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

After: a lawn for all weathers

Faking It

Tuesday, 01 November 2011

More and more in recent times, clients have been asking us about using artificial grass. It used to be fake grass looked just that – fake. It was more akin to the base for a Fuzzy Felt scene (Google it kids!) and was far from being the building blocks of…Read More

The views of the Biodomes were incredible from all angles]

The Cream of Cornwall…

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

(…and we don’t mean the clotted variety.) The temperate climate in Cornwall means that it’s a haven for sub-tropical plants and creating horticultural delights. On a recent adventure to the South West we couldn’t resist sampling some of these gardens. We couldn’t fit in all the gardens, too many for…Read More

The shed structure takes shape

New Shed Project

Tuesday, 06 September 2011

Our garden, whilst largely completed last year, has still got a few areas needing addressed before our full design can be realised. One of the bigger, outstanding items has been a new shed project involving the construction of a bespoke shed in an awkward space around the back corner of the…Read More

Image courtesy of Pedrali

Aspirational Garden Purchases…

Monday, 07 February 2011

Winter can be a difficult time of year for us gardeners. Opportunities to get out in the garden are not hugely frequent and it’s easy to get in a slump and some winter blues. So, we need to be thinking about exciting things, shiny things and cool things. Dare we say we…Read More

My horse Meg

Vialii Garden Design – How We Got To Where We Are… (Pt1)

Thursday, 03 February 2011

I was laying some Indian sandstone slabs the other day and in a moment of quiet reflection and whilst I gave my lower back a brief respite I got to thinking about how I ended up doing this? How did I end up not just building gardens but designing and…Read More

Nitobe Memorial Gardens in Canada

Vialii Review of 2010

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

We’re now trudging well into 2011 and we’re all very excited here at Vialii (despite the weather). We have just been granted the builds on a further three of our garden designs and we have a further three in the pipeline so were holding out high hopes for another bumper year.…Read More

View from our back garden across to Wallace Monument

The Icy Winter of 2010…

Saturday, 04 December 2010

Regardless of all the frustrations of not being able to work on build projects at the moment due to the heavy snow and icy temperatures, there’s no denying that it’s an incredibly beautiful time of year for the winter garden… Our garden and the fields beyond are covered in snow,…Read More

This upcycled wheel makes a great handrail in a garden in Canada

A Sustainable Future

Saturday, 27 November 2010

It’s a common misconception that sustainability and being kind to the environment equates to being unkind on the wallet. Here are some ideas of how you can create a stunning sustainable garden whilst still doing your bit to help the planet and without breaking the bank… RECYCLE Re-use all sorts…Read More

Butterfly garden

Wild About Your Garden

Friday, 02 July 2010

Bio-diversity. Sustainability. Eco-friendly. They are all buzz-words in the world of gardening as more and more people realise that it can be cool to care. The United Nations have even declared 2010 as the Year of Biodiversity. No longer does having a wildlife garden mean that you just leave an…Read More

It looked like a fine web over the shrubbery

Ermine Moth Webs

Wednesday, 02 June 2010

We spotted these rather fascinating webs when leaving our local Wickes recently. The shrubs surrounding the car park were covered in them, creating a rather eerie look. Closer inspection revealed thousands of little caterpillars were steadily devouring the foliage of the shrubbery they had encompassed. A quick Google search revealed them to…Read More

Decking laid on its edge can look fabulous

Top 10 for ’10

Sunday, 21 February 2010

As memories of the ice and snow we experienced in January melt away, our thoughts naturally switch to the spring and summer ahead and enjoying the outdoors again. So with the dawn of a new decade, it’s time to think of new ideas for our gardens for 2010. Here are…Read More

Home allotments

Jump On The Veg Wagon!

Sunday, 24 January 2010

These days its hard to escape from the media talking about one of two things – the credit crunch or green issues. Both affect us all so wouldn’t it be great to have a hobby which distracted us from the depressing news whilst directly tackled both issues? Well now you…Read More

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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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