Garden design articles by Philip Woodburn

Pile of old bamboo canes used as a home for bees and insects

Make your garden a home for wildlife

From bird boxes to bug hotels, find out how enticing wildlife into your garden can give you a sense of satisfaction whilst also providing essential homes for our native birds, insects and mammals. 
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Planning your new garden

Don't wait until summer to start thinking about your garden, find out when is the best time of year to get in touch with a garden designer to make the most of the season.  
Pile of £20 notes

Work out your budget and tell your designer

Find out why talking about your budget with your garden designer on day one is the best way to ensure you get a beautiful garden.
Roof terrace with outdoor sofa and metal planters overlooking canal

Why are roof terraces so great?

As a garden designer I've worked on many roof terrace designs, find out why I think these gardens in the sky are such a fantastic place to work. 
3D sketch of a roof terrace garden with ooutdoor fireplace and garden office

How designers share their ideas with clients

It can be daunting for new designers to work out the best way to convey their garden design ideas to their clients. Find out how we've honed our presentation technique over the last ten years.  
Dirty bin storage unit in a basement garden

Why are front gardens often overlooked?

Often overlooked, but generally easy to fix, find out why you should consider re-vamping your front garden to give your home kerb appeal. 
Small garden surrounded by evergreen climbing plants on trellis, with artificial lawn

Fake lawn vs. real grass - which is best?

Hated by some, loved by others. Is artificial lawn better than real grass? As installers of both, find out which one we prefer and if it's right for every garden.
Paved garden with large wall mounted mirror and colourful flowers

Using mirrors in your garden

Small gardens are great for trying out new ideas - see how the addition of a simple mirror can provide extra interest and depth to a tiny space. 
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