Willow Garden Designer Spotlight – Gija

Hi, I’m Gija,

I am a designer here at Willow Alexander and I am passionate about creating beautiful outdoor spaces to connect people to people, and nature.

I am especially passionate about creative layout solutions maximising the available space however big or small. Having worked with a wide range of green spaces – from small size city gardens and courtyards to spacious country gardens and commercial projects, I know exactly how important a green space can become, once it’s given a purpose and a meaning.

A garden renovation project for most people is a once in a lifetime opportunity to change the way they see and use their garden. An opportunity to change their lifestyle or sometimes a chance for a fresh start.
A private green space is a blessing – so many that do not have any will agree with me here, especially after the year of 2021. So, I feel it is our duty now to celebrate our green spaces and our planet. And by doing so – make our contribution towards more sustainable future.

Over last couple of years I have noticed a significant shift in focus on to sustainable landscaping and gardening practices, which are also close to my heart. From your choice of hard landscaping materials and planting combinations, to introducing trees and shrubs to your garden, there are plenty of steps you can make to contribute towards creating a more sustainable, low carbon and wildlife friendly garden.

And if you don’t know where to start – we have some good news for you! Landscaping industry has made a stellar effort to make it easy for you to make the right choice. Here are couple of easy-to-follow tips:
*Decking – probably the most popular garden feature especially for DIY garden renovations. So here are your options:
– Look for FSC certification when buying your decking boards. This will ensure that your wood has come from responsibly managed forests.
– Upgrade to Composite Decking Boards. Aside from exceptional longevity and low maintenance qualities, composite decking is probably one of the most environmentally friendly landscaping products available as it’s made from a mix of recycled wood and plastic.

*Patio – it’s pretty simple – keep paved areas to minimum and chose Permeable / Porous paving materials. This will allow the rainwater to penetrate the surface and drain away naturally. Here are some popular permeable materials: Block Paving, Clay Brick Pavers, Sandstone, Limestone, Resin, Self-Binding Gravel, Gravel.

*Shopping – for many the absolute favourite part of garden renovation project 😊
There are so many choices to make – from hard landscaping materials to furniture, accessories and plants. So enjoy the process and have fun! But if you can – Shop Locally!

But it all of course starts with your own vision for your garden and lifestyle.

This is when a design concept plan is starting to take shape and creative garden layout, meets outdoor lighting plan. And selected hard landscaping materials start working in sync with carefully chosen planting combination creating an entirely new space and sometimes a new beginning.

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Thomas HillThomas Hill
08:11 07 Feb 24
Excellent from start to finish. Communications were great, the quote was fair and they stuck to it, the guys who did the work were friendly, totally competent, quick but not rushed - and the quality of the work was perfect. It was a small job but a bit awkward and they nailed it. Thank you!!
Jason RyderJason Ryder
09:26 05 Jan 24
Barbara DesboroughBarbara Desborough
22:32 04 Dec 23
Brilliant gardeners . Have some lovely comments from friends . We would struggle to keep the garden looking this good without them . They made a huge difference in a relatively short time for our wedding anniversary .
Raniaa KhanRaniaa Khan
16:37 15 Nov 23
Thank you for the fantastic service today the team was brilliant we are so impressed with how quickly and neatly everything was done!
adeleke adeogunadeleke adeogun
22:42 10 Nov 23
The team arrived on time and did perfect job, I will surely recommend.
Victoria MaxwellVictoria Maxwell
20:44 19 Oct 23
Great team
Will definitely call them again and recommend.
Amber HoneAmber Hone
11:47 13 Oct 23
An extremely knowledgeable and efficient team!
Linda WolakLinda Wolak
20:38 15 Sep 23
Have used Willows Alexander Garden, for maintaining my garden for a long time now. Always reliable and attend regularly on a fortnightly basis. Very knowledgeable and able to offer advice re planting ect when ever the need arises.
Graham PragnellGraham Pragnell
08:36 17 Aug 23
Superb! A great team did a fantastic job at garden clearance. Really good people to work with!

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