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A lovely visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh in 2013

Vialii Review of 2013

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Happy new year to all our lovely readers. As we move forward into 2014, we take a moment to have a review of 2013 and some of the highlights for Vialii and the trends that we saw… The year of the garden room 2013 saw our clients wholeheartedly embrace the…Read More

After: a relaxing garden in Edinburgh

Transformers – Gardens in Disguise! Part 3

Monday, 16 December 2013

You loved Part 1 of our Before & Afters feature. And you adored Part 2 of our garden make-overs. So we are back with the third installment in our ever popular feature on our garden transformations. Below are some of our recent projects with our clients’ favourite feature – the before and after photographs! A…Read More

Feature fences and sculpture can provide important focal points in winter

Winter Wonderland

Tuesday, 03 December 2013

There’s no denying it, winter is just round the corner. The frosty mornings, the winter woollies and the sound of Wizzard emanating from every shopping centre and radio station heralds the winter season. But for us gardeners it needn’t mean bare earth and a dull garden. Here are some of…Read More

The Boom Ball Chairs. From around £135

Christmas Gifts for Gardeners 2013

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

It’s that time of year again when our thoughts turn to Christmas and what to buy our loved ones. Is it just us or does it get harder every year to think up innovative and interesting gifts to buy? Well, to make life a little easier for you we have…Read More

Curving lawn, a new patio and structural planting transforms this garden

Transformers – Gardens in Disguise! Part 2

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Earlier this year we blogged some “Before & After” pictures of a few of the gardens we have designed and built. Here are some more of our recent garden transformations… A Room with a View, Brightons Before: the garden had become overgrown and was on an awkward slope. After: this garden was completely…Read More

The beautiful, renovated Provost Lamp

Provost Park Set To Blossom

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

For almost three years, local business Vialii Garden Design have been working closely with Bridge of Allan Community Council to create a new design for the village’s Provost Park. Having secured funding for the build, the design is about to be finally brought to life. Being based in the village,…Read More

Pallet sand-pit

Pallet Perfection

Monday, 05 August 2013

The landscaping side of our business gets a LOT of materials delivered on pallets. Lately we have been giving some thought to what we could use the leftover pallets for. Here are some of the items we have made from upcycled pallets so far: Planters These pretty planters can be made to…Read More

An oil lantern made from rusted metal is softened by planting

Get To The (Focal) Point – Part 2

Thursday, 01 August 2013

In our recent blog on garden focal points we told you why they are such an important feature in the gardens we design. Here are a few more examples of some of the focal points we have used in our gardens… Oil Lantern This oil lantern is made from corten…Read More

A Japanese lantern, water feature and koi bridge set the mood in this garden

Get To The (Focal) Point – Part 1

Thursday, 18 July 2013

One of the many tricks a garden designer has up their sleeve is the use of garden focal points. Focal points can: create a journey around the garden, literally leading you down the garden path! draw your eye to a certain part of the garden or up and on to…Read More

Before: the garden was inaccessible and overgrown

Transformers – Gardens in Disguise! Part 1

Friday, 12 April 2013

We love pretty much all aspects of running our own gardening business. Even doing the admin is enjoyable as it can give us an excuse to hide indoors with a cuppa and a cat on our knee on a rainy day! But one of our favourite things about being both…Read More

The full colour design for a garden which we designed in Bridge of Allan

The Benefits of Using A Garden Designer

Monday, 18 March 2013

Despite what the weather may be telling us, Spring officially starts this week which for many of us means that our thoughts move to our outdoor spaces. Gardens are an important additional space to our homes and, with some clever garden design, can bring years of joy. Here are some…Read More

The Vialii Garden Design team!

Vialii Review of 2012

Monday, 07 January 2013

As we venture into 2013 it’s time for a step back and a review of 2012. 2012 was an enormous year for Vialii Garden Design. On February 2nd the business was given an injection of youth and vitality when we welcomed aboard our newest ‘recruit’, our baby daughter Lulu Ann…Read More

One of our garden designs

The Garden Design Process Explained

Friday, 04 January 2013

At Vialii Garden Design, we understand what a daunting prospect it can be embarking on getting your garden designed and landscaped. We will endeavour to make you comfortable through every stage of the process and keep you well informed of what is happening and what to expect. We will discuss the process…Read More

The ruins of Castle Kennedy

Castle Kennedy Garden Visit

Saturday, 29 September 2012

We are always looking for lovely new gardens to visit. Earlier this week, we spent a lovely day in Castle Kennedy Garden just outside Stranraer. The weather in Scotland hasn’t been of the highest quality of late but thankfully we arranged for some good weather to be delivered for our visit!…Read More

Our shed with its green roof

The Green Roof Project…

Sunday, 03 June 2012

From the outset we knew we needed a shed in our garden. Our garage is already burgeoning so some further storage was desperately required. We also knew that the shed would have to have a green roof. We don’t have a large garden but we try and make as best…Read More

Problem corner: a sloping area with lots of roots and old bricks

Problem Corner…

Monday, 19 March 2012

A lot of garden design is about solving problems. The problems can be very subtle, like determining the best planting solution for a particular patch of the garden, or the problems can be pretty bloomin’ in-yer-face. This blog summarises a recent small ‘problem corner’ that we had been asked to rectify. The problem wasn’t…Read More

The new design for Provost Park

Provost Park Design Approved

Friday, 27 January 2012

The Bridge of Allan Community Council have unanimously approved Vialii’s design for Provost Park in the heart of the village. After over a year of discussions and meetings the plans are now ready for Stirling Council and the daunting task of fund raising. But how did we get involved and get to…Read More

Jill and I on our wedding day, in our garden of course!

How We Got To Where We Are – Part 2

Tuesday, 03 January 2012

In February 2011 I wrote a blog post detailing how we got to where we are here at Vialii Garden Design. The post was getting a bit lengthy so I opted to round the post off and promised to follow up with Part 2. A mere 10 months later Part 2 is…Read More

The sculpture garden at Jupiter Artland can be, at times, very atmospheric

Vialii Review of 2011

Thursday, 29 December 2011

  Christmas is now passed and we’re shuffling towards 2012 which marks a suitable opportunity to reflect on the year just passed and our review of 2011. It’s been a busy year indeed. An exciting one too. We’ve designed and built more gardens than ever before and, with the help of…Read More

Recycled deck chairs

Gardening Gifts For Christmas 2011

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Shops are selling it, TVs are advertising it and radio stations are playing it. There is no escaping the advancing march of Christmas. Each year the pressure is on to find the perfect present, something a little more thoughtful than a selection box and a pair of socks. Fret not, to…Read More

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