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A Tropical Garden Landscape
A Tropical Garden Landscape
It is possible to grow tropical trees and plants in the UK, either in containers or in carefully chosen positions with winter protection....
Assessing Your Existing Garden
Assessing Your Existing Garden
Modifying and adapting an existing garden is a hard task, often calling for some hard decisions to be taken; making a careful assessment is the first step to success....
Blocking Unsightly Views
Blocking Unsightly Views
An unsightly view can blight even the most otherwise attractive of gardens, but fortunately there are many ways to put it out of sight – and out of mind....
Choosing a Landscape Gardener
Choosing a Landscape Gardener
Choosing a landscape gardener should be done with great care and personal recommendations are perhaps the best way to go....
Designing a Garden to Boost Your Home's Security
Designing a Garden to Boost Your Home's Security
Household security is a major concern for many people; with a little planning and effort, your garden can play a major part in keeping your home safe....
Designing a People-Orientated Garden
Designing a People-Orientated Garden
Designing a people-orientated garden needs careful consideration of the needs of those who will use it, but the end result can make it a very rewarding undertaking....
Designing a Vegetable Patch
Designing a Vegetable Patch
Planning to landscape a garden to include a vegetable patch means understanding the best position with regard to the sun and knowing what your other uses of the garden…...
Designing the Informal Garden
Designing the Informal Garden
Although informal garden designs look natural, from traditional cottage gardens to wildlife habitats, the key to success lies in careful initial planning and good…...
Give Your Garden the Exotic Look
Give Your Garden the Exotic Look
Even in cold, frost-prone British gardens, with a bit of careful plant selection and imaginative planting, it is possible to create an exotic and tropical look....
Landscaping for Driveways
Landscaping for Driveways
Landscaping around a driveway differs depending on whether you want to hide it or integrate it into your landscape design....
Making the Most of a Small Plot
Making the Most of a Small Plot
Getting the best out of a small plot can be challenging, but with careful planning, you can create a garden to be proud of, however limited the space....
Miniature Rivers and Canals for the Garden
Miniature Rivers and Canals for the Garden
A more ambitious water feature will have a small river, stream or canal flowing through your garden, it doesn't cost much but it is hard work....
Planning a Drought-Resistant Garden
Planning a Drought-Resistant Garden
Adopting drought-resistant planting makes for a low-maintenance garden, is good for the environment, side-steps hosepipe bans and makes sound economic sense for…...
Planning a Formal Garden
Planning a Formal Garden
While the heyday of formal gardening has passed, there is still room for a little of its style and influence in any modern plot....
Planning A Play Area in Your Garden
Planning A Play Area in Your Garden
Almost any garden can accommodate some sort of children’s play area; the key to a successful one lies in good planning coupled with careful attention to safety....
Planning a Stylised Garden
Planning a Stylised Garden
Although stylised gardens are not for everyone, there are worthwhile lessons to be learnt from them and elements can be incorporated into other designs and projects....
Planning A Town Garden
Planning A Town Garden
Fruit tree pests can pose a serious challenge to gardeners; recognising the tale-tale signs of infestation early and taking appropriate action swiftly are key to…...
Planning A Wildflower Garden
Planning A Wildflower Garden
Wildflowers bring the countryside into the most urban of settings, but establishing them is not a simple job – though there are ways to maximise your chances of success....
Planning Frost and Wind Protection
Planning Frost and Wind Protection
While you can’t change the climate, providing the less hardy plants in your garden with a little help when the weather turns nasty can be a big help....
Should You Hire a Garden Designer?
Should You Hire a Garden Designer?
Hiring a garden designer is not necessarily something for people with lots of money and if you can find a good one they could even end up saving you money....
The Importance of Good Garden Design
The Importance of Good Garden Design
Good garden design is as much an instinctive art as it is a formulaic science and holds the key to achieving the sort of outdoor space we have always wanted....
Using Garden Design Software
Using Garden Design Software
Garden design software is a great idea and you can often try out packages for free....
Will I Need Planning Permission for Landscaping Plans?
Will I Need Planning Permission for Landscaping Plans?
There's not much that will require planning permission when you're making garden landscaping plans but potential areas of contention are trees, boundaries and…...
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