From the drawing board: Concept design & sketches for a large family garden

0 Written by Lisa on 29th Jun 2015 in From the drawing board

I’ve recently been working with a family back in Surrey – I first saw them last summer but they weren’t quite ready and so it wasn’t until a few months ago that their plans to transform the garden got under way.

Concept Design for large family garden Lisa Cox Designs

As many of my projects recently, they have just been through an extension house renovation project and the hard landscaping was done by the builders.  There are a few awkward bits to work with, but essentially the garden design from this point on is about marrying the contemporary finish of the kitchen and terrace to the less formal elements of the garden.

Concept sketch back garden Lisa Cox Designs

At almost an acre in total, this is a big garden and there are some gorgeous mature trees.  To keep the cost of the build down, I have tried to work with the existing levels, although these aren’t very complicated so it’s been easy to do.

Concept sketch of vegetable garden Lisa Cox Designs

A more formal lawn area leads out onto a lawn with sweeping curves, wild flower meadow and fruit trees.  Along the left side of the garden a walkway with pergola leads to the kitchen garden and on to the utility area.

Back garden concept sketch Lisa Cox Designs

I’ve tucked the trampoline away from view as their children are older and no longer need constant supervising – they’re great fun for children but far from pretty so it’s great that we have the space to play with.

Concept sketch side access Lisa Cox Garden Designs

This is a south-facing garden so it’s hot in the summer, especially on the terrace where the light stone reflects the sun.  So we’re creating a less formal shady seating area out in the garden which will also catch the late evening sun in the middle of summer when the main terrace is in shade.

Concept sketch of front pathway Lisa Cox Garden Designs

The front garden needs some love too and a bit more space to park the cars.  The entrance also needs a bit more structure as currently when you get out of the car you have to walk across the grass to get to the front door.  That’s fine in dry weather, but not so practical when it’s raining.

I’m looking forward to taking this design on to the next stage – with some key adjustments to the current layout, we can really make this garden sing!

Some wild inspiration in my garden

2 Written by Lisa on 22nd Jun 2015 in Inspiration

Wild grasses in Monmouthshire Lisa Cox

Over the last month or so we’ve watched out new garden come to life.  Not because it’s full of plants, but because it’s so wild and hasn’t really been “gardened” for years. Read more

Planting – getting the colour tone right

0 Written by Lisa on 12th Jun 2015 in Design Tips, Plants

RHS Flower Show Cardiff 2015 Lisa Cox A Front Garden for Victoria Park Mazda

When I designed the garden at RHS Flower Show Cardiff I really thought the crowd would be divided about the planting because of the warm and vibrant colours.  But I couldn’t have been more wrong, everyone seemed to love it! Read more

From the drawing board – Concept design and sketches for a London town house

0 Written by Lisa on 4th Jun 2015 in From the drawing board

Back garden before redesign Lisa Cox Designs

Although I’m now living a fair distance from London, I’ve been working over the past few months with a client in Chiswick.  After an initial visit to site when I was up in London earlier this year, we have been liaising remotely and it’s working really well. Read more

Stylish & affordable garden accessories by La Hacienda

0 Written by Lisa on 28th May 2015 in Garden accessories, Inspiration

Contemporary chiminea by La Hacienda Lisa Cox

I’ve recently been introduced to La Hacienda who specialise in stylish and affordable garden accessories. Not all of us have pots of money to spend on our gardens but that doesn’t mean we have to compromise of style. Read more

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015 – My favourite Artisan Garden

0 Written by Lisa on 22nd May 2015 in Inspiration

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015 A trugmaker's garden Lisa Cox

This morning I wanted to share some images of my favourite Artisan Garden.  Sometimes these small gardens can be more inspiring than the main show gardens. Read more

RHS Chelsea 2015 – Two more gardens on Main Avenue

0 Written by Lisa on 21st May 2015 in Inspiration

RHS CHelsea 2015 Cloudy Bay & Vital Earth Garden Lisa Cox

I promised to post some more pictures from the Main Avenue gardens at RHS Chelsea 2015. Read more

RHS Chelsea 2015 – Dan Pearson’s Best In Show

0 Written by Lisa on 21st May 2015 in Inspiration

Planting in Laurent Perrier Garden RHS Chelsea 2015 Lisa Cox

I spent yesterday planting up my project in Reigate so apologies for the lack of blog posts yesterday! Read more

RHS Chelsea 2015 – Some more action from Main Avenue

1 Written by Lisa on 19th May 2015 in Inspiration

Sentebale garden RHS Chelsea 2015

As I sit here the sun is shining – such a shame that most of yesterday was wet and windy, it cetainly didn’t make for easy photography.  But I hope you enjoy the forthcoming posts and my photographs. Read more

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015 – Some of my favourite show gardens

0 Written by Lisa on 18th May 2015 in Inspiration

The Time inbetween garden RHS Chelsea 2015 Lisa Cox

I spent a rather rainy and cold day at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show today – such a change from last year when I seem to remember getting sunburnt!  But despite the rain I still enjoyed the day and I thought I’d start my coverage with a few of my favourite show gardens. 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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