From the drawing board

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!

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

RHS Flower Show Cardiff 2015 – The finished garden!

10 Written by Lisa on 18th Apr 2015 in From the drawing board

Lisa Cox Cardiff Flower Show 2015 RHS Mazda Garden

I am thrilled to finally be able to share some pictures of my finished RHS Cardiff Flower Show garden for Victoria Park Mazda entitled “A Front Garden” I’m thrilled to tell you that we were awarded a Bronze medal. Read more

RHS Cardiff Flower Show 2015 – The build has started!

4 Written by Lisa on 10th Apr 2015 in From the drawing board

RHS Flower Show Cardiff 2015 build Lisa Cox SH Landscapes

It’s Day 3 of the RHS Flower Show 2015 build and we’re getting on really well. The structure for the Façade is up and the image will be mounted on it today. Read more

RHS Cardiff Flower Show 2015 – 1 week to go!

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

RHS Flower Show Cardiff Lisa Cox Garden Designs 2015

So, we’re down to our final week of planning and now I’m feeling very excited about the build starting next week. Read more

RHS Cardiff Flower Show 2015 – 2 weeks to go!

0 Written by Lisa on 26th Mar 2015 in From the drawing board

Colour sketch of bench RHS cardiff 2015 Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Another week goes by and we’re another week closer to the commencement of the build.  I’m really getting excited now that we’re almost there with all the logistics and I’ve ticked quite a lot off my list. Read more

RHS Cardiff Flower Show 2015 – only 3 weeks to go!

2 Written by Lisa on 18th Mar 2015 in From the drawing board

Golden narcissus at RHS Garden Wisley Lisa Cox

Today marks the “3 weeks to go” date until the build starts at Cardiff and it certainly feels as though the clock is ticking at double speed now! Read more

RHS Cardiff Flower Show 2015 – An update

0 Written by Lisa on 9th Mar 2015 in From the drawing board

RHS Cardiff Flower Show 2015 - Victoria Park Mazda A Front Garden by Lisa Cox Designs

You may have noticed that I’ve been absent for a couple of weeks.  I haven’t been around much as we were in France for a few days (internet is always hopeless there!) and I’ve also been out and about sorting things out for my show garden with Victoria Park Mazda at Cardiff in April.  So hope you haven’t been having withdrawal symptoms…I’m sure you got by! Read more

The big Reveal…my design for RHS Cardiff Flower Show 2015

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

RHS Cardiff Flower Show 2015 - Victoria Park Mazda A Front Garden by Lisa Cox Designs

I’m very excited to be able to share with you the plans for my show garden at RHS Cardiff this year. I’ve been alluding to it for some time so it’s great to finally be able to show you the design and tell you more about it. Read more

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

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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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