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 every type of garden, so how can you tell if it will work well for … [Read more...] about Pergolas – Styles, materials and how to know if your garden needs one
There are many different styles of materials that you can use for paths. Garden paths can be made from anything from gravel, to paving, pebble mosaics, brick, timber to recycled church floor flagstones! Before we get going on what type of materials you should use, we need to look at the most important part and that is getting the path in the right place. How to make sure … [Read more...] about Garden paths – How to choose the right style for your garden
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 a modern and contemporary feel, well the exact opposite is true if … [Read more...] about Paving ideas for traditional garden styles
There are an amazing selection of garden pots available these days. Everything from classical terracotta, through to modern glazed urns in different shapes, sizes and colours. Pots can make a great focal point, regardless of whether they have plants in them or not. If you have a nice urn shape, they are very well-suited to just standing empty in amongst planting as shown in … [Read more...] about Garden pots – How to use decorative pots in your garden
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
One of the keys to having your garden look great is down to how you divide up the space within it. I find the well-worn phrase of 'garden rooms' really annoying (don't know why I just do), so I'm going to try to explain what I mean about dividing the space in your garden, without using the 'r' word. We'll see how I get on. Different shape gardens need different space … [Read more...] about If you’ve got a long one, then it needs to be a tease…
It's the time of year where we all start to think that we should be starting to 'do' something with the garden... But what exactly? How much will it cost? And where to start? It can be really frustrating to spend a small fortune on plants and features, only to find that you're not happy with the end results once you've placed everything in your garden. Then follows the … [Read more...] about Need Help and Ideas for Your Garden?
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