[DESIGN SHOW 25] Sloping, wide garden design plan ideas
Wide, Sloping Garden Design Concept Plan Ideas In this episode, professional, international garden designer Rachel Mathews will show how she designed a wide, shallow client garden with lots of changes in level. As you’ll see in the video, the design the landscaping company came up with, wasn’t making the best use of space within the garden or tackling the slope well. Creating a garden design that flows It’s important to remember that a garden is a whole entity, not a series of unrelated parts. Knowing this will really help when it comes to creating a design that works seamlessly. Creative changes in level for sloping gardens Just because a level change is in a certain place in the garden, doesn’t mean it has to stay there when you landscape your garden. Adjusting the shape and position of the level change can have a dramatic impact on the final look and feel of your design, as Rachel demonstrates in the vide. Would you like Rachel to design your garden? If you’d like Rachel to come..
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Modern, awkward shape garden design – Wolfgang’s garden
I’m very pleased to be featuring Wolfgang’s garden in this week’s SGD Student Hall of Fame. Wolfgang lives in Germany and this is the garden he had to contend with once the house was completed! Yikes! What to do with a garden like this? Firstly: LEARN ABOUT GARDEN DESIGN (if you’re going to DIY). The best way, and of course I would say this, is to buy an online garden design course! Specifically The Great Garden Formula – which is exactly what Wolfgang did. He tried various different designs as he progressed through the course, the first one we show in the video he’s kindly created showing us around his design. Video Tour of Wolfgang’s Design I really love the metal panel sections in between the hedging, that you can see in the video – think I might have to ‘borrow’ that idea! And thank goodness Wolfgang came to my rescue with navigating on SketchUp! The Construction Process Wolfgang had NO previous garden design experience before doing the course and he has painstakingly bui..
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Small Garden Plan Review – Dubai
Beautiful small garden transformation Garden BEFORE landscaping The owner of this lovely small garden in Dubai wanted to create a magical garden for her family. Places to sit to escape the intense sun were also a must. Here’s the design a designer came up with for the garden. As you can see there’s a lot of upright structures to create plenty of shady seating areas… Small Garden Design Plan Here’s how the garden would look from the patio. Garden AFTER proposed landscaping Does this design work though? Is it practical to divide a small space garden into 3 sections and have so many upright structures? Here’s what Rachel had to say… (click play to view) Do you want a second opinion on your garden plan? Regardless of whether you’ve done the design yourself or had a professional in to help, Rachel is always happy to give you feedback and a second opinion. So if you want to discover if your garden design really works BEFORE you’ve spent thousands having the garden built – Rachel is ..
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Fibrestone Planter Project

Fibrestone Planter Project

Today we received an image from Ground Level Works in London who had used our new range of fibrestone planters in a project at the Bank of Friendship Pub in Highbury, London.

The colour of the grey, almost concrete, finish of the fibrestone planter looks stunning in comparison to the earthy colours of the plants. Using multiple plants in one container also works well, with complementing hues.

