From the drawing board: Concept design & sketches for a garden in Abergavenny

0 Written by Lisa on 8th Feb 2017 in From the drawing board

I’ve been working with a couple in Abergavenny over the last few weeks who have recently renovated their house and are now ready to turn their attention to the garden.

They’re planning to build some of the garden themselves so they just needed a help to get a concept design idea together that they could then develop and take forward themselves.

The potential of the garden was one of the reasons they brought the house and they love it’s open feel and the fact that you can see the top of the Blorenge from the end of the garden when you look back towards the house.


Want they really want to create is a garden of rooms with areas that make seating flexible.  The new extension has a contemporary feel to it, mostly so that it fits with the architecture of the house but they want the overall feel of the garden to be a bit more informal.


The areas adjacent to the house will serve as the connecting space, linking the more formal areas within the kitchen to the less formal areas further out in the garden.

The main terrace area will provide a spacious flexible area which will allow enough room for large gatherings but also feel intimate enough when it’s just the two of them.


Further out into the garden the summerhouse will be rejuvenated with an informal circular seating area amongst planting with a mobile fire pit and comfy chairs.

The existing garage wall, which is a bit ugly at the moment, will be painted or rendered with log storage against the wall to give interest, function and texture.

At the front of the house the levels are a little trickier and the driveway entrance is quite narrow.  The new layout will enable them to park two cars side by side whilst making sense of the route up to the front door from the pavement level.


I’m looking forward to seeing how they get on with the implementation of the garden which is likely to happen in stages. If the need arises, I may be involved a bit later on so I’ll keep you posted as and when I have any updates.


Working with curves

0 Written by Lisa on 27th Jan 2017 in Design Tips

I’ve been drawing the design for a large garden in Hurley this week and it involved rather a huge chunk of time working out where all the radius points of my free-hand curves were. Read more

Snowdrop season is just around the corner

0 Written by Lisa on 11th Jan 2017 in Inspiration, Plants

January is always a long month, especially after the festivities of Christmas, but it won’t be long until the snowdrops start to emerge and I always think their arrival promises that spring isn’t that far around the corner. Read more

Happy Christmas!

0 Written by Lisa on 22nd Dec 2016 in From the drawing board

Misty valley in Welsh Hills Lisa Cox Garden Designs

The run up to Christmas always seems to go so fast and I never really know why.  But I’ve been baking a lot this week too which probably hasn’t helped too much with getting my task list done! Read more

From the drawing board: Concept design & sketches for a garden in Hereford

0 Written by Lisa on 13th Dec 2016 in From the drawing board


I’ve recently been working with a client in Hereford who has just moved into his house in the middle of Hereford. It’s a small garden, but in a great location, close to the centre of town and also near the river. Read more

Some grassy inspiration from Barn House Garden

3 Written by Lisa on 8th Dec 2016 in Inspiration


I was very fortunate to be introduced to Kate Patel this year who, as it happens, lives just up the road on the other side of The Wye Valley. Read more

From the drawing board: Concept design for a challenging garden near Camberley

0 Written by Lisa on 28th Nov 2016 in From the drawing board


I have recently been working with a client near Camberley who has a very challenging garden. She contacted me a few months ago with some pictures of the site and it became clear very quickly why she didn’t really know what to do. Read more

From the drawing board: Concept design for a large family garden in Hurley

0 Written by Lisa on 18th Nov 2016 in From the drawing board


I’ve recently been working with a family in Hurley who are keen to make more of their large garden.  Although it’s relatively flat, it’s a little tricky because the house is positioned over to one side of the plot and is at an awkward angle. Read more

Canary Wharf Part 3 – The gardens

0 Written by Lisa on 14th Nov 2016 in Inspiration


You may question what the image above has to do with gardens, but as we were about to go up the escalator to the Cross Rail Roof Garden, this was the scene out of the window. Quite dramatic don’t you think? Read more

Canary Wharf Part Two – Black & White

0 Written by Lisa on 8th Nov 2016 in Inspiration


I don’t normally take pictures in black and white, but I think sometimes they can be more dramatic than colour photographs, especially when the architecture is strong. 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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