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About Andrew Staib

In 2006 I formed Glorious Gardens, gathering together skilled practitioners to offer not just design but implementation of these designs and maintenance packages where we could look after the gardens once we had created them. Throughout my career I have designed gardens to inspire people with the heart aching beauty of nature, with shapes, colours, moods and proportions to pleasure the body and calm and delight the mind. I am also an artist who works with colour and abstract shapes and I bring this sensitivity to the 4 dimensions of a garden. I am very good at listening to clients and I’m able to draw out the essence of what a client wants for their outdoor space.

Choosing a Waterfall for Your Garden

Adding a waterfall to your garden is a great way to add character, a feature point which can transform your outdoor space. Not only do they look good, the sound of running water is soothing to many. By incorporating a water feature into your landscaping design it will also help oxygenate a pond and keep the water fresh and clean. There are many styles which can be used. The Natural Look A pond fed by a faux babbling brook provides a beautiful, natural looking water feature. The natural feel can be complemented by the surrounding planting, with leafy greens emphasising [...]

By |2020-05-15T13:42:15+01:00May 13th, 2020|Articles, Blog, Flowers, Garden Art, Uncategorised|Comments Off on Choosing a Waterfall for Your Garden

Your Vegetable Garden Can Be Beautiful

A vegetable garden does not have to be rows of monotonous green. It can be every bit as pleasing on the eye as any other style of garden. An area measuring 20ft by 20ft can produce a good range of crop varieties a stone’s throw from your kitchen.  Stepping out in to your garden to pick fresh vegetables, salad leaves, herbs and fruits for your meals is one of life’s pleasures. When landscaping an outdoor space, a vegetable garden can be beautiful, practical and provide for low maintenance gardening. Image by congerdesign from Pixabay  Let’s Get Started Making raised beds part of your [...]

By |2020-04-30T13:12:22+01:00April 24th, 2020|Articles, Blog, Flowers, Front Gardens|Comments Off on Your Vegetable Garden Can Be Beautiful

Landscaping Design Ideas for Your Front Garden

A beautiful front garden welcomes you back home and can provide endless visual pleasure and inspiration. It also sets the tone for how other people view your house on arrival. Yet when landscaping your front garden space you will want to make it functional for you as well as aesthetically pleasing. Its upkeep and maintenance should also be a pleasure and not a chore.    Native Plants Mapping out your landscaping plans helps get the end results you desire. By using native plants which are already adapted to the local climate you can reduce the time required in looking after [...]

By |2020-04-30T13:09:55+01:00April 16th, 2020|Articles, Blog, Front Gardens, Grasses, Uncategorised|Comments Off on Landscaping Design Ideas for Your Front Garden

Hillside Landscaping: Concerns & Solutions

A home looking over a sloping garden can offer stunning views and be a prime reason why you bought the house. However, landscaping a sloping garden requires different considerations compared to an area of flat land. Water run-off, soil erosion and soil integrity can be some of the problems which need to be addressed for successful gardening on sloping grounds. Remember the View If one of the primary reasons you bought a house was for the view then you want to make sure you maintain that view in your landscaping plans. Take the time to carefully position all new planting [...]

By |2020-04-08T12:39:08+01:00April 8th, 2020|Blog, Small Gardens|Comments Off on Hillside Landscaping: Concerns & Solutions

Planting to Attract Bees in to Your Garden

The gentle buzz of the bee in the garden is a quintessential spring and summer sound. By pollinating plants and fruit they also provide gardeners an invaluable service while they flit between flowers. However, the number of bees in the UK has seen a dramatic decline in recent times, a fact which should concern us all.  When landscaping your garden or when planning this year’s planting scheme, there are a number of ways to help attract these vital pollinators. Image by shell_ghostcage from Pixabay  Planting Native Species First and foremost, you will want to grow a variety of plants which can provide nectar [...]

By |2020-04-02T17:10:49+01:00April 1st, 2020|Articles, Blog, Flowers, Garden Art, Insects|Comments Off on Planting to Attract Bees in to Your Garden

Creating a Contemporary Garden Design

If your home has the clean and minimalist design of the modern home, you’ll be looking for a garden that reflects that style.  After all, the garden is an outdoor space connecting us to nature, but also providing an extension of the home in which to relax and entertain. It should be personal yet connect with the surrounding landscape -- while offering a level of gardening maintenance that suits your lifestyle. With thoughtful use in planting and garden fixtures, you can include colour and warmth to a contemporary garden design.   Planting to Add Warmth Modern design often employs stone [...]

By |2020-03-25T08:56:28+00:00March 18th, 2020|Blog, Garden Art, Places, Small Gardens|Comments Off on Creating a Contemporary Garden Design

The Japanese Garden

This classic garden provides a calm refuge with natural elements that encourage contemplation and symbolize renewal, wonder, and beauty.  Stones are symbols of longevity and the ever-present forces of nature, providing the garden with an anchor. With stones, we can create a landscape for cascading water, with small hills, a stream, and a pond. Image by Drobek226 from Pixabay Water symbolizes continuity with the hereafter. Cascading water, streams and ponds with koi or carp fish providing a flash of gold colour. The cascades also have a practical purpose, as clear, circulating water helps keep the air fresh during summer months. [...]

By |2020-03-25T08:50:34+00:00March 10th, 2020|Blog, Garden Art, Places, Small Gardens|Comments Off on The Japanese Garden

Designing Your Dream Cottage Garden

For many of us, the image of the cottage garden with its warm colours, its links to a time gone by, and its self-sufficiency is idyllic. Yet this style of garden is in reach of us all, however small or large the plot. While the romantic image of the cottage garden may have certain defining features, the beauty within the design is there are no rules. With a little planning and minimal upkeep you can create the garden of your dreams. Features of a Cottage Garden This traditional style of garden was born out of practicality and most people will [...]

By |2020-02-20T07:59:36+00:00February 20th, 2020|Blog, Garden Art, Places, Small Gardens|Comments Off on Designing Your Dream Cottage Garden