Plants

The power of yellow…do you love to hate it?

0 Written by Lisa on 4th Nov 2014 in Design Tips, Plants

Yellow day lilies at Loseley Park hemerocallis

When I first start to talk to clients about plants, the majority of people say that they don’t want any yellow.  From experience what they actually mean is that there’s a particular plant with a particular tone of yellow that they don’t like or want in the garden.

Golden narcissus at RHS Garden Wisley Lisa Cox

I’m yet to meet someone who doesn’t like the burst of yellow that spring brings, normally in the form of narcissus and other vibrant bulbs.  Likewise when autumn arrives many people don’t like the prospect of the winter to come, but they normally love the warm autumnal tones of the trees and leaves as they turn rich in colour and of course these always contain some sort of yellow pigment.

Jasminum officinale 'Clotted Cream'

Yellow presents itself in many different tones from the subtlest creamy colour of a delicate rose to the strong vibrant and clear yellow of a winter jasmine.  So I ask you, do you really hate yellow?

Rose at Loseley Park Garden Lisa Cox Designs

Yellow is an emotive colour.  It has the power to make you smile and if you’re brave enough to wear it (the right tone for you of course!), you’ll notice that people respond to you in a really positive way…they just can’t help but smile at you!

Sorbus Joseph Rock Lisa Cox Garden Designs

The key to using yellow is to choose a tone that works with the rest of the garden so if you prefer soft blues and whites then you’ll want to choose a soft creamy yellow that works with the other plants.  Lavender and Sisyrinchium, for example, make a wonderful couple!

Sisyrinchium striatum & Lavander - Leatherhead front garden by Lisa Cox

But if you want something with a bit more warmth then look at some of the late-flowering plants such as Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’ which looks wonderful planted with the rich tones of other late perennials the autumnal tones of perennial grasses.

Rudbeckia GoldSturm

So please be brave and introduce some yellow…choose the right tone for you and your garden and you’ll be smiling from ear to ear!

 

(Images: Lisa Cox)

 

 

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

0 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

5 trees that work hard in all seasons

0 Written by Lisa on 21st Oct 2014 in Design Tips, Plants

Autumn colours in Wales Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I love the autumn when the leaves start to turn and the colours become warm and vibrant.  This year it seems to be taking a while to get going, in fact yesterday it was a barmy 20 degrees in Surrey, but there are some signs that the trees are turning. Read more

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! Read more

Calamagrostis…one of my favourite grasses

0 Written by Lisa on 12th Aug 2014 in Garden Flowers, Plants

Contemporary garden design for a modern mews house Sutton 10 `

I love Calamagrostis, or Feather Reed-grass as it’s commonly known, it’s one of my favourite grasses. Read more

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. Read more

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

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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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