A visit to New Wood Trees in Devon

2 Written by Lisa on 9th Feb 2015 in Inspiration, Plants

New Wood Trees Devon Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I went to visit New Wood Trees on Wednesday, a fabulous nursery in Devon specialising in multi-stem trees.  I’ve sourced a few trees from them in the past, but it was great to finally make a trip there to see the extent of their stock and to meet the owner, Philip Nieuwoudt.

Philip Nieuwoudt New Wood Trees Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I love working with people like Philip, so passionate and knowledgeable and brilliant at what he does.  So often trees are grown with clear straight stems and a neat canopy at the top.  This has a lot to do with managing the space required for growing, but I often feel that the character of each tree is a little lost.

New Wood Trees Multi-stem specimens Lisa Cox Garden Designs

At New Wood Trees, everything is grown in the field so each tree is completely individual and has its own character. This is their busy season whilst the root-balled stock is available although they do lift and containerise some of the stock so that there are trees available in the summer.  But if you want to pick out the right tree from the full range of stock, this is the time to do it.

Arctic Beech at New Wood Trees Lisa Cox Designs

The tree in the image above is an Antarctic Beech (Nothofagus antartica), a tree I haven’t come across before.  The bark was amazing in the winter sunshine and I’m very interested in seeing it in the summer when it’s in leaf.

Arctic Beech bark New Wood Trees Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Even if you’re not ready for it just yet, it’s worth taking the time to source it now as it can be lifted, containerised and kept safe ready for planting out later.

I felt very inspired by the time we left and it got the creative juices flowing for my own garden…although I need to be a bit patient there.  Having said that, it will be lovely to be able to plant a tree in a garden where it has the space to breathe, I’m very excited about that!

But Wednesday was mainly about RHS Cardiff for me as I need a special tree for that. Lots of choice and some decisions are now to be made…more details to follow soon on that topic.

I’ll leave you with a few pictures of some multi-stem topiarised box which Philip has been experimenting with.  I think he could be on to something – a new look for the box ball!

Topiarised multi-stem box at New Wood Trees Lisa Cox Designs

Multi stem box topiary New Wood Trees Lisa Cox Designs

There’s a lot more information on the New Wood Trees website, but I can wholeheartedly recommend Philip and his amazing trees!


(Images: Lisa Cox)

A trip to Box Hill at dawn – Part two

0 Written by Lisa on 12th Dec 2014 in Inspiration

Frosty morning on Box Hill Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I hope you enjoyed the photographs I shared on Wednesday of my trip to Box Hill last Saturday at dawn. Read more

A trip to Box Hill at Dawn – Part One

0 Written by Lisa on 10th Dec 2014 in Inspiration

Golden sunrise over from Box Hill Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Last Saturday, as it was forecast to be a bright and frosty morning, I got up really early and went to Box Hill to take some photographs. Read more

Fabulous Fire bowls by The Firepit Company

0 Written by Lisa on 2nd Dec 2014 in Garden accessories, Inspiration

The Fire Pit Company English Country Ball

I’ve recently come across these wonderful fire bowls from The Firepit Company.  What better way to encourage you to spend more time out in the garden after dark, even on a chilly evening when you wouldn’t normally sit outside. Read more

Inspiration from Lyme Regis

0 Written by Lisa on 19th Nov 2014 in Inspiration

Lyme Regis bay Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I spent a few glorious hours in Lyme Regis yesterday so I thought I’d share some of the photographs I took whilst I was there. Read more

Introducing garden joiner – Jonathan Blackburn

0 Written by Lisa on 14th Nov 2014 in From the drawing board, Inspiration

garden bench peg back detail by Jonathan Blackburn

I’m always looking for talented craftsmen (and women!) to work with and earlier this year I met Jonathan Blackburn, a brilliant garden joiner based in Oxfordshire. Read more

Where do you get your inspiration from?

4 Written by Lisa on 12th Nov 2014 in Inspiration

The South Downs Way Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Everyone needs a bit of inspiration now and again and for me it’s not only integral for keeping my design work interesting, but it’s also part of keeping myself energised, positive and happy. Read more

A walk to find some inspiration

0 Written by Lisa on 7th Nov 2014 in Inspiration

Perovskia at St Marys Church Leatherhead Lisa Cox

I was feeling in need of a bit of inspiration yesterday so I took my camera with me for a blast of fresh air.  Leatherhead has some lovely and interesting architecture and St Mary’s Church is really interesting with its flint walls and public garden which always looks great in late summer and early autumn. Read more

Gardening and Landscaping Mission to the Netherlands Part Three…Rotterdam

2 Written by Lisa on 31st Oct 2014 in Inspiration

Rotterdam Citizens Crowdfund wooden yellow walkway Lisa Cox Garden Designs

This is the last blog post about my trip to The Netherlands last week and today I’m going to share some of the images I took in Rotterdam where we spent most of day two. Read more

Gardening and Landscaping Mission to the Netherlands Part Two…The Nurseries

2 Written by Lisa on 30th Oct 2014 in Inspiration, Plants

Field grown trees at Boomkwekerij Ebben Nursery Holland Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Earlier this week I shared some images of the Villa Augustus hotel.  But today I want to share some photos of some of the fabulous nurseries we visited whilst we were there.  Most of the images were taken on my phone so they’re not really up to scratch, but I hope you enjoy all the same… Read more

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