Design Tips

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.

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

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

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

Good design is all about balance

0 Written by Lisa on 4th Jul 2014 in Design Tips

Side garden restructured Lisa Cox Designs

I’ve recently been working with a client in Woking who, after a big project to renovate the house, needed some help to lift the garden.  They’d already installed the paving and brought in lots of mature specimen plants, but the garden just hadn’t really come to life and they didn’t feel very inspired to spend time out there. Read more

Create your garden course – Week 2

0 Written by Lisa on 14th May 2014 in Design Tips, From the drawing board

Week 2 create your garden workshop Decor Cafe Lisa Cox

Yesterday was week 2 of my Create Your Garden course at The Decor Cafe in Putney, which I’m running with friend and fellow garden designer, Sarah Speller. 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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