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Do gardens add value to properties?

Tuesday, 03 October 2017

Do gardens add value to properties? We are often asked this question and the answer is a definite yes! A well planned garden can add 20% to the value of your property. Based on the average UK house price, that’s a whopping £60,000. But don’t worry, you don’t need to…Read More

Hylotelephium ‘Herbstfreude’

Late Summer Garden Glory

Monday, 28 August 2017

In Scotland we haven’t had much in the way of a glorious summer this year but we can still make sure that we still have late summer garden colour as we slip towards Autumn. From hot herbaceous to glorious grasses there is plenty to keep your garden a riot of colour…Read More

Beautiful sandstone creates a more rustic raised bed

Raising Expectations…

Monday, 03 July 2017

At Vialii we design a LOT of raised beds. They are popular with clients for many reasons – they are great for older clients who can’t bend down to the ground easily; kids love growing veg in them; they can look great with in-built seating around patios; they can make it…Read More

Levens Hall Gardens

Topiary Or Not Topiary, That Is The Question…

Monday, 08 May 2017

Topiary spans many centuries – it is prevalent in Renaissance gardens as well as formal gardens belonging to the grandest of country estates. Yet it is just as at home in simple, contemporary, urban gardens. Some people see topiary as a twee addition to a garden, akin to the garden gnome…Read More

The Thoughtful Gardener

Book Review: “Thoughtful Gardener” by Jinny Blom

Monday, 10 April 2017

The title of this new gardening book perfectly encapsulates Jinny Blom – the Thoughtful Gardener. With a previous background in psychology Jinny calls on her experience when creating her own, unique outdoor spaces for clients and breathing life into her gardens. But is her new book worthy of space on…Read More

Urban Flowers by Carolyn Dunster

Book Review: “Urban Flowers” by Carolyn Dunster

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

In recent years there has been a lot of focus on urban gardening and creating gardens whatever space you have. From rooftop terraces to vertical gardens there are always ways to create wonderful gardens wherever you are. In our last blog, “Small Garden, Big Ideas” we shared our top tips…Read More

Small front garden

Small Garden, Big Ideas

Monday, 06 March 2017

When you think of gardens you often think of large spaces, winding paths, focal points, places to laze on sunny days (well, we can but dream!) but you don’t have to have a large outdoor space in the country to be able to garden. Urban gardening in limited areas is…Read More

She Sheds by Erika Kotite

Book Review: She Sheds by Erika Kotite

Monday, 30 January 2017

“She Sheds” is a magical book, crammed to the gunnels with tips and inspiration to create your very own garden retreat. They’re sheds but not as we know it! “She Sheds” immediately gets you into the spirit of creating your own outdoor space right from the introduction. Who wouldn’t want…Read More

Pantone colour garden trends for 2017

Garden Trends for 2017

Monday, 02 January 2017

It may still be short days and bleak weather outside but that doesn’t stop us planning for 2017. But if you want to have your finger on the pulse when it comes to your garden in 2017 you will need our guide to all the latest trends… Colour of the…Read More

Show Garden of the Year

Vialii Review of 2016

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

It’s getting to that time of year. With Christmas on our doorstep, 2016 stretches back behind us, packed full of gorgeous gardens, perfect products and funny Fringe shows! Here is the Vialii review of 2016 and all our best bits… Website of the Year Well it has to be our own…Read More

Christmas Garden Gifts 2016

Vialii Guide to Christmas Gardening Gifts 2016

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

It’s time for our annual recommendations for cool gifts to give to your loved one this Christmas which will brighten up your garden, appeal to wildlife, satisfy your tummy and help with the gardening chores. There is something to suit everyone so read on to find out more.. Koziol Pi:p…Read More

Garden lighting

Spotlight On Garden Lighting

Monday, 17 October 2016

When we do our initial consultations with clients we have an extensive list of questions we go through to ensure we cover all aspects of gardens and deliver the garden of your dreams. One of the things we discuss is garden lighting. Lighting can transform your garden in the evening…Read More

The cypress trees make a strong statement

Cypress Trees And Why You Should Have Them

Wednesday, 07 September 2016

We have just planted eight cypress trees in a wonderful garden in Bridge of Allan which we designed and built for our clients. The garden has been complete for a while apart from said trees as we were waiting on them arriving from Italy.  And wow, what a difference they…Read More

A lovely day out at Jupiter Artland

Jupiter Artland: Out Of This World

Monday, 08 August 2016

Jupiter Artland, squirrelled away in West Lothian, is aptly named as it is truly out of this world. From the moment you arrive, the attention to detail of every single element of the garden is quite breathtaking. We were lucky enough to be accompanied by our good friend and talented…Read More

"Raised Bed Revolution" by Tara Nolan

#RaisedBedRevolution – Book Review

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

We’ve recently been sent a copy of “Raised Bed Revolution”, a new book by Tara Nolan all about one of our favourite garden features – the raised beds. We have designed and built a variety of raised beds over the years, using different materials and using different designs and shapes,…Read More

The Sky Planter

Our Pick of Unusual Planters

Tuesday, 07 June 2016

Planters are a great way to add colour and panache to any garden, however big or small. They can also help to deal with all sorts of issues including soil quality, pests, access. But a planter need not be as simple as just a run-of-the-mill pot that you see at…Read More

Garden design by Vialii

When Should You Commission A Garden Designer?

Monday, 25 April 2016

It’s that wonderful time of year when the sun has started to shine, kids are out playing in the street, the evenings are stretching longer every day and flowers, leaves and blossom are unfurling everywhere. And with that, our phone and email are going like tickets for an Adele concert…Read More

Vintage brick patio

Fancy Paths! – Intricate Paving Ideas For Your Garden

Monday, 28 March 2016

For many clients, a beautiful natural stone path fits perfectly in their garden. But for others, they want something a little different. Here are a few ideas if you are looking for inspiration for an alternative path or an intricate paving in your garden… This garden features a mix of…Read More

A happy Flynn in the garden

Dog Friendly Gardens, What To Consider…

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

It’s not just bark of the decorative variety that we need to consider in the gardens we design, it’s very often our clients’ prized pooches we need to incorporate. So what do we need to consider in dog friendly gardens? Well here are some of our top tips… Keeping your…Read More

Rendered seat with hardwood finish

Take A Seat, Vialii Style

Monday, 22 February 2016

At Vialii, when we design your garden we think about EVERY last detail. From the garden structure, where the sunny parts are, what plants will work best, what time you have to maintain the garden, what style you like, we think about it all. And one of the most important…Read More

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