Grab your wallet, there are some bargains to be had

0 Written by Lisa on 27th Sep 2016 in Garden accessories

Barlow Tyrie furniture Chiswick Garden Lisa Cox Designs

I popped into our local garden centre last week and was horrified to see that they were already clearing the shelves and getting ready for the Christmas decorations.  In September, really?

But in a way it sort of makes sense because, rather sadly, December is the best month of the year for garden centres so you can understand why they’re starting to get prepared.

Main seating area Lisa Cox Garden Designs

What I also noticed whilst wandering around in my horrified stupor was that they still had some really good deals on garden furniture and other summery items such as BBQs.

I’m pretty sure that the last thing on your mind is buying garden furniture, especially now that the days are getting shorter and there’s a nip in the air. But if you want to get value for money, it’s absolutely worth shopping around now because there are some really good deals out there.

Lounge seat Chiswick Garden 6 months on Lisa Cox Designs

It’s worth looking at some of the top end companies such as Barlow Tyrie, Garpa, and Westminster.  They all have clearance tabs on their websites with deals offering up to 70% off in some cases.  Surely it has to be worth a look?

Contemporary lounge chairs Lisa Cox Garden Designs

But garden centres are a good place to start as they often stock a wider range and this means they generally have something for pretty much every budget.  You may even be lucky enough to snap up an ex-display set.

Don’t hesitate though, it won’t be long before the shelves are full of Christmas lights and ball balls and then you’ll have to wait until next year!


(Images: Lisa Cox)

A few days away in south west Wales

0 Written by Lisa on 20th Sep 2016 in Inspiration


We managed to grab a couple of days away last week in a place called Llansteffan, on the Towy estuary.  We had the most amazing weather and I was very happy to take in the open sandy beaches and big skies which always present themselves in coastal locations. Read more

Artistic talent and a frivolous purchase

0 Written by Lisa on 26th Aug 2016 in Inspiration

Rachel Dein workshop

Many weeks ago when I visited the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show, I came across Rachel Dein.  She creates the most fabulous botanical art in plaster and concrete.  In fact you may have seen her on Country File a couple of weeks ago when she featured on the show? Read more

The garden gem that is Dewstow

2 Written by Lisa on 22nd Aug 2016 in Inspiration

Mixed border at Dewstow Garden Lisa Cox Designs

A few weeks ago I made an impromptu visit with my parents to Dewstow Garden near Chepstow.  I’d heard about it a while ago and I was curious to see what it was like. To be honest I didn’t expect to like it, but it couldn’t have surprised me more. Read more

A visit to Jekka’s Herb Farm sparked a horticultural debate

0 Written by Lisa on 12th Aug 2016 in Inspiration, Plants

Jekka's Herb beds Lisa Cox Garden Designs

A couple of weeks ago I visited Jekka’s Herb Farm with the Garden Media Guild.  What an inspiring lady Jekka is, so passionate about what she does and about spreading the word about the benefits of herbs to our health and well being. Read more

Super inspiring Allt-y-bela

0 Written by Lisa on 4th Aug 2016 in Inspiration

Allt-y-bela Lisa Cox

I went to visit the garden at Allt-y-bela yesterday, Arne Maynard’s home in Monmouthshire. I can’t tell you just how inspired I feel after a couple of hours in his garden. Read more

RHS Hampton 2016 – Some final inspiration

0 Written by Lisa on 9th Jul 2016 in Inspiration

Feelgood front garden RHS Hampton 2016 Lisa Cox

To round of my week of coverage from the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show I thought I’d leave you with a few more snippets of inspiration from around the show. Read more

RHS Hampton 2016: A couple of the main show gardens

0 Written by Lisa on 8th Jul 2016 in Inspiration

Paved pathway Squires Garden RHS Hampton 2016 Lisa Cox

Today I’ve decided to share some pictures of two of the main show gardens with you.  The first is Squire’s 80th Anniversary Garden designed by Catherine MacDonald. Read more

RHS Hampton Court 2016: My pick of the Summer Gardens – Part Two

0 Written by Lisa on 7th Jul 2016 in Inspiration

A Summer Retreat Garden RHS Hampton 2016 Lisa Cox

My pick of the Summer Gardens continues today with three more inspiring spaces.  The first is CCLA’s “A Summer Retreat” which was inspired by the ethos of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Read more

RHS Hampton 2016: my pick of the Summer Gardens – Part One

0 Written by Lisa on 6th Jul 2016 in Inspiration

RHS Hampton 2016 Summer Garden Bowel Disease UK Lisa Cox

The Summer Gardens at RHS Hampton Court are always some of the most inspiring, I think because they’re smaller gardens.  This year was no exception and I think these were my favourite gardens of the show. Read more

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