These grey fibrestone planters make a bold statement,

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Enter Your Garden To Win A FREE Design Plan
From September our flagship design course, the Great Garden Formula, will have a diploma version available for anyone wishing to design professionally. For this we need 8 real gardens (from anywhere in the world) for students to design… Our students design to a very high standard – take a look at our Student Hall of Fame here! Examples of Successful Garden Design student plans Send us your garden! Before you enter though – please be aware of the following terms & conditions: You may not receive your design plans until next year – students will be required to design 5 out of the 8 gardens we select. So we cannot give you a definitive timescale. Any details you give us about your garden will be available to Successful Garden Design students. The end results, plus photographs you’ve supplied will be used for publicity purposes to a worldwide audience. You must intend to build the garden from whichever design you choose within 2 years and keep us updated with photographs as the garden ..
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Garden Makeover the Designer Way
When the weather starts heating up you’ll either be basking in the sun or cooling off in the shade and enjoying the beauty of your garden or patio… But what if you haven’t yet created your dream garden? How to glam up your garden for summer Whether you are kicking back quietly or entertaining friends and family, here’s how you can quickly make your garden more inviting without completely re-landscaping your garden. Concentrate your ‘glammification’ efforts closest to the house for most impact Avoid adding expensive permanent fixtures until you have a design for the WHOLE garden Screen off the view of unsightly areas of the garden with trellising or planting in tubs Bring the outside in When setting the scene, it’s key to make your outdoor spaces as comfortable and livable as they are indoors. So you might consider ditching the hard, upright table and chairs that might currently take centre stage and opt instead for a mix of generous seats with comfortable cushions and add some att..
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Contemporary Garden Design – SGD student Tessa Marshall
Nothing makes me happier than when my Successful Garden Design students send in their design plans after completing the courses. Tessa from Canada did our Great Garden Formula course and has come up with some lovely contemporary designs for her portfolio. The design layout in this first example is modern with a rustic twist. The image below shows the view from the house where you can see how effective the design shapes are in drawing the eye down the garden. Contemporary Garden Design My favourite version is this one. I love the use of trees to add height and interest as well as the modern materials and simplified colour scheme. Contemporary garden design The contrast between the clipped box globes and the straight lines of the design softens the design whilst still providing plenty of structure. Contemporary Garden Designs Rely on Simplicity Really good design is simple. It can be exceptionally hard not to do too much. In the design above, Tessa has done a great job of resisti..
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Garden Design Hack 2 – Alignment
In our last garden design hack Simplicity, we saw how less is often more and how not cramming your garden with plants and features makes it all the more gorgeous. This time we’re looking at another often overlooked design element – Alignment. Casa Mosaica once again shows us how to get this right… Where are you going? Not a question most people usually ask when it comes to designing a garden, but as you’ll see by the end of this article, it’s a very important question… Plonk or place? Most people, sadly, plonk… A water feature, patio, seating area, plants, you name it – in the average garden, they tend to get plonked in wherever there is room. But placement is key. Good garden design is a journey If you think of your garden as a journey of discovery, even if it’s tiny, creating an interesting garden is easy. I have seen many a garden with paths that go nowhere, and ponds and pergolas etc. that are randomly plonked ‘somewhere‘. Before you do anything in your garden, ask yours..
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Gorgeous Garden Design Hack Everyone Should Know
Designing a garden can be a tricky business. But in the next few articles, I’m going to show you some handy designer hacks, with the help of Casa Mosaica. Garden Design Hack 1 – Simplicity You’d think this one would be simple, judging by the name, but it’s not. Simplicity is one of the hardest garden design principles to get right. We humans are complicated beings and we love nothing more than to make life (and our gardens) complicated. If you want a gorgeous garden though, you have to go against your natural instinct to cram it with plants and features… How to make ‘Simplicity’ work in your garden design Minimise the elements – particularly colour (use a maximum of 2 to 3 colours) Leave plenty of empty space Keep to a theme with your features Minimising the elements Pick one main colour, a contrasting colour and an accent colour – just as you would when decorating your house. Notice how the rendered (stucco) walls match the terracotta patio tiles and even the Strelitzia (Bird..
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Plantswoman extraordinaire – Beth Chatto
This week we’re celebrating the renowned plants-woman, Beth Chatto, who sadly died this week at the age of 94. We’ve featured Beth’s wonderful garden near Colchester in Essex several times on the SGD blog. Her inspirational planting style (which won her 10 gold medals at the presitigious Chelsea Flower Show in London) is loved and admired the world over. The Key to Successful Planting Beth was known for her no nonsense approach to gardening. She instilled in to me the ‘right plant, right place’ mindset early on in my career. Beth Chatto’s famous gravel garden Her garden near Colchester had many different soil conditions to contend with, from dry to boggy and even woodland. It enabled her to grow a tremendous range of plants. Beth’s books have helped people all over the world tackle gardens with difficult soil conditions. Beth had a great eye for shape and form, something I think she gained from her years of flower arranging. She was always able to put plants together in stunn..
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