Design Tips

A visit to Horsham Stone in West Sussex

0 Written by Lisa on 7th Nov 2013 in Design Tips

Horsham Stone Quarry Lisa Cox Garden Designs

On Monday I visited the Horsham Stone quarry in West Sussex with my local Society of Garden Designer’s cluster group.

We had a tour of the site and learnt a bit more about the stone itself, which has been used for centuries in the surrounding area and further afield.

Fossilised Horsham Stone Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Horsham stone is a sandstone that’s famous for the fossilised ripple marks on its surface. It looks just like a sandy beach when the tide goes out.

Not all the stone has this texture so often these large feature pieces are used for threshold steps, hearths or for areas where people want to make a feature of the stone.

Horsham stone archway Lisa Cox Garden Designs

The quarrying takes place for just two months of the year, during the summer months when the land is dry.  Only a 20m wide strip of field is excavated at a time and care is taken to replace the earth when the quarrying has finished which means that the land can be used for growing crops from the following year.

Horsham Stone roof tiles Lisa Cox Garden Designs

It has many uses, from walling stone to paving to roof tiles and can be seen used in buildings such as Kensington Palace and many historic churches across Sussex, Surrey and Kent.  There’s also evidence of it being used by the Romans nearly 2,000 years ago.

Horsham Stone Way with cock and hen coping Lisa Cox Garden Designs

It’s a gorgeous stone, quite similar to reclaimed York stone, but with a much richer colour. Because of the nature in which the stone is quarried, they never quite know what they’ll find each year they have a large enough stock on site to cover most orders.

It’s certainly worth investigating if you’re looking for a local stone to use in the garden.  I know I’ll be considering it for future projects.



(Images: Lisa Cox)


Dealing with sloped gardens

2 Written by Lisa on 29th Oct 2013 in Design Tips

View of deck from under willow tree Lisa Cox Garden Designs Surrey

Sloped gardens can be a bit daunting to deal with, but they provide an easy way to make a garden more interesting because you can use what’s already there to your advantage.  Of course flat gardens can be interesting too, but a naturally sloped space will present different opportunities that you might not otherwise have. Read more

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0 Written by Lisa on 22nd Oct 2013 in Design Tips, Inspiration

Concept sketch for front garden in Wandsworth

I went to see a potential client in Clapham on Saturday. They live in a beautiful Victorian town house and are slowly restoring its original features. They’re very keen to improve the look and feel of the front garden first, the back garden will come later. Read more

Sometimes a parasol just doesn’t really cut it!

2 Written by Lisa on 24th Jul 2013 in Design Tips

Umbria Parasol by Garpa

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What’s involved in the preparation of a landscaper’s quote

4 Written by Lisa on 24th Apr 2013 in Design Tips

Box topiary and stone bench in Box, Wiltshire

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Constructing a garden…it gets worse before it gets better!

8 Written by Lisa on 12th Apr 2013 in Design Tips, From the drawing board

Leatherhead Garden under construction Lisa Cox Garden Designs

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Three key tips to help you to design your pathways

0 Written by Lisa on 2nd Apr 2013 in Design Tips

York Stone Path at Sissinghurst

Pathways are a crucial element to a well designed garden.  They take you on a journey from one area to the next so they need to be practical but also provide some interest along the way.  It’s therefore important to plan them carefully to ensure that they are fit for purpose. Read more

Create a flower meadow with Nova-Flore seed mixes

0 Written by Lisa on 5th Mar 2013 in Design Tips, Plants

I went to The Garden Press Event a couple of weeks ago and one of the products that caught my eye were these flower seed collections by Nova-Flore, distributed in the the UK by Meadow in My Garden. Read more

Outdoor fires by Planika

6 Written by Lisa on 22nd Feb 2013 in Design Tips, Inspiration

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Building an extension? Have you thought about the garden?

0 Written by Lisa on 1st Feb 2013 in Design Tips

Over the past year I have worked with a lot of clients who have been tackling house building projects.  Most often I am called in after the work has finished when, inevitably, the garden has been rather trashed. Read more

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