The June stars of my garden

0 Written by Lisa on 11th Jun 2014 in Plants

Lavandula angustifolia Hidcote Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Hasn’t it been fabulous to spend some time outside over the past week or so.  My garden this year has gone bonkers, I think because until now we’ve had quite a lot of rain.  But there’s lots in flower so I thought I’d share some pictures of the stars of the show at the moment.

The lavender above was taken in the front garden and even though the laburnum has now finished, there’s still a lot on display.

Sisyrinchium striatum Aunt May Lisa Cox Garden Designs

The Sisyrinchium striatum ‘Aunt May is looking great at the moment but it’s best when the sun’s out and the front of our house gets baked in hot weather.  The flowers go on and on.

And the olive tree is loving it out there – the flowers are just starting to open up.

Olive tree in flower Lisa Cox Garden Designs

The back is much more lush and the Alchemilla mollis is now in full swing…

Alchemilla Mollis Lisa Cox Garden Designs

The Nepeta ‘Six Hills Giant’ has been flowering for a month now but it still looks great.  It’s such a brilliant plant as it literally flowers all summer and as soon as it starts to look a bit straggly you can cut it down and new flower stems will magically appear.

Nepeta Six Hills Giant Lisa Cox Garden Designs

The Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’ is now looking fabulous too – I love the way the sunlight shows up the veins of the leaves.  They take a while to establish and get going, but once they’re on their way, they grow quickly.

Cotinus Royal Purple in sunlight Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I have a rose on the fence which I’ve had for over 10 years.  I brought it long before I became a garden designer and haven’t a clue what variety it is, but it’s always healthy and flowers forever…only thing it lacks is a bit of scent.

Pink climbing rose Lisa Cox Garden Designs

And I’ll leave you with a couple of pictures of Rosa ‘Ballerina’ which are excellent roses for a cottage style border.  These are part of a plant order for one of my clients but as they’re on my terrace waiting to be delivered I’ve been able to enjoy them for a few days too…

Rosa 'Ballerina' Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Rosa Ballerina Lisa Cox Garden Designs

What’s looking good in your garden?  I’d love to know!



(Images: Lisa Cox)


More bluebells in the Surrey Hills

0 Written by Lisa on 29th Apr 2014 in Inspiration, Plants

Winkworth Arboretum in April Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I had a frivolous day off yesterday to go walking with a good friend of mine.  We chose a route that would take in some bluebells and we weren’t disappointed.  The walk went from Milford to Godalming in Surrey and took in Winkworth Arboretum as well as many other bluebells woods along the way. I didn’t fancy carrying my SLR around with me, but did take some images with my pocket camera and they’ve come out reasonably well considering. Read more

Searching for bluebells

0 Written by Lisa on 22nd Apr 2014 in Inspiration, Plants

Bluebells in White Down Surrey Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I hope you had a lovely Easter!?  We made the most of the good weather and went in search of bluebells.  They’re out early this year and, although they need a bit more time to be fully at their best, they still looked pretty spectacular. Read more

10 plants waking up in my garden

0 Written by Lisa on 18th Mar 2014 in Plants

Tree peony emerging Lisa Cox Garden Designs

We were in France last weekend and even after just a couple of days away I noticed how much the garden has woken up when we got back. Read more

First signs of spring at RHS Garden Wisley – Part Two

2 Written by Lisa on 14th Mar 2014 in Inspiration, Plants

crocus at RHS Wisley Garden Lisa Cox Designs

On Tuesday I shared some images of RHS Garden Wisley, which is feeling very spring like now.  I took so many images of the spring flowers that I thought I’d share them with you in a separate blog post. Read more

Ilex crenata – a brilliant alternative to Box

0 Written by Lisa on 14th Feb 2014 in Design Tips, Plants

Victorian driveway edging Lisa Cox Garden Designs

If you read my blog on Tuesday then you’ll know that I planted a double hedge in the front garden in North London.  My client was a bit worried about box blight so we decided instead to use Ilex crenata (Japanese Holly) for the low hedge. Read more

Front garden design tips: What about the plants?

6 Written by Lisa on 7th Feb 2014 in Design Tips, Plants

Front garden design London Lisa Cox

This is the last post in my blog series about front gardens.  I hope you’ve found it useful and now feel inspired to tackle your own? Read more

How to plant a tree to ensure successful establishment

0 Written by Lisa on 7th Jan 2014 in Plants

Ferns in an oak tree Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I attended the annual Palmstead Nursery seminar back in September.  It’s one of the events of the year for me because they always have really interesting and expert speakers.  The subject this year was trees and one of the speakers was Tony Kirkham from Kew gardens. Read more

How does your garden grow in winter?

0 Written by Lisa on 20th Dec 2013 in Inspiration, Plants

Sir Harold Hillier Garden

We’re not in the garden very much over the winter months, but it’s still really important that it looks great and has some interest.  I always think winter is the time when you really see the structure of a garden in all its glory because there’s nothing to distract you. Read more

Some more images from Loseley Park Garden

0 Written by Lisa on 4th Nov 2013 in Inspiration, Plants

Heleniums at Hampton Court Palace Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I was looking through some of my images over the weekend and thought I’d share some more from my trip to Loseley Park earlier this year. 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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