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Calamagrostis…one of my favourite grasses

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

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

It’s architectural, soft, structural, contemporary,  naturalistic and low maintenance, all at the same time!  Planted en-masse it looks spectacular, especially with the sun behind it so that the flower heads catch the light as it moves.

East Horsley Garden Design one year on Lisa Cox

It’s a brilliant grass for small gardens because it’s very well behaved. Its tall and narrow flower stems are strong and grow straight up to between 1-1.5m, depending on the variety.

When the flowers fade in late summer, it takes on a different colour, but the structure and shape remain the same and it can be left over winter, looking fabulous when the frosts arrive.

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When spring arrives again the flower stems can be cut down, ready for the arrival of the fresh new growth.  And then the process starts again.

It’s versatile too – it can be used in formal town gardens and contemporary spaces as well as less formal gardens that have lots of space.

Planting at East Horsley one year on Lisa Cox Garden Designs

East Horsley Garden one year on Lisa Cox Designs

The most common variety is Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ which grows to 1.5m but for smaller gardens I tend to use Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Overdam’ which is slightly shorter at 1-1.2m and also has the added interested of a variegated leaf.

 

(Images: Lisa Cox)

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

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

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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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