
So, just how do you go about transforming a boring and bland garden into something that is beautiful, eye-catching and won't blow your budget? Step 1 Take a good look at the overall shape of your garden. Is your garden long and narrow in shape? Perhaps it is wider than longer? Or maybe it is a square shape? Maybe, none of those and you have a really odd and awkward shape … [Read more...] about Transforming a bland garden – Case study
If your garden is wider than it is long, then you need to put a bit more thought in to how you plan it. The problem with wide gardens is their lack of depth, it makes the garden feel confined because the end of the garden is so close. This is true even if the garden is quite sizeable. You might have a lot of physical space in the garden, but if it's pointing in the wrong … [Read more...] about Wide garden design – Case study