A visit to Sussex Prairies

4 Written by Lisa on 9th Sep 2014 in Inspiration, Plants

Sussex Prairies Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I missed a visit to Sussex Prairies a couple of weeks ago so as the weather was lovely at the weekend we decided to pay a visit.  I’ve been wanting to go for ages!

We were a bit late for some of the perennials which were finished already, but there was still plenty to see, especially the grasses which were looking fabulous.

Autumn planting at Sussex Prairies Lisa Cox Garden Designs

The great thing about this sort of planting is that many of the perennials and grasses look fabulous in winter too as they keep their shape and form.  You can just about see the faded plumes of the Astilbe above which have now gone brown but still give structure and texture against the other planting.

Sussex Prairies in Autumn Lisa Cox Garden Designs

At this time of  year there’s an autumnal feel to most gardens and I love the way the bronze and red foliage contrasts with the fluffy flower heads of the grasses.

Sussex Prairies garden Lisa Cox Designs

There were various pieces of sculpture around the garden and also places to sit within the planting.

September at Sussex Prairies Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I love the simplicity of the image below with the sculptural beech hedges which form the central vista through the garden from the tea room (see first image above).

Sculpted hedges at Sussex Prairies Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Miscanthus at Sussex Prairies Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Some of the perennials were still looking great too – lots of red and deep purple.

Sussex Prairies in September Lisa Cox Garden Designs

And of course Rudbeckia were also in flower, shining out like a gold beacon – it’s such a brilliant perennial for late colour, I love it!

Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm' at Susses Prairies Lisa Cox Designs

And my favourite grass was Panicum virgatum ‘shenandoah’ with it’s gorgeous deep red and purple foliage and flowers.

Panicum Shenainabah Sussex Prairies Lisa Cox Designs

Sussex Prairies is open from 1pm-5pm everyday except Tuesdays until 12th October. It’s well worth dropping in if you’re in the area.  Time it right and you can treat yourself to a rather good slice of cake in the tea shop too!  Full details about the garden are on the Sussex Prairies website.



Images: Lisa Cox




A tour of the gardens at Glyndebourne Manor

0 Written by Lisa on 8th Aug 2014 in Inspiration

Glyndebourne Manor Lisa Cox Garden Designs - Copy

On Wednesday I spent an amazing afternoon at Glyndbourne Manor with my friend and writer, Rona Wheeldon.  We were invited to a special Garden Bloggers event to have a tour of the gardens and to see the final rehearsal of Rinaldo which opens this weekend. Read more

Rooms outside by Green Studios

0 Written by Lisa on 22nd Jul 2014 in Inspiration

Lores garden studio by Green Studios

I absolutely believe that your garden has the potential to create additional living space that you can use all year round.  Get the design right and it will change the way you use the space and encourage you to spend more time outside. Read more

Something a bit different in the garden furniture world

2 Written by Lisa on 16th Jul 2014 in Garden accessories, Inspiration

Dedon furniture collection

I came across Dedon recently, an outdoor furniture company that offers something a bit different. Read more

Loseley Park Garden Part 2 – Flying the Union Jack

0 Written by Lisa on 26th Jun 2014 in Inspiration

Flag flying at Loseley Park Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I hope you enjoyed my earlier post this week following my visit to Loseley Park garden last week.  Here are some more images from this wonderful garden… Read more

Loseley Park Garden Part 1 – From Gertrude Jekyll to The Flower Garden

0 Written by Lisa on 22nd Jun 2014 in Inspiration

Loseley House from the Herb Garden Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Last week I attended a press event at Loseley Park.  As you know, I love the garden there…it has an informal and relaxed feel to it and it’s never the same each time you visit. Read more

Some inspiration from a birthday spent in France

0 Written by Lisa on 3rd Jun 2014 in Inspiration

Estuary at Saint Valery Sur Somme Lisa Cox Designs

It was my birthday a couple of weeks ago and we decided to go over to France to a little boutique-style Logis we know that has a wonderful restaurant attached. Read more

A beautiful and inspirational garden for a family in Surrey

4 Written by Lisa on 30th May 2014 in From the drawing board, Inspiration


Back in 2012 I worked with Fiona Humberstone and her husband to help translate the ideas they had for their garden into a design that they could work from themselves. Read more

RHS Chelsea Flower Show – 2014 inspiration

0 Written by Lisa on 25th May 2014 in Inspiration

Fabric lanterns in Artisan retreat at RHS Chelsea 2014 Lisa Cox

There’s so much to inspire at the Chelsea Flower Show and it’s not all about the show gardens and floral exhibits. Read more

RHS Chelsea 2014 – 150 Years of Hilliers

0 Written by Lisa on 25th May 2014 in Inspiration

150 years of Hilliers RHS Chelsea 2014 exhibit Lisa Cox

The Hilliers exhibit in the Floral Marquee is always a highlight of The Chelsea Flower Show.  All the other exhibits are amazing too, but this one is very much at the heart of it. 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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