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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.

They contacted me back in May because the thoughts I’d written about my own garden resonated with them, especially the desire to connect the garden to the landscape beyond.

View from Cheshire garden before redesign Lisa Cox

The garden at the moment is pretty much a blank canvass but there are some features that we’d like to make more of.  The “round” garden, for example, has some really mature planting, but some of it requires some thinning out and the lawn area needs to be redefined.  I also feel that it should be more of a secret garden, which will also provide a more sheltered space on windy days.

Round garden Cheshire before redesign Lisa Cox DesignsAt the side of the house, the garden slopes from the boundary down towards the house so we need to incorporate a small retaining wall in order to level off the top area.  This part of the garden will be formal in layout with pleached trees along the boundary and bench seats that look back towards the house.

Birdseye view of kitchen & formal garden Cheshire Lisa Cox designs

At one end, a kitchen garden will lead out onto the orchard and at the other end, the main part of the garden will lead the eye in sweeping curves to the view along the SW boundary, becoming less formal as we move away from the house.

View of main garden before redesign Cheshire Lisa Cox Designs

View from breeze house across main garden Lisa Cox Designs Cheshire

In addition to the formal garden at the side of the house, the main terrace areas really need to be properly defined.  I’ve pushed them out into the garden slightly and I often do this because it’s much more inviting. In such a large garden, there’s no reason at all why it needs to butt up against the house wall.

View along back of the house Cheshire before redesign Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Concept sketch view across back of Cheshire house Lisa Cox

I wanted to keep the view clear from the conservatory too so that the large oak tree and tree seat will be a natural focal point from the house.  I’m so excited that we are incorporating a ha-ha.  My clients do own the fields beyond the boundary, but how wonderful it will be to have an uninterrupted view.

There are sections of our own garden where you can’t see the fencing around the field. At times you glance up and think the cows or sheep are in the garden – I love it!

So, we now have an overall conceptual plan for the whole site but because it’s so big I’ll be working up each area of the garden at a larger scale to ensure that there’s enough detail for the contractor.  I can’t wait to get started with the next phase!

From the drawing board: Woking garden 2 years on

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

Back garden Lisa Cox Garden Designs

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

From the drawing board: Concept design & sketches for a client in Milan

0 Written by Lisa on 23rd Mar 2016 in From the drawing board

Garden-design-Milan-Lisa-Co

I’ve recently been working with a client in Milan who wanted some help to transform her small and tricky courtyard garden.  To add to the challenges of the site, she lives in a conservation area and this means that she’s not allowed to construct anything that will involve excavation or concrete. Read more

Happy Christmas!

0 Written by Lisa on 18th Dec 2015 in From the drawing board

Rose hips at dawn Christmas Lisa Cox Garden Designs

This time next week most of us will be getting ready to sit down to a big feast.  I still feel as though there’s lots to get ready, but it’s all creative stuff including making a garland and doing some more baking, so not such a hardship. Read more

Blowing my own trumpet!

4 Written by Lisa on 9th Dec 2015 in From the drawing board

MSGD certificate Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I hope you’ll indulge me by allowing me to blow my own trumpet today as I have some exciting news to share with you. Read more

From the drawing board: The finished Weybridge garden

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

Back garden Weybridge Lisa Cox Designs

I have been working with my client in Weybridge for almost two years now and I’m delighted to be able to share some images of the finished garden which has been a long time in the making. 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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