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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.

Hanna Pechar sculpture garden- a delight for garden designers

Hanna Pechar Sculpture Garden As lockdown eases, the Hanna Pechar Gardens is now open for bookings. With an appointment you will be able to walk around their lovely gardens with even more space to yourself. As a garden designer I have always attempted to design a garden without the need for sculpture , being wary that sculpture might detract from the beauty of the plants. However, after my visit to the Hanna Pechar sculpture gardens recently I have realised that not only can a sculpture really enhance the beauty of a garden but the design itself can be influenced by [...]

By |2021-01-04T08:37:11+00:00January 4th, 2021|Articles|Comments Off on Hanna Pechar sculpture garden- a delight for garden designers

How to design a woodland

Recently, our regular columnist, Andrew Staib, Director of the garden design company Glorious Gardens Sussex, has literally branched out and formed Glorious Woodlands.  Sussex Local decided to see what he was up to! What exactly is Glorious Woodlands?  This is a design service I am offering to people with a spare field or few. We are offering a bespoke woodland design, to help people create a lovely addition to their house and garden. I am interested in both the ecological benefits as well as including beautiful elements like tree circles, paths, contoured mounds and ponds. Clients can even chose their [...]

By |2021-01-04T08:33:19+00:00January 4th, 2021|Articles|Comments Off on How to design a woodland

Designing your garden in August- Fresh Eyes

Taking a fresh look at your garden with Design Eyes In this article I’d like to take you through the steps I would go through with a client to help you see your garden afresh and help you make the decision process easier. People are often intimidated by their garden space, accompanied often with a fear of plants. Maybe in the past they have bought plants that have died on them or just don’t know how to maintain each one. Likewise, some have spent lots of money on the garden and it hasn’t resulted in the transformation they had hoped. [...]

By |2021-01-04T08:32:06+00:00January 4th, 2021|Articles|Comments Off on Designing your garden in August- Fresh Eyes

Garden Design in February- The Set Up Month

February- The Set-Up Month February is an important month to really set up your garden.  With Covid keeping us at home, our gardens can give us the expansiveness, connection and hope we desperately need. Andrew Staib from Glorious Gardens Designs takes a look at plants that will light up your garden. February can be an up and down month. Sometimes clear days have us running out to turn over the soil and dig in some compost, other days have us sheltering indoors looking out of a rainy window. If you are one of those gardeners who don’t start visiting their [...]

By |2021-01-04T08:30:59+00:00January 4th, 2021|Articles|Comments Off on Garden Design in February- The Set Up Month

Garden Design in February- The Set Up Month

February- The Set-Up Month February is an important month to really set up your garden.  With Covid keeping us at home, our gardens can give us the expansiveness, connection and hope we desperately need. Andrew Staib from Glorious Gardens Designs takes a look at plants that will light up your garden. February can be an up and down month. Sometimes clear days have us running out to turn over the soil and dig in some compost, other days have us sheltering indoors looking out of a rainy window. If you are one of those gardeners who don’t start visiting their [...]

By |2021-01-04T08:27:01+00:00January 4th, 2021|Uncategorised|Comments Off on Garden Design in February- The Set Up Month

Garden Design to encourage birds

Creating a Bird Friendly Garden At Glorious Gardens we are increasing being asked to design gardens that are wildlife friendly, especially for birds. This article aims to help you think more about how you can support birdlife.  Micheal McCarthy in The Moth Snowstorm, quotes the Common Bird Census which has recently found that bird life in the UK is in startlingly rapid decline, The Turtle Dove population has declined by 95%, the Grey Partridge by 91%, the Spotted Flycatcher by 89% and the Tree Sparrow by 95%. Even though aggressive agricultural practises and the use of pesticides that have decimated [...]

By |2021-01-04T08:18:58+00:00January 4th, 2021|Articles|Comments Off on Garden Design to encourage birds

Best Echinacea Varieties for the Garden

Echinaceas provide striking colours to a garden, blooming from mid-summer through to mid-autumn. Commonly called coneflowers, these easy to grow plants work well alongside other perennials.  They are ideal plants when considering prairie-style gardening, their height and range of colours complementing the ornamental grasses employed in this increasing popular type of garden.  There are a good number of echinacea varieties to select from, but whichever best suits your planting scheme their colourful flowers will attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies in to your garden. Some varieties to consider include: Echinacea Purpurea ‘Magnus’ This is one of the more common [...]

By |2020-10-06T13:41:26+01:00October 6th, 2020|Articles, Blog, Flowers, Front Gardens, Garden Art|Comments Off on Best Echinacea Varieties for the Garden

Landscaping Ideas for the Side Garden

When landscaping your house, it can be all too easy to overlook the outdoor space at the side of the house. Our attention is often focussed on the front and back garden only, yet a well-thought-out side garden can provide a perfect link between the two. Regardless of how wide the space is, there are many ways to take advantage of this additional outside area. An Attractive Through-way A combination of paving and attractive planting can provide for a visually appealing side garden, one which ideally complements both the front and back garden areas.  Pathways can be practical and interesting [...]

By |2020-09-22T14:27:37+01:00September 22nd, 2020|Articles, Blog, Garden Art, Plant Combinations|Comments Off on Landscaping Ideas for the Side Garden

A Retaining Wall Can Add Aesthetic Appeal To Your Garden

When landscaping a garden, a retaining wall can be an ideal solution in making the most out of your outdoor space. The planting scheme understandably takes up a lot of the focus, but the overall aesthetic appeal of a garden involves more than just shrubs and flowers.  A retaining wall not only helps level out areas of the garden to give you more planting options, but they can add a level of aesthetic beauty to the landscaping design too. A wall can be built from a variety of materials, providing a feature which fits in seamlessly to your overall garden [...]

By |2020-09-29T10:32:02+01:00September 18th, 2020|Articles, Blog, Garden Art|Comments Off on A Retaining Wall Can Add Aesthetic Appeal To Your Garden

A Garden Lush With Irises

With their colourful variety of stunning blooms, irises are a firm gardening favourite. Their beautiful colours have long caught the eye. Indeed, irises were one of the favourite flowers of the French impressionist artist Claude Monet.  As well as lining the pathways of his home at Giverny, irises featured in a number of Monet’s works including ‘The Path through the Irises’ and ‘The Artist’s Garden at Giverny’. Although the bloom of an iris can come and go within the space of a couple of weeks, consideration to the different varieties of iris when landscaping a garden can help extend their [...]

By |2020-09-04T14:17:22+01:00September 4th, 2020|Articles, Blog, Flowers|Comments Off on A Garden Lush With Irises