Do you really know your garden?

2 Written by Lisa on 27th Jan 2015 in Design Tips

Snowdrops Lisa Cox Garden Designs

We ventured out into the garden yesterday to do a bit of clearing up. The house had been empty for almost a year before we moved in and before that was rented out for a few years so the garden has really been left to its own devices.

Lisa Cox Garden Designs Snowdrops

I hadn’t really thought that there was much in the way of plants, or “garden” to be honest, but once we cleared away the dead foliage we uncovered a few gems and we’re now looking forward to seeing what emerges as the months unfurl.

Although I’m itching to get started with the garden, we do have some more pressing things to tackle inside the house and I also think it’s really important to see your garden through the seasons before you make any big changes.

Emerging snowdrops Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Our new garden is really exposed and so the wind I know will prevent me from growing certain things and will also impact where we want to sit out or indeed where I will incorporate some shelter.

But I’m also unsure right now how much sun certain parts of the garden will get in Midsummer when the sun is at its highest.

Bay tree Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Although I have a good understanding of sun/shade and how buildings and trees will impact the environment, I always encourage input from my clients when I’m taking the brief for a new project as generally they know which part of the garden catches the sun for longest and/or any problem areas that need to be addressed.

If you have a new garden and are itching to make it your own, it will pay dividends to be patient – if you can bear to live with it for a while that is!

Perennial Fern Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Make notes as the seasons change and when you’re outside, experiment with placement of your furniture depending on the time of day.  So, for example, if you like to catch the evening sun, then note which corner of the garden gets the sunshine for the longest in the months when you’re most likely to be able to sit out.

Primrose Lisa Cox Garden Designs

You may not know where to start with the design or layout, but the longer you can spend getting a feel for the space, the easier it will be to create something later and of course to work collaboratively with a professional if that’s what you choose to do.

Some misty pictures from the Welsh Hills

6 Written by Lisa on 19th Jan 2015 in From the drawing board

Misty morning in the Welsh Hills Lisa Cox Garden Designs

We’ve been in Wales for almost 2 weeks now and every morning we wake up to the Welsh Hills and it makes my heart sing. Read more

A week in Wales

0 Written by Lisa on 15th Jan 2015 in From the drawing board

View from garden at back Lisa Cox Designs

We’ve been in Wales for a week now and I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to wake up to the view over the Welsh Hills.  It never seems to look the same – we’re had all weather’s thrown at us including snow and hail, but we haven’t looked back once. Read more

Exciting new beginnings…

8 Written by Lisa on 2nd Jan 2015 in From the drawing board

View from front garden Lisa Cox Designs

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and I wish you all a very Happy New Year! Read more

Happy Christmas!

0 Written by Lisa on 23rd Dec 2014 in From the drawing board

Rose hips in December Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

All good wishes

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From the drawing board: A new garden for a client near Redhill

0 Written by Lisa on 18th Dec 2014 in From the drawing board

Redhill garden before redesign Lisa Cox Designs

Last weekend I presented the final designs to a client in South Nutfield, near Redhill.  It’s a complicated site with steep levels which always makes for some head scratching but at the same time, gives such scope for a more interesting garden. Read more

A trip to Box Hill at dawn – Part two

0 Written by Lisa on 12th Dec 2014 in Inspiration

Frosty morning on Box Hill Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I hope you enjoyed the photographs I shared on Wednesday of my trip to Box Hill last Saturday at dawn. Read more

A trip to Box Hill at Dawn – Part One

0 Written by Lisa on 10th Dec 2014 in Inspiration

Golden sunrise over from Box Hill Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Last Saturday, as it was forecast to be a bright and frosty morning, I got up really early and went to Box Hill to take some photographs. Read more

From the drawing board: New garden for a client in Richmond

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

Concept sketch back garden Richmond

I wrote a blog post last week about tackling really small gardens which was triggered by a project I’ve been working on in Richmond. Read more

Fabulous Fire bowls by The Firepit Company

0 Written by Lisa on 2nd Dec 2014 in Garden accessories, Inspiration

The Fire Pit Company English Country Ball

I’ve recently come across these wonderful fire bowls from The Firepit Company.  What better way to encourage you to spend more time out in the garden after dark, even on a chilly evening when you wouldn’t normally sit outside. 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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