From the drawing board: Concept design & sketches for client in Epsom Downs

2 Written by Lisa on 19th Sep 2014 in From the drawing board

Potager garden concept sketch Epsom Lisa Cox Designs

I’ve recently been working with a client in Epsom Downs who wanted to design a potager area at the bottom of the garden to accommodate her new greenhouse, existing summerhouse and also to create an attractive space where they can sit and take in the evening sunshine.

The area now is rather overgrown and the existing vegetable area is no longer utilised.  The sitting area does get some sunshine, but it feels quite disconnected from the rest of the garden and the summerhouse is more of a storage space than anything else which seems rather a shame.

Garden in Epsom before redesign Lisa Cox Designs

Epsom potager area before redesign Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Epsom garden before redesign Lisa Cox Designs

What she wanted from me was a help to get started so I’ve put a concept design together which gives her a plan to work from and the design ideas to develop with her landscaper.

Concept Design Epsom Garden Lisa Cox

The area at the end of the garden is large, as big as some peoples gardens, so it makes absolute sense to use it more effectively.  The greenhouse has been positioned to get the most light throughout the day and I’ve moved the summerhouse and seating area to the other side so that they can make the most of the evening sunshine.

Potager gardens don’t have to be all about function, they can be beautiful too.  I wanted to open up the entrance, separated by more airy planting that will enable the potager to be viewed from the house.  I also wanted it to feel more connected to the rest of the garden.

Concept sketch Epsom Garden Lisa Cox Designs

The shed will be hidden away behind some trellis so that access is easy and there’s space out of view for compost bins and the wheelbarrow etc.

I’m looking forward to seeing the pictures when it’s all finished.  It’s really going to transform what is now a dark and dingy corner of the garden!

From the drawing board: Leatherhead garden one year on

0 Written by Lisa on 15th Sep 2014 in From the drawing board

Planting in Leatherhead garden after one year Lisa Cox Designs

Last week I finally managed to get back to see the Leatherhead garden we completed and planted last summer.  I should really have been there in July when all the roses and perennials were looking at their best, but I still think the transformation is quite amazing in just one year and there’s still lots in flower and looking great. Read more

A visit to Sussex Prairies

4 Written by Lisa on 9th Sep 2014 in Inspiration, Plants

Sussex Prairies Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I missed a visit to Sussex Prairies a couple of weeks ago so as the weather was lovely at the weekend we decided to pay a visit.  I’ve been wanting to go for ages! Read more

Big flowerbeds are better

1 Written by Lisa on 2nd Sep 2014 in Design Tips

The Flower Garden at Loseley Lisa Cox Designs

Often when I’m working with clients they are concerned about turning too much of the garden over to planting.  This is especially the case when they want a low maintenance garden.  Although they often become interested, many of my clients don’t start off as very keen gardeners and the reason they want to work with a professional is because they don’t have the first clue about plants and what to do with them. Read more

From the drawing board: Concept sketches for a front garden in Reading

0 Written by Lisa on 27th Aug 2014 in From the drawing board

Reading front garden design sketch Lisa Cox

I have recently been working with a client in Reading to help them plan their new front garden.  They plan to build the garden themselves and had lots of ideas, but just wanted some help to bring them together into a coherent plan that they can work with. Read more

Plans for small gardens – circles can be tricky beasts

0 Written by Lisa on 19th Aug 2014 in Design Tips

Cobble paving by Maggie Howarth at Gresgarth Hall

Small gardens are often more challenging to design because generally people want to fit in the same list of things they’d want if their garden was half an acre. Read more

Some planting design tips to help you along

0 Written by Lisa on 15th Aug 2014 in Design Tips

Planting Oxshott Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Planning a planting scheme takes time.  There’s so much to think about and consider to get it right.  As well as the constraints of the site (soil/aspect/drainage), you need to think about the aesthetic qualities of the plant (shape, form, foliage, colour) as well as how well and how long it performs for and of course how long you have to wait for it to become fully grown. Read more

Calamagrostis…one of my favourite grasses

0 Written by Lisa on 12th Aug 2014 in Garden Flowers, Plants

Contemporary garden design for a modern mews house Sutton 10 `

I love Calamagrostis, or Feather Reed-grass as it’s commonly known, it’s one of my favourite grasses. Read more

A tour of the gardens at Glyndebourne Manor

0 Written by Lisa on 8th Aug 2014 in Inspiration

Glyndebourne Manor Lisa Cox Garden Designs - Copy

On Wednesday I spent an amazing afternoon at Glyndbourne Manor with my friend and writer, Rona Wheeldon.  We were invited to a special Garden Bloggers event to have a tour of the gardens and to see the final rehearsal of Rinaldo which opens this weekend. Read more

From the drawing board: Woking garden after planting

0 Written by Lisa on 5th Aug 2014 in From the drawing board

Woking back garden after planting Lisa Cox Designs

The garden at Woking isn’t quite finished, but I wanted to share the pictures I took whilst I was there on Friday because it’s already looking great, especially now that the Rudbeckia’s have come out. Read more

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I specialise in helping families to turn their gardens into an extension of their home and into a space that can be used and enjoyed all year round.

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