Design Tips

Fences won’t work for a windy site

0 Written by Lisa on 28th Jul 2015 in Design Tips

What you can always guarantee when you live high up on a hill is a breeze.  A couple of weeks ago when the sun was blazing hot we certainly welcomed it, but on other days it can make things a little chilly.

Elder in flower Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I’m undecided yet how best to deal with creating an area of shelter because the garden isn’t only about the view, it’s more a case of the garden being “in” the view and I don’t want to compromise that feeling.

What is sure, when you have a windy site, is that timber garden fences just won’t cut the mustard – they won’t last five minutes.  This, for me, is one of the joys of living so rurally now, no more timber fences that seem to always annoy the neighbours, and quite often don’t last more than a few years.

In Leatherhead, we changed our fence twice in 10 years – it can be an expensive affair!

Sculpted hedges at Sussex Prairies Lisa Cox Garden Designs

The best way to deal with windy sites is to create a shelter belt using plants and trees as they diffuse the wind, but still allow it to pass through. If you get it right, you can reduce wind speeds by up to 75%.

Where you have the space, this should be a combination of trees and shrubs and/or a hedge so that the wind is slowed through each of the layers.

You need to choose plants that hold up to the wind as tender and more delicate plants won’t like the conditions.  Going for coastal plants can be a safe bet as they’re used to salt too.  Escallonia is great, as is Hawthorne, but take care to choose something that fits with its surroundings.

In our garden, native hedging would feel more appropriate and it might be that a small section near a seating area will be enough to diffuse some of the breeze when we’re sitting out.  I certainly need to give it some more thought – even a strategically placed shrub could be enough for what we want to do.

Softening the edges in small gardens

0 Written by Lisa on 6th Jul 2015 in Design Tips

Grass mounds Hauser Wirth Somerset Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Using curves in small spaces can be a challenge as often there just isn’t the space to allow the curve to be what it is. 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

Some golden rules when choosing your paving

0 Written by Lisa on 25th Feb 2015 in Design Tips

New terrace East Horsley Garden Design Lisa Cox

I went to Southampton for a meeting about RHS Cardiff yesterday and one of the main things to decide were the hard landscaping materials.  It’s so important when you’re choosing your materials that you check they work well together, and are in keeping with whatever materials are already on site otherwise you could be looking out onto a garden that makes you cringe! Read more

Looking beyond your boundaries

0 Written by Lisa on 16th Feb 2015 in Design Tips

Majestic oak tree in Surrey hills Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Borrowing the landscape is a garden design trick of old.  Even if you’re not lucky enough to have a great view, it doesn’t mean that you can’t borrow some of the features from the neighbouring landscape. Read more

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. Read more

Tackling really small gardens

0 Written by Lisa on 25th Nov 2014 in Design Tips

Bletchingley courtyard sketch Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I’ve just been working on the designs for a client in Richmond who has the tiniest of gardens, just 25m2 to be precise.  Spaces this small can often be more challenging to design because it’s every square inch counts. Read more

The power of yellow…do you love to hate it?

0 Written by Lisa on 4th Nov 2014 in Design Tips, Plants

Yellow day lilies at Loseley Park hemerocallis

When I first start to talk to clients about plants, the majority of people say that they don’t want any yellow.  From experience what they actually mean is that there’s a particular plant with a particular tone of yellow that they don’t like or want in the garden. Read more

The best gardening gloves in town

1 Written by Lisa on 24th Oct 2014 in Design Tips

atlas-variety-pack-6-pairs-atlas-370-gloves

I’ve recently ordered a new box of Atlas gardening gloves and it wasn’t until I was placing the order that I realised the last batch lasted me 5 years!  I was first introduced to them when I worked with Garden Designer, Fiona Stephenson, and I’ve used them ever since. Read more

5 trees that work hard in all seasons

0 Written by Lisa on 21st Oct 2014 in Design Tips, Plants

Autumn colours in Wales Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I love the autumn when the leaves start to turn and the colours become warm and vibrant.  This year it seems to be taking a while to get going, in fact yesterday it was a barmy 20 degrees in Surrey, but there are some signs that the trees are turning. 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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