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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.

Beautifying Your Pathways

The pathways around your home serve their purpose, but flowers along the edging can bring colour and fragrance to this otherwise utilitarian space. Imagine these mini-gardens alongside the tiles, pavers, and hardscapes. Year-round, flowers will soften those lines as they appeal to the senses. By creating a beautiful border, your entire yard will be more attractive without being a chore. Here are a few examples of plants and shrubs which can enhance the visual appeal to your pathways. Lavender Lavender remains a favourite when planting borders. Its low height and abundance of colour make it a popular choice to line [...]

By |2020-07-07T11:10:57+01:00July 7th, 2020|Uncategorised|Comments Off on Beautifying Your Pathways

Planting for an Impressionist Garden

When landscaping a garden, by using plant and shrub varieties with different coloured blooms you can achieve a striking visual impact.  By combining wildflowers and herbaceous perennials you can make a section of your garden resemble a beautiful painting from an impressionist master such as Claude Monet. His 1873 depiction of the Poppy Field immediately provokes images of the perfect summer scene. It is a scene which can be quite simple to replicate when landscaping your own garden. The Common Poppy It is hard to imagine this popular flower was once considered just a weed. Its vibrant red flowers are [...]

By |2020-07-02T10:58:47+01:00July 2nd, 2020|Flowers, Garden Art, Transformations|Comments Off on Planting for an Impressionist Garden

Things to Consider When Pruning Trees

The summer months have arrived and you are finally enjoying being back out in the garden. You can see there are a number of jobs to attend with all the new growth coming through -- including the trees. Part of landscaping your garden will be pruning the trees, but before you head straight in to this job you should consider the best time of year to prune a tree. Why Prune? Pruning has a number of benefits including safety, as you will be removing damaged or diseased branches which could cause harm if they fall. Pruning also helps the shape [...]

By |2020-06-25T12:56:09+01:00June 25th, 2020|Blog, Transformations, Trees|Comments Off on Things to Consider When Pruning Trees

The Sweetest-Smelling Flowers for the Garden

One of the pleasures of gardening is the accompanying scents from your flowers and shrubs. By taking in to consideration when different plants bloom while landscaping your borders, you can ensure your garden is filled with pleasant aromas the whole year round. Many plants will attract bees and butterflies, too. Border Plants Lavender is a garden favourite, a summer perennial ideal for borders and lining garden paths, releasing its gorgeous aroma when brushed. There are many varieties, but planted in the correct conditions lavender requires little maintenance.  Wallflowers are another garden favourite which are easy to grow, providing lovely shades [...]

By |2020-06-22T14:35:22+01:00June 22nd, 2020|Blog, Flowers, Garden Art|Comments Off on The Sweetest-Smelling Flowers for the Garden

Tips on Creating a Wild and Natural Garden

A garden landscape does not always need to be designed with precise lines and neatly trimmed shrubs to be a beautiful haven. A wild and more natural approach to your outdoor space can be just as visually wonderful and can result in attracting more wildlife. Natural landscaping will connect you more to nature, while requiring less maintenance once established.   Planting for a Natural Landscape The informal nature of wild and natural landscaping creates relaxing environments where all the elements flow in a natural manner. Evergreen shrubs offer a good foundation point regardless of the overall style when complete. These [...]

By |2020-06-17T10:20:39+01:00June 15th, 2020|Articles, Blog, Plant Combinations, Transformations|Comments Off on Tips on Creating a Wild and Natural Garden

Summer Perennials for the Garden

Summer perennials add wonderful colour and fragrance to the garden. When landscaping your garden summer perennials offer colourful blooms year upon year. They can make for simpler gardening as they are often easy to maintain and mean less work compared to the need to replace annual plants every year.  There is a rich abundance of choice when considering which perennials will fit your garden design. When landscaping your outdoor space think about the colour combinations you desire, the quantity of sunlight different areas are exposed to and the different heights the plants will reach. A landscape designer can create a [...]

By |2020-06-15T15:02:16+01:00June 15th, 2020|Uncategorised|Comments Off on Summer Perennials for the Garden

Creating Your Ideal Summer Outdoor Dining Area

Outdoor dining during the summer months is one of the joys of having an outdoor space. When landscaping a garden there are many options you can consider in order to include an area where you may enjoy meals surrounded by the fruits of your gardening effort. Whether you want a picture postcard country cottage style courtyard or a modern alfresco dining patio, a landscaping professional can help you design just what you desire. Find the Right Setting While proximity to the home when designing a summer dining area is useful for carrying the meals in and out, look to make [...]

By |2020-10-29T11:28:34+00:00June 2nd, 2020|Blog|Comments Off on Creating Your Ideal Summer Outdoor Dining Area

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