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!

We were a bit late for some of the perennials which were finished already, but there was still plenty to see, especially the grasses which were looking fabulous.

Autumn planting at Sussex Prairies Lisa Cox Garden Designs

The great thing about this sort of planting is that many of the perennials and grasses look fabulous in winter too as they keep their shape and form.  You can just about see the faded plumes of the Astilbe above which have now gone brown but still give structure and texture against the other planting.

Sussex Prairies in Autumn Lisa Cox Garden Designs

At this time of  year there’s an autumnal feel to most gardens and I love the way the bronze and red foliage contrasts with the fluffy flower heads of the grasses.

Sussex Prairies garden Lisa Cox Designs

There were various pieces of sculpture around the garden and also places to sit within the planting.

September at Sussex Prairies Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I love the simplicity of the image below with the sculptural beech hedges which form the central vista through the garden from the tea room (see first image above).

Sculpted hedges at Sussex Prairies Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Miscanthus at Sussex Prairies Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Some of the perennials were still looking great too – lots of red and deep purple.

Sussex Prairies in September Lisa Cox Garden Designs

And of course Rudbeckia were also in flower, shining out like a gold beacon – it’s such a brilliant perennial for late colour, I love it!

Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm' at Susses Prairies Lisa Cox Designs

And my favourite grass was Panicum virgatum ‘shenandoah’ with it’s gorgeous deep red and purple foliage and flowers.

Panicum Shenainabah Sussex Prairies Lisa Cox Designs

Sussex Prairies is open from 1pm-5pm everyday except Tuesdays until 12th October. It’s well worth dropping in if you’re in the area.  Time it right and you can treat yourself to a rather good slice of cake in the tea shop too!  Full details about the garden are on the Sussex Prairies website.



Images: Lisa Cox




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

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

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