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How Does The Garden Design Process Work?

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Most of the potential clients who contact us have never had a garden designed before and have no idea how it all works. We appreciate what a daunting thought it can be so we thought we would explain how our garden design process works… Initial garden design consultation When you…Read More

The Burts at Culzean Castle and Country Park

Garden Visit: Culzean Castle & Country Park

Wednesday, 04 September 2019

We recently spent a week on the lovely Ayrshire Coast and decided to visit Culzean Castle & Country Park, especially as it is both dog and child friendly, a must for us these days. We have been to Culzean before but not for quite some time so we were looking…Read More

Cragside

Garden Visit: Cragside

Thursday, 29 August 2019

Northumberland has been a regular retreat for us in recent years – the beautiful beaches have won over our hearts and Noodle the Cockapoo became an immediate fan on her visit this summer. This year we decided to revisit a garden we first went to 6 years ago, and we…Read More

Brodick Castle Gardens

Guest Blog: Garden Visit to Brodick Castle and Gardens

Monday, 22 July 2019

Our lovely friends The Robertsons recently visited Arran and kindly gave us a review of Brodick Castle and Gardens which we have been wanting to visit for a while. Here’s what they thought of it… “We recently spent a few days on the beautiful island of Arran as part of…Read More

Our "new" furniture fits perfectly on our wee balcony

Garden Furniture Makeover

Thursday, 23 May 2019

If you know anything about us then you will know we love a wee makeover project and saving things from landfill and giving them a new lease of life. Let’s face it we’ll all get a bit old and rusty one day but we’re not ready for the rubbish heap…Read More

Planting Dicksonia antartctica is a great way to make a bold statement in your garden

Garden Trends for 2019

Tuesday, 01 January 2019

Gardening used to have a reputation for being boring and something people do when they retire. These days it is trendy to spend more time outdoors and use your garden as an extra room. So we have our (green) fingers on the pulse and have brought you the big garden…Read More

Millboard composite decking paired with chunky ropes looks stunning

Vialii Review of 2018

Friday, 28 December 2018

As we near the end of 2018, as is the tradition, we have cast our minds back over the year that’s been and we have pulled together our own wee highlights of the gardening world (and some other stuff!) and created the Vialii Review of 2018… Product of the Year…Read More

For the stylish gardener in your life

Vialii Guide to Christmas Gardening Gifts 2018

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

If you’re like us and you have still not finished your Christmas shopping and are struggling for ideas, then this is the list for you! We have carefully selected our favourite garden related gifts which your nearest and dearest would love to receive. So without further ado, here is the…Read More

Pretty LED lights in a jar brighten up a dark balcony

Best Outdoor Christmas Decorations

Wednesday, 05 December 2018

Normally we are adorning your garden with beautiful planting, patios, pergolas and water features. But at this time of year our minds turn to how we can tastefully make your house stand out in the festive crowd. Here’s our guide to the best outdoor Christmas decorations… Wreaths You will no…Read More

Mirrors are great for small gardens

Design A Small Courtyard Garden

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

We recently went on holiday to York and stayed in a beautiful townhouse just outside the City Walls. The garden was very small but it showed how a small garden can still be cleverly designed to create a lush green space where you can relax. Here are a few tips…Read More

Shieldhill Butterfly Project Garden for the Community

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Back in September 2014, when Tilda was still tucked up safely in my tummy, Michael and I met with Elaine from the Butterfly Project to discuss how we could help them transform the local church’s steeply sloping garden into a space the community could use. Elaine with the support of…Read More

This is our favourite! How cool is this blue path, like a wave through the garden!

A Garden Commute to Work in China

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

We love spending our days in gardens and feel fortunate to be able to do so. We know so many people have to walk/cycle along busy roads to get to work or sit in cars or in busy trains. One of our maintenance clients sent us these amazing photos of…Read More

The Black Hole Terrace

Garden of Cosmic Speculation

Tuesday, 08 May 2018

It was the annual opening of the Garden of Cosmic Speculation last weekend so it was the perfect place to spend Jill’s birthday. As it’s only open for this one day a year you have to make sure you’re on the ball and grasp the opportunity to see what is arguably…Read More

Christmas gardening gifts

Vialii Guide to Christmas Gardening Gifts 2017

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

The Christmas lights are up, Wizzard is on the radio and excitement is defintely in the area. It can mean only one thing. Christmas is coming. So in age old tradition, to help you find something a little bit different and a big bit beautiful for your loved ones, here…Read More

A contemporary garden

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

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

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