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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.

7 Things You Need To Do Before Tackling Your Garden Transformation

on 17th May 2018 Comments Off on 7 Things You Need To Do Before Tackling Your Garden Transformation

After a long cold Winter, Spring has finally arrived and the warm sunshine is tempting us back out into our gardens. However, our first forays outside are also the time when we start to notice those neglected patches of garden that we always said we’d get round to replanting or landscaping last year. Now is

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In the Night Garden

on 22nd March 2018 Comments Off on In the Night Garden

Are you someone who works on your garden all year-round only to head on inside the house once the sun goes down? If so, then you may already be pondering over some garden lighting ideas that will help keep you outdoors for longer. Thankfully, the benefits of installing outdoor lighting reach far beyond simply buying

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Choosing Garden Fencing

on 22nd February 2018 Comments Off on Choosing Garden Fencing

Garden fencing serves many purposes. It marks the border between adjoining properties and provides privacy from prying neighbours. It keeps escapologist pets (and children) safely in your garden, as well as helping to keep your garden secure from potential intruders. Yet fencing brings so much more to your garden. With the vast choice of available

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Introduce Scent Into Your Garden This Winter

on 13th December 2017 Comments Off on Introduce Scent Into Your Garden This Winter

One of the most surprising things about the garden in Winter, is just how much scent can fill the air on a clear, crisp, frosty day. Many hardy plants produce tiny flowers at a time when the weather is at it’s harshest, which exude more intoxicating scent than seems possible given their diminutive size. These

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10 Drought Resistant Plants That Are Great At Surviving Dry Summers

on 24th August 2017 Comments Off on 10 Drought Resistant Plants That Are Great At Surviving Dry Summers

Climate change is making drought a common problem for avid gardeners. Thanks to an understanding of drought and how plants react to it, Thames Valley Landscapes have put together a list of the top ten drought resistant plants this summer

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Landscaping For A Small Garden

on 4th July 2017 Comments Off on Landscaping For A Small Garden

Small courtyards, urban back gardens and roof terraces need not be neglected areas of your home. Instead, by employing a few easy landscaping tricks you can turn an unloved area into an oasis of calm and tranquility that’s perfect for entertaining or escaping to at the end of a long day. Create Your Perfect View

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How To Get Stripes On Your Lawn

on 19th May 2017 Comments Off on How To Get Stripes On Your Lawn

For many people in the UK, their lawn is the pièce de résistance of their garden. It provides spectacular scenery whenever you look out your window, a comfortable place to sit in the Summer, and is evidence of all your hard work in the garden. One of the best ways to elevate the look of

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Growing Your Own Fruit 1/2

on 10th April 2017 Comments Off on Growing Your Own Fruit 1/2

Growing your own summer fruits is easy when you know how. This is part 1 of 2 about how to grow your own fruits at home. We discuss the best fruits to grow, and how to grow them.

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Why Every Garden Needs A Water Feature

on 17th March 2017 Comments Off on Why Every Garden Needs A Water Feature

The addition of a water feature whose size is in proportion to your garden will enrich your outside space in many ways…

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Add A Shaded Entertainment Area to Your Garden

on 7th March 2017 Comments Off on Add A Shaded Entertainment Area to Your Garden

If you are blessed with a large outdoor space, you are likely spoiled for choice with things to do with it. A particularly good idea is to add an open-air structure to provide a shaded entertaining area during the summer months…

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Ten Tips For Creating The Perfect Garden Path

on 15th February 2017 Comments Off on Ten Tips For Creating The Perfect Garden Path

When planning the new features for your garden, one important element often gets overlooked. The garden walkway or path that is dedicated to getting you from one part of your garden to the other. Here’s how you can make your garden path an attractive and practical centrepiece…

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Six Local Gardens To Inspire You

on 12th January 2017 Comments Off on Six Local Gardens To Inspire You

What better way to shake off any Winter blues than to grab hats, coats and gloves and head off to explore one of our local gardens to find inspiration for the year ahead…

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Looking After Garden Wildlife In Winter

on 29th November 2016 Comments Off on Looking After Garden Wildlife In Winter

A landscaped garden is not just a space built for your enjoyment, it is also an important habitat for many species of wildlife where the trees, structures and flowers form an eco-system that provides…

