Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Cypress Trees and Why You Should Have Them

We have just planted eight cypress trees in a wonderful garden in Bridge of Allan which we designed and built for our clients. The garden has been complete for a while apart from said trees as we were waiting on them arriving from Italy.  And wow, what a difference they made when they went in. Here is why we think you should consider them in your garden and a few little known facts including trees with knees!

The cypress trees make a strong statement

Monday, 8 August 2016

Jupiter Artland: Out Of This World

Jupiter Artland, squirrelled away in West Lothian, is aptly named as it is truly out of this world. From the moment you arrive, the attention to detail of every single element of the garden is quite breathtaking. We were lucky enough to be accompanied by our good friend and talented photographer, Julie Howden from Julie Howden Photography. Using the wonderful bartering system, she paid for her garden design by taking a few "snaps". We definitely got the good end of that deal...

We all loved our trip to Jupiter Artland and exploring the woodland

Monday, 1 August 2016

#RaisedBedRevolution - Book Review

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, so we were immediately keen to see what this book had to offer.

"Raised Bed Revolution" by Tara Nolan

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Our Pick of Unusual Planters

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 the garden centre. From floating planters to upside down pots and even planters that send messages to your smart phone, we have some of the latest, coolest ways to garden...

Growing plants upside down - awesome!

Monday, 25 April 2016

When Should You Commission A Garden Designer?

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 with enquiries from people wanting their garden done. So when is the right time to think about getting your garden re-designed?...

One of our recent garden designs

Monday, 28 March 2016

Fancy Paths! - Intricate Garden Paving

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 patio in your garden...

Herringbone paths lead between diamonds of paving in this garden

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Dog Friendly Gardens, What To Consider...

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 a dog friendly garden? Well here are some of our top tips...

Elmo going for a walk among the snowdrops

Monday, 22 February 2016

Take A Seat, Vialii Style

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 elements is the seating. We don't just chuck in a garden bench and hope for the best. Here are some of the ways we have incorporated seating into the gardens we have designed...

Our bespoke seat under our cherry tree was a
perfect spot for a drink on our wedding day 

Monday, 25 January 2016

Making Sense of Your Garden

We are working on two different community projects at the moment, both of which include sensory gardens. 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 any garden...

Monday, 4 January 2016

Vialii Review of 2015

As we squelch forward into 2016, we thought it would be good time to sit back with a cuppa and look back over 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 highlights here with you. From our favourite garden feature to the best wildlife photograph of 2015 read on to find out more...

Monday, 7 December 2015

Coolest Garden Gifts For Christmas 2015

We know how 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. You will be very popular if you give someone these Christmas pressies this year...

What beautiful gifts will you be wrapping this year?

Monday, 2 November 2015

Kiss My Grass!

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 in winter when gloved in frost. If you want to include some new grasses in your garden read on to find out some of our favourites...

Grasses are a wonderful addition to the winter garden