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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

A sensory wall with lots to explore

Making Sense of Your Garden

Monday, 25 January 2016

We are working on two different community projects at the moment, both of which include a sensory garden. It is so much fun designing these spaces and ensuring every sense is stimulated. Here are some of the features we are considering for these spaces which could be easily incorporated into…Read More

Lulu and her garden playhouse

Vialii Review of 2015

Monday, 04 January 2016

As we squelch forward into 2016, we thought it would be good time to sit back with a cuppa and have a review of 2015. It was another great year for us here at Vialii Towers (especially for Jill & Tilda off on maternity leave!) and we share our garden related…Read More

Christmas gift

Coolest Garden Gifts For Christmas 2015

Monday, 07 December 2015

We know what little time you have, so we have done all the hard work for you and collated the MUST HAVE list of the coolest things for your garden to give you ideas for gifts for Christmas 2015. You will be very popular if you give someone these Christmas…Read More

Pennisetum

Kiss My Grass!

Monday, 02 November 2015

As winter approaches we are always thinking of ways of ensuring our garden to continues to look fabulous, even if the show stopping herbaceous flowers may have lost their bloom. One of our favourite plants to include in our garden designs are grasses which look wonderful all year round but look almost magical…Read More

The amazing topiary at Levens Hall Gardens

Garden Visit: Leven’s Hall, Lake District

Monday, 19 October 2015

It’s been a busy old summer at Vialii Towers but we managed to sneak away for a couple of weeks holiday. We visited Northumberland in our first week and Lulu had a ball doing the Fairytale Treasure Trail at Alnwick Gardens. We headed west-ward for week two and finally made…Read More

Phase 2 pf a garden build

It’s Only A Phase!

Monday, 07 September 2015

Clients commonly ask us if it is OK if they can phase their garden build. We ensure there is complete flexibility with all our designs and how they are built. If it’s something you are considering read our blog about the benefits and downsides to this approach. Sometimes it’s not possible…Read More

Coughton Court's Rose Labyrinth

Gardens Scent From Heaven

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

The Perfumer’s Garden at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show got us thinking about how flower scents are often by-product of a garden design client’s wish list.  But what if you wish to make them a main focus? How can you utilise plants with a strong scent to create a garden (or…Read More

The 25 Verde building in Turin

Climbing The Walls! A Guide To Vertical Gardening

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

We normally write about gardening on the ground, we have been known to write about gardening on roofs, but this time we thought we’d write about gardening on walls! If you’re struggling to find growing space in a smaller garden or wish you could grow something in your paved patio or…Read More

A log fence

Don’t Sit On The Fence

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

You may think fences are boring and not an important element of your garden. However, you would be wrong! There are lots of benefits of a good fence from creating a boundary and keeping your garden secure to creating a beautiful backdrop and being a design feature in itself. Here…Read More

Jo Thompson's garden

Chelsea Flower Show 2015 Review

Wednesday, 03 June 2015

Chelsea Flower Show 2015 has passed in a whirlwind (helped by the strong winds in the run-up to the show!) For those of us not lucky enough to get along in person, here is a summary of the highlights, winners and trends we might want to incorporate back home in…Read More

Bee friendly plants

Take A Walk On The Wild Side…

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Do you fancy being a wildlife warden in your own nature reserve?  If you go about creating a wildlife garden correctly (and not just leaving a bit of your garden to go wild) you will be rewarded with countless visits by new birds, insects, animals and amphibians. You might even…Read More

Meccano chairs

Are You Sitting Comfortably?

Monday, 13 April 2015

The good summers we’ve experienced recently means we’ve seen an increase in requests from clients to incorporate comfortable areas for outdoor seating and entertaining. That’s meant we’ve been drooling over some great designs for garden seats.  As this week is National Gardening Week (13th-19th April) we thought we’d help you get comfortable to…Read More

Newly laid turf can help transform your garden

Not a Turf Job…

Thursday, 02 April 2015

There is plenty of choice for creating a new lawn in your garden, from grass seed or meadow grass to turf or artificial grass. By far the most common choice from our clients is the instant result you get from laying new turf. Here are a few tips if you…Read More

Plant Snapp

The Latest Gardening Gear, Gizmos and Apps

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

With a new season upon us, we thought it would be the perfect time to have a look at items that can make your time in the garden more efficient, more comfortable or (importantly!) more stylish. From potentially spying on hitchhiking weasels to using NASA inspired technology, here’s what garden gadgets and gear…Read More

Birmingham library

The Roof’s Not The Limit!

Wednesday, 04 March 2015

It’s not too often we encounter keen gardeners who think their garden is too big.  Once the gardening bug bites we’re always looking for more space in which to fit some home grown produce, new gadgets, a gorgeous new plant or focal point or simply to add colour and scent…Read More

The youngest Vialii team members

Vialii Review of 2014…

Monday, 16 February 2015

The recent cold weather has given us plenty time to stay nice and warm inside and think over what a year 2014 was (aided by a cuppa or two!) Here is our Vialii Review of 2014 and what 2014 was the year of to us… The year of even more up-cycling You know…Read More

Simple and effective planter/garden lighting

Go Green Week

Monday, 09 February 2015

Go Green Week is an annual event that raises awareness within schools, colleges and universities of our effects on climate change. The 2015 event is being held 9-15th February and gives us the excuse to blog on one of our favourite topics, up-cycling. It is amazing just what you can create…Read More

Garden rooms

Top Garden Trends for 2015

Monday, 26 January 2015

A new year often prompts us to think about the changes we’d like to make in our life and our gardens. Here we give you the top garden trends for 2015 that we think will have an impact on our green spaces. And we start with a quick quiz. Who knows what this top…Read More

Pyracantha with a snow halo

Winter Garden – A Feast For The Senses

Monday, 22 December 2014

When Jack Frost is decorating your windows it can be tempting to stay inside and not venture into your winter garden. However well designed and carefully planted gardens are a sensory feast in winter time. Hopefully these examples will entice you (and some wildlife) into your garden during the winter months. Sense of Sight In winter, structures…Read More

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