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From the drawing board: Concept design for a challenging garden near Camberley

0 Written by Lisa on 28th Nov 2016 in From the drawing board

I have recently been working with a client near Camberley who has a very challenging garden. She contacted me a few months ago with some pictures of the site and it became clear very quickly why she didn’t really know what to do.

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The garden is pretty much full with mature trees, three of which are Sequoia (Redwood). The others are pines and oaks and the whole site is subject to a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) which means that the trees are protected.

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The main challenge is the soil which is starved of water and nutrients. This isn’t surprising of course, with mature trees, but it’s been a challenge to get anything to grow or even to fork over the beds in the first place.

What’s adding to the challenge is the issue of compacted ground. Actually, the house was built within the last 25 years so I’m quite surprised that the development was permitted so close to the trees in the first place.

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There are ways to improve the soil around mature trees and we’ve discussed the possibility of decompacting the ground using a piece of machinery called an air spade.  This piece of kit uses compressed air to aerate the soil without causing damage to the roots.

The other consideration is to use plants that can tolerate difficult situations.  Planting under mature trees is always going to be tricky, but it should be possible to grow something.

I’ve had some success with planting under a mature oak before.  We used smaller 9cm plants because the soil was quite shallow and planted more per m2 than we would have normally done. Actually sometimes it allows you to grow species that would otherwise be a bit invasive!

So here is the concept design for the site and a few sketch views.  Essentially I think we need to maximise the small area of the garden near the house which is furthest from the trees. That way, even if we’re not fully successful with growing plants throughout the garden, there will be an area that looks and feels lush and green.

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I am proposing that the terrace is reduced in size a little to allow for some planting against the house wall.

I’ve also introduced some beds to separate the terrace from the lawn area. This will give it more depth and allow for more planting near the house.

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We agreed from the start that the areas under the trees should have a woodland feel – to be honest, it wouldn’t really make sense to do anything different.

The boundaries could do with a little bit of screening so we’ve talked about some robust shrubs such as Fatsia japonica which is tolerant of dry shade, but the majority of the planting will be low with bark pathways throughout.

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In order to spread the cost, the garden will be implemented in phases, but at least there is a master plan in place and an end goal in sight. I’m looking forward to hearing about the progress as and when it happens.

 

From the drawing board: Concept design for a large family garden in Hurley

0 Written by Lisa on 18th Nov 2016 in From the drawing board

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I’ve recently been working with a family in Hurley who are keen to make more of their large garden.  Although it’s relatively flat, it’s a little tricky because the house is positioned over to one side of the plot and is at an awkward angle. Read more

From the drawing board: Epsom garden finished

0 Written by Lisa on 28th Oct 2016 in From the drawing board

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I went back to see my Epsom project last week which, apart from the new shed, is all finished. Read more

From the drawing board: Courtyard garden in Reigate 1 year on

0 Written by Lisa on 21st Oct 2016 in From the drawing board

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I was up in Surrey and London earlier this week and I managed to get over to Reigate to see the courtyard garden that was finished and planted up last May.  It’s looking really fabulous after such a short space of time. Read more

From the drawing board: Concept design for a garden in Cheshire

0 Written by Lisa on 6th Sep 2016 in From the drawing board

Concept design Cheshire garden Lisa Cox

You may remember that I have recently been working with a client in Cheshire.  They have a large garden, surrounded by open countryside with far-reaching views across the landscape, towards North Wales. Read more

From the drawing board: Woking garden 2 years on

0 Written by Lisa on 28th Jul 2016 in From the drawing board

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Last week I showed you some pictures from my project in Weybridge which was planted in the autumn last year but today I want to share some photos of the Woking garden I redesigned with my clients 2 years ago. Read more

From the drawing board: My Weybridge project 9 months on

0 Written by Lisa on 20th Jul 2016 in From the drawing board

Contemporary lounge chairs Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Whilst I was visiting RHS Hampton Court Flower Show a couple of weeks ago, I spent a bit of time going back to see some of the gardens that were planted up over the last couple of years. Read more

From the drawing board: The finished garden in Hammersmith

1 Written by Lisa on 29th Jun 2016 in From the drawing board

Built-in BBQ Hammersmith Garden Lisa Cox Designs

I was up in London last week planting a garden in Hammersmith.  This small garden was part of a house renovation project of which the inside of the house isn’t quite finished, but the garden is now a fully functional room and now that they’ve moved back in, I hope will give them a space where they can escape from the chaos inside. Read more

From the drawing board: Chiswick garden 6 months on

2 Written by Lisa on 9th Jun 2016 in From the drawing board

Chiswick Garden 6 months on from planting Lisa Cox Designs

It’s 6 months since I planted my project in Chiswick so when I was up in London for the RHS Chelsea Flower show I popped over to see how it’s doing. Read more

From the drawing board: Concept design & sketches for a Monmouth town house

2 Written by Lisa on 31st Mar 2016 in From the drawing board

Garden Concept Design Monmouth town house Lisa Cox

I’ve recently been working with a client in Monmouth to help them to redesign the garden for their Georgian town house. 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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