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Guidance, advice and ideas from the experts at Thames Valley Gardens on how to build, maintain and grow your dream landscaped garden. Find tips on what to do each month. Inspiration for creating the garden design of your dreams. Planting ideas for year round colour and scent, and how to guides for maintaining your garden and keeping your lawn in pristine condition.

How To Create High Drama With Garden Sculpture

on 22nd May 2019

For the first time, sculptures are taking centre stage at RHS Wisley. In its ‘Exhibition of Modern and Contemporary Sculpture’ event that’s running for the rest of this year, the charity will feature work from six 20th and 21st century artists as a way of highlighting “the relationship between sculpture and the cultivated landscape.” With

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How To Create High Drama With Garden Sculpture

Cleaning Air With Clever Planting

on 18th April 2019

With the quality of our air becoming a huge health concern in our cities and urban areas, we keenly support using organic methods to counteract the effects of pollution for the benefit of our health and well-being. With ‘Clean Air Day’ on 20 June 2019, we have decided to mark the occasion by bringing you

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Cleaning Air With Clever Planting

We Should Fight For Our Beneficial Bugs

on 15th April 2019

Turn the clock back to 1950 and the English garden was a different place. The atmosphere would have been alive with insects – an active, buzzy and hazy ecological environment full of tiny creatures. With just 1% of bugs actually considered ‘pests’, it’s likely that just about this entire airborne community was made up of

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We Should Fight For Our Beneficial Bugs

Gardeners Have Just Gotta Love The Bugs

on 21st March 2019

In the past spotting a bug or creepy crawly on the leaves of a favourite perennial or prize-winning vegetable would have struck horror into the hearts of most gardeners. Retribution would have been swift and almost always involved reaching for the insecticide to take down the invading invertebrate. Nowadays gardeners are much better versed in

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Gardeners Have Just Gotta Love The Bugs

How to protect your garden from wet and windy weather

on 22nd February 2019

The weather forecast hints at some wet and windy weather in the Thames Valley these coming weeks. It’s something we all expect from this time of year. But what if – like in 2015 – the bad weather turns up and stays for a while?  With advice on how to create drought-free gardens and outdoor

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How to protect your garden from wet and windy weather

Garden Trends For 2019

on 28th January 2019

If your new year’s resolution involves getting your garden ship-shape in time for summer, then you’ll no doubt want to know what’s expected to be hot on the garden scene in 2019. To put you on the right path, we’ve put our heads together here at Thames Valley Landscapes and have created the following list

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Garden Trends For 2019

Create A Garden That You Can Use All Year Round

on 20th December 2018

Most of us have come to realise that spending time outside has a positive impact on our health and wellbeing. But when the colder weather sets the warm sofa seems more inviting than a wet garden bench. Sure, braving the prospect of rain, sleet or snow is not most people’s idea of a good time.

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Create A Garden That You Can Use All Year Round

Five things you’ll get from a BALI registered landscaper

on 26th November 2018

We’re under no illusion: It’s not that hard to find a landscape gardener in the Thames Valley region. A quick look online will present you with plenty of companies offering everything from basic gardening services to grounds design and architecture. But finding a reliable and customer-centric landscaper can be another ball game altogether. How can

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Five things you’ll get from a BALI registered landscaper

The Benefits Of Porcelain Paving

on 24th October 2018

If you’re looking for a clean, contemporary feel to your new garden scheme then look no further than porcelain paving.  Porcelain paving is a relatively new addition to materials that are suitable for garden paving, drives and patio. Man made from natural materials this type of paving resembles large tiles and provides a highly consistent

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The Benefits Of Porcelain Paving

Resin Bonded or Resin Bound Shingle?

on 24th October 2018

Resin bonded or resin bound shingle is an ideal paving choice when you want to have the decorative look of shingle, but without the problems associated with loose stones. By adhering the shingle to a sub-layer, you will no longer have the problems of these small stones getting caught in footwear and being walked through

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Resin Bonded or Resin Bound Shingle?