Inspiring day in Somerset – Part Three

0 Written by Lisa on 30th Sep 2014 in Inspiration

Shaftesbury Gold Hill Lisa Cox Garden Designs

As you know, last Tuesday I went with my friend and fellow garden designer, Jane Shankster, to visit the Piet Oudolf garden at the new Hauser & Wirth gallery in Somerset.

After we’d finished at the gallery and enjoyed a very nice pub lunch, we ambled our way back home, stopping briefly at King Alfred’s Tower which forms part of the Stourhead Estate and also visited Shaftesbury because we thought it would be good for photos.

So today I thought it would be nice to share some of the other images I took along the way.  Some are abstract of textures and details, which I always find really inspiring, but others are just of the somerset countryside which is particularly beautiful at this time of the year when the trees are just starting to turn.

Somerset Countryside view from Shaftesbury Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Pathway through grass to King Alfred's Tower Lisa Cox Designs

 

The next couple of photographs were taken at the Hauser & Wirth Gallery in the internal courtyard…

Lamps and shadows Hauser Wirth Somerset Lisa Cox Designs

Grasses & brickwork Hauser Wirth Lisa Cox Designs

 

I loved the concrete detail of this drain (below) – sad I know, but these details feed my creativity.  The whole area was constructed using poured concrete, each section detailed and edged with cast concrete that doubled up as a drainage gully which led to a central drain cover.

This is not just concrete, it’s been thought about and designed to create an aesthetically pleasing and practical courtyard which probably saved some cash too.

Concrete coutyard & drawin detail at Hauser Wirth Somerset Lisa Cox Garden Designs

And this image was taken of the reinforced parking areas outside…

Parking surface Lisa Cox Garden Designs

As I mentioned earlier, we stopped at King Alfred’s Tower on our way past and took a few photographs of the amazing brickwork.  Originally designed as a folly from which the surrounding countryside could be viewed, the tower has now become a landmark which can be seen from afar.  Such a shame it’s not safe enough to climb now, but it did provide an opportunity for some interesting pictures…

King alfred Tower Somerset Lisa Cox Garden Designs

King Alfreds Tower Lisa Cox Garden Designs

King Alfred's Tower Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Looking up at King Alfred's Tower LIsa Cox Garden Designs

King Alfred's Tower Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Brickwork on King Alfreds Tower Lisa Cox Garden Designs

 

As we walked through the wooded edge to get to the tower, I noticed a cross that had been carved in the bark of a silver birch tree…

Cross on birch bark Lisa Cox Garden Designs

 

And these last images were taken in the historic town of Shaftesbury, famous for the Hovis advert which was filmed in Gold Hill.

Gold Hill Shaftesbury Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Gold Hill in Shaftesbury Lisa Cox Garden Designs

As we walked around the town I notice some details which made for some good photographs…

Plants in wall in Shaftesbury Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Drain cover in Shaftesbury Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Drainage gully Gold Hill Shaftesbury Lisa Cox Garden designs

Informal paving in Shaftesbury Lisa Cox Garden designs

Amazing how interesting things are when you’re looking through the lens of a camera!

 

(Images: Lisa Cox)

 

 

An inspiring visit to Hauser & Wirth in Somerset – Part Two

6 Written by Lisa on 27th Sep 2014 in Inspiration

Salvia at Hauser Wirth Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Part two of my visit to Hauser & Wirth in Somerset on Tuesday features some close-up photographs I took of the planting.  The sunlight was diffused by the misty air which made for some good shots. Read more

An inspiring visit to Hauser & Wirth in Somerset – Part One

0 Written by Lisa on 24th Sep 2014 in Inspiration

Hauser & Wirth Garden Somerset Lisa Cox Designs

I took a frivolous day off yesterday to visit the new Piet Oudolf garden at the Hauser & Wirth Gallery in Somerset. Read more

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. Read more

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

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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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