"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

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


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

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Welcome to Vialii Monologues

Welcome to the musings, amusings, the rantings and ravings, the mutterings and stutterings of our Vialii Monologues blog. Here we’ll try to keep you abreast of all things Vialii along with our perspective on the latest trends in garden design.

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