10 plants waking up in my garden

0 Written by Lisa on 18th Mar 2014 in Plants

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.

Tree peony emerging Lisa Cox Garden Designs

The tree peony always makes a dramatic entrance – I always think it’s quite architectural when the green shoots appear out of what look like dead branches.

Magnolia blossom Lisa Cox Garden Designs

The magnolia is always a picture too and fingers crossed the frosts will stay away so that the blooms remain at their best.

Narcissus Thalia Lisa Cox Garden Designs

The first of the Narcissus ‘Thalia’ came out today – a gorgeous scented variety with delicate creamy white blooms.  I also have ‘Tete-a-Tete’ which always brightens up the mood.

Narcissus Tete-a-Tete Lisa Cox Garden designs

I spotted the first fritillaria today too, one of my favourite spring-flowering bulbs…

Fritillaria meleagris white Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I have a dwarf mahonia growing in a shady corner which at this time of year opens up with highly scented spring yellow flowers.

Mahonia aquifolium 'Apollo' Lisa Cox Garden Designs

The Ribes is now almost fully out too – it was just threatening to flower last week…

Ribes Lisa Cox Garden Designs

But I think what I love most about spring is the promise of what’s to come as the perennials start to push through the soil with fresh new growth.

I have a Nepeta ‘Six Hills Giant’ in a large pot that covers a drain cover…it’s already got a few inches of growth on it…

Nepeta Six Hills Giant Lisa Cox Garden Designs

And the Spiraea japonica ‘Firelight’ is bursting to come out…

Spiraea japonica 'Firelight' Lisa Cox Garden Designs

As is the Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ which will soon be a mass of fresh juicy arching leaves…

Hakonechloa shoots Lisa Cox Garden Designs


(Images: Lisa Cox)

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

Garden Flowers: Aster ‘Mӧnch’…the daisy that flowers for months

2 Written by Lisa on 14th Oct 2013 in Garden Flowers, Plants

Aster frikartii Monch in October Lisa Cox Garden Designs

This month’s Garden Flowers post, which I write with Rona Wheeldon of Flowerona features Aster ‘Mӧnch’. Read more

Feed the birds with autumn berries

0 Written by Lisa on 8th Oct 2013 in Plants

Sorbus Joseph Rock Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I like all the seasons, but autumn has to be my favourite. I particularly love the rich warm colours, especially on sunny days when the sun makes the autumn foliage glow. Read more

Early autumn colour in Forton Nursery

0 Written by Lisa on 30th Sep 2013 in Plants

Forton Nursery Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Autumn is most certainly in the air now and I’ve been in Somerset for the past 4 days looking after my parents’ nursery. 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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