Ramps and Paths for Wheelchair Access

By |2021-05-26T10:43:15+00:00September 10, 2009|Hard Landscaping|

Adding ramps and paths that allow wheelchair users to access a garden is getting more common. Wheelchair access for private gardens can be tricky particularly if there are steep gradients on the plot, but the body of knowledge on accessibility is growing all the time and there are plenty of [...]

Hard Landscaping With Reclaimed Materials

By |2021-05-26T10:43:15+00:00August 20, 2009|Hard Landscaping|

It makes a lot of sense to re-use reclaimed materials for hard landscaping in the garden. New regulations now make builders responsible for disposing of building waste and while there's no real market for many of these materials the temptation to throw them away or, worse still, fly-tip them, is [...]

Pergolas, Arches and Trellises

By |2021-05-26T10:43:20+00:00February 6, 2008|Hard Landscaping|

Pergolas, arches and trellises are unbeatable additions to any patio, terrace or pathway, adding new height to the vertical dimension, while offering shelter, seclusion and a perfect support for any number of climbing plants. As architectural as they are functional, they can be made with simple, clean lines to suit [...]

Choosing and Using Decking

By |2021-05-26T10:43:20+00:00February 6, 2008|Hard Landscaping|

Long-established as the hard-surface of choice in warm, dry climates, decking has become increasingly popular in Britain over recent years – as its frequent appearance in the many gardening programmes on TV will testify. As a result, the range of types available – and the uses to which it has [...]

Choosing and Using Pavers, Setts, Tiles and Cobbles

By |2021-05-26T10:43:20+00:00February 6, 2008|Hard Landscaping|

While the word “patio” automatically conjures up the instant image of an area of paving slabs in almost everyone’s mind, despite their widespread use, those 18-inch (45cm) pre-cast concrete squares are not the only option available. Many garden centres and builders’ merchants stock a good variety of slab designs, offering [...]

Alternative Materials for Landscaping Use

By |2021-05-26T10:43:20+00:00February 6, 2008|Hard Landscaping|

While many of the materials used in landscaping projects have been around for years – with long-established track-records of successful use – there are many alternatives available for anyone looking for something a little different. Some of these are new materials, while others are old ones which simply fell out [...]

Using Ornaments for Dramatic Effect

By |2021-05-26T10:43:21+00:00January 30, 2008|Hard Landscaping|

With the possible exception of the plants you choose, there are few elements in the garden which offer quite so much scope for an expression of individuality as ornaments – and it is not just about what pieces you have. Using ornaments for dramatic effect – making them a dynamic, [...]

Rock, Gravel and Scree Gardens

By |2021-05-26T10:43:21+00:00January 30, 2008|Hard Landscaping|

For many of today’s gardeners, the inspiration to build planting areas amid stone and gravel comes from concerns over climate change and the increasingly common threat of drought; for others it is simply about creating the perfect environment to set off particular groups of plants. Whatever your reason – an [...]

Ponds and Water Features

By |2021-05-26T10:43:22+00:00January 25, 2008|Hard Landscaping|

There are few gardens that will not benefit from some kind of pond or water feature and with today’s advanced range of liners and materials, coupled with the reliability and low-cost of modern pumps, building one has never been easier. Add to this the wide availability of ready-made fountains, ornaments, [...]

Balconies and Roof Gardens

By |2021-05-26T10:43:22+00:00January 25, 2008|Hard Landscaping|

Balconies and flat roof spaces can offer a great opportunity to produce a really different sort of garden area and although they impose their own constraints on landscaping, with a little imagination, it is possible to create some quite extraordinary effects. As a true “outdoor room” these sorts of gardens [...]

Hard Landscaping Elements in Garden Design

By |2021-05-26T10:43:22+00:00January 25, 2008|Hard Landscaping|

For most landscaping projects, while the plants provide the colour and clothe the finished design, it is the elements of hard landscaping – the structures and surfaces – which provide the framework. Whether it is the privacy afforded by walls and fences, the shelter of trellis-work, or the practical access [...]

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