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From the drawing board: Concept design for a challenging garden near Camberley

0 Written by Lisa on 28th Nov 2016 in From the drawing board

I have recently been working with a client near Camberley who has a very challenging garden. She contacted me a few months ago with some pictures of the site and it became clear very quickly why she didn’t really know what to do.

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The garden is pretty much full with mature trees, three of which are Sequoia (Redwood). The others are pines and oaks and the whole site is subject to a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) which means that the trees are protected.

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The main challenge is the soil which is starved of water and nutrients. This isn’t surprising of course, with mature trees, but it’s been a challenge to get anything to grow or even to fork over the beds in the first place.

What’s adding to the challenge is the issue of compacted ground. Actually, the house was built within the last 25 years so I’m quite surprised that the development was permitted so close to the trees in the first place.

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There are ways to improve the soil around mature trees and we’ve discussed the possibility of decompacting the ground using a piece of machinery called an air spade.  This piece of kit uses compressed air to aerate the soil without causing damage to the roots.

The other consideration is to use plants that can tolerate difficult situations.  Planting under mature trees is always going to be tricky, but it should be possible to grow something.

I’ve had some success with planting under a mature oak before.  We used smaller 9cm plants because the soil was quite shallow and planted more per m2 than we would have normally done. Actually sometimes it allows you to grow species that would otherwise be a bit invasive!

So here is the concept design for the site and a few sketch views.  Essentially I think we need to maximise the small area of the garden near the house which is furthest from the trees. That way, even if we’re not fully successful with growing plants throughout the garden, there will be an area that looks and feels lush and green.

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I am proposing that the terrace is reduced in size a little to allow for some planting against the house wall.

I’ve also introduced some beds to separate the terrace from the lawn area. This will give it more depth and allow for more planting near the house.

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We agreed from the start that the areas under the trees should have a woodland feel – to be honest, it wouldn’t really make sense to do anything different.

The boundaries could do with a little bit of screening so we’ve talked about some robust shrubs such as Fatsia japonica which is tolerant of dry shade, but the majority of the planting will be low with bark pathways throughout.

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In order to spread the cost, the garden will be implemented in phases, but at least there is a master plan in place and an end goal in sight. I’m looking forward to hearing about the progress as and when it happens.

 

From the drawing board: Concept design for a large family garden in Hurley

0 Written by Lisa on 18th Nov 2016 in From the drawing board

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I’ve recently been working with a family in Hurley who are keen to make more of their large garden.  Although it’s relatively flat, it’s a little tricky because the house is positioned over to one side of the plot and is at an awkward angle. Read more

From the drawing board: Concept design & sketches for a client in Milan

0 Written by Lisa on 23rd Mar 2016 in From the drawing board

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I’ve recently been working with a client in Milan who wanted some help to transform her small and tricky courtyard garden.  To add to the challenges of the site, she lives in a conservation area and this means that she’s not allowed to construct anything that will involve excavation or concrete. Read more

From the drawing board: Concept design & sketches for a garden in Elstree

0 Written by Lisa on 22nd Sep 2015 in From the drawing board

Concept Design Elstree Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I have recently been working with a couple in Elstree in Hertfordshire who are trying to make more of their garden and wanted some help to get started. Read more

From the drawing board: Concept design & sketches for client in Epsom Downs

2 Written by Lisa on 19th Sep 2014 in From the drawing board

Potager garden concept sketch Epsom Lisa Cox Designs

I’ve recently been working with a client in Epsom Downs who wanted to design a potager area at the bottom of the garden to accommodate her new greenhouse, existing summerhouse and also to create an attractive space where they can sit and take in the evening sunshine. Read more

From the drawing board: A garden for relaxation 2 years on

0 Written by Lisa on 29th Jul 2014 in From the drawing board

Covered seating area Twickenham Garden Lisa Cox Designs

We went over to Twickenham at the weekend for a BBQ with some friends, Rob and Sarah.  2 years ago I helped them to create their garden so it was great to see how it’s filled out and matured since it was planted. Read more

From the drawing board: Concept design & sketches for a client in Ashtead

0 Written by Lisa on 25th Jul 2014 in From the drawing board

Concept Design Ashtead Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I have recently been working with a client in Ashtead who is about to embark on a house renovation project.  They recognised that they also require a plan for the garden as the existing terrace has to be lifted to accommodate the new extension. Read more

From the drawing board: Concept design and sketches for a client in Walton-on-Thames

0 Written by Lisa on 14th Dec 2012 in From the drawing board

I presented the concept design to a client in Walton-on-Thames last week and I am now working on the final drawings so that we can go out to tender for the build phase of the project. Read more

From the Drawing Board: The final drawings for my client in Leatherhead

0 Written by Lisa on 20th Nov 2012 in From the drawing board

You may remember me blogging about this project in Leatherhead a couple of months ago but I thought it would be nice to share the final designs with you too. Read more

Helping us make our ideas a reality: our Garden Designer in your Home experience

2 Written by Lisa on 26th Oct 2012 in From the drawing board

Hello! And thank you very much for welcoming me to the blog today. Read more

Lisa Cox Welcome

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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