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Getting Your Garden Ready for Winter

on 28th November 2016 Comments Off on Getting Your Garden Ready for Winter

Winter is upon us. It’s the time of year for warm jumpers, fireplaces, and generally staying indoors. Unfortunately, your garden doesn’t have that luxury and has to brave the cold…

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Illuminate Your Garden

on 17th November 2016 Comments Off on Illuminate Your Garden

A newly landscaped garden is a pride and joy for many. Make sure you can enjoy yours all day, every day with strategically placed landscape lighting to illuminate key focal points…

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Spring Flowering Bulbs

on 28th October 2016 Comments Off on Spring Flowering Bulbs

Autumn is here. It’s getting cold, it’s getting dark. You can even be forgiven for thinking that your planting for next year can wait. But why wait when there are some fantastic spring flowering bulbs to get in now…

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Gardening Tips for September

on 20th September 2016 Comments Off on Gardening Tips for September

September is the month where the summer has officially started winding down, and there is definitely a feel of Autumn in the air. Days are shorter, the weather wetter…

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A Treehouse Adventure Playground

on 10th August 2016 Comments Off on A Treehouse Adventure Playground

Every so often, a really interesting project comes along, that we all fight over, and everyone wants to be involved in. Just recently, one of these projects came round…

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Gardening Tips For August

on 2nd August 2016 Comments Off on Gardening Tips For August

The last month of the Summer, August brings with it weather that can reach scorching heights with very little rainfall. Keeping your garden well watered is essential…

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Gardening Tips For July

on 25th July 2016 Comments Off on Gardening Tips For July

July is the warmest months of the year and a time when we get to see our garden at its very best. The flower borders are overflowing and vegetables and fruit starting to ripen nicely. However, with the heat comes a lack of water…

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Gardening Tips For June

on 14th June 2016 Comments Off on Gardening Tips For June

June is the time that the garden puts on its greatest show. Flower borders are full, lawns look healthy and fruit and vegetables are growing furiously. With the longest day ahead of us …

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How a Landscaped Garden Adds Value to Your Home

on 14th June 2016 Comments Off on How a Landscaped Garden Adds Value to Your Home

Landscaping your garden can transform it from a dreary dull space to a vibrant paradise. In fact, by giving your garden a well thought out makeover can actually improve the overall value of your house…

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Gardening Tips for May

on 31st May 2016 No comments

May is the month when the warmer weather hints at the Summer days ahead. Now is the time that gardens really spring into life, rewarding your for all those months of preparation. Spring flowers provide the first of …

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Planting Your Summer Pots – Part 2

on 10th May 2016 No comments

Once you have found the perfect pot and prepared it for planting, now the fun can start with picking the perfect plants you want to fill your garden with colour. Here you can create a variety of different sensations…

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Planting your Summer Pots – Part 1

on 26th April 2016 No comments

No matter how hard you work to fill every inch of your garden there always seem to be a few bare patches that could do with filling, or unsightly garden regulars such as compost bins or log piles that could do with hiding. This is where a carefully planted summer pot is perfect…

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Gardening Tips for April

on 13th April 2016 No comments

April brings longer, warmer, lighter days which shake off the dreariness of Winter with colourful Spring shows of daffodils and blossom. April showers and warmer weather are giving our gardens the kick start it needs…

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Gardening Tips for March

on 17th March 2016 No comments

March heralds the arrival of Spring, bringing with it fresh new shoots in the garden, noticeably longer days and hints of warmer weather. Traditionally a busy time of year for many gardeners, March is the time to start sowing seeds…

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A Child Friendly Garden in Windsor

on 17th March 2016 No comments

Thames Valley Landscapes were called on to create a child friendly garden in Windsor with new decking, summerhouse and turfed area, as well as renovating chequerboard paving in the front yard…

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Gardening Tips for February

on 18th February 2016 No comments

February is the month when we start to see the first signs of Spring. Daffodils and crocus are blooming and fresh tulip shoots are starting to show themselves. Days are getting longer and when the Sun is out it can reach some very pleasant temperatures…

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Gardening Tips for January

on 20th January 2016 No comments

Traditionally the coldest month of the year, January is a time to keep an eye on the garden to make sure plants and structures are protected from the weather. As well as keeping food and water for garden visitors clean, accessible and topped up regularly.

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