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Can you design to a budget? 01/20/2016 - 09:36

This should be one of the first questions a client asks a designer but it is a surprisingly late consideration for most.

My answer is yes! One of my most experienced skills is advising instantly what any element, material, detail, style or layout is likely to... Read the rest of this article.

Wild Flower Borders - Low Maintenance Display 09/24/2015 - 21:50
‘Wild flowers can make a reliable lasting display’

Seeding or planting wild flower areas has become very popular with local authorities and parks departments in recent years to create a fabulous colourful display that often lasts longer than seasonal bedding plant... Read the rest of this article.

Charming and affordable buildings transform properties. 02/13/2015 - 16:38

It is amazing when you see the positive impact of new well designed buildings and extensions on a property and its’ outdoor spaces. Even simple renovations can transform a home into a really beautiful, inspiring and positively functional space if enough design thought... Read the rest of this article.

Would You Like a Low Maintenance Garden? 04/29/2014 - 20:43

Most people would say yes and most of my customers ask me to design at least a minimised maintenance style of garden for them.

Low maintenance gardens are possible and can be very attractive using a wide range of materials, details and maintenance equipment... Read the rest of this article.

Do you have Drainage Problems? 04/05/2014 - 09:12

Who hasn’t got some drainage problems in Central Scotland? The good news is there are so many ways to improve, manage and protect your property from drainage issues by suitable detailing.

Drainage is a key aspect of every design I produce and I am always... Read the rest of this article.

Artificial Grass, imposter or inspired? 02/21/2014 - 12:43

There has been a recent boom in the use of artificial grass to achieve ever neat and low maintenance lawns with mixed results and reviews. Like every product it has its’ place and I have used it very successfully many times in designs with great results.

There are... Read the rest of this article.

Outdoor/Garden Rooms 01/24/2014 - 16:35

I have always loved the idea of outdoor rooms and thinking about outdoor spaces as rooms on any scale. Most people think of outdoor rooms as spaces that flow directly from an indoor room which is most commonly a kitchen / diner area out into a garden room area.

I... Read the rest of this article.

Can FREE Designs be Successful? 11/21/2013 - 18:36

Free design services for gardens have become very popular in recent years offered mainly by landscape contractors. Whilst it sounds like a good service for contractors to offer potential clients some free help to come up with ideas in exchange for a chance to win a... Read the rest of this article.

Are Gardens Good Investments? 09/19/2013 - 14:14

Many clients ask me if having their garden designed and developed is a good investment. It is one of my key considerations in producing any design to evaluate what is worth spending on any given property to realise the potential and value of outdoor spaces. The simple... Read the rest of this article.

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