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From the drawing board: Finished garden in Chiswick

0 Written by Lisa on 26th Oct 2015 in From the drawing board

Small town garden after planting Lisa Cox Designs

Last week I was back in Surrey and London to plant up my project in Chiswick. I couldn’t have chosen a worse day weather-wise but now that I don’t live up the road, I had to ignore the rain and get on with the task in hand!

You may or may not remember how the garden looked before so here’s  reminder…

Back garden before redesign Lisa Cox Designs

Chiswick garden before redesign Lisa Cx Garden Designs

It was looking pretty tired following a house extension project but the main terrace had already been constructed so the new design was developed around that.

Concept Design Town Garden Chiswick Lisa Cox Designs Concept sketch Back garden Chiswick Lisa Cox Designs

Concept sketch back gdn View Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Although the garden obviously needs some time to fill out, the immediate transformation has been quite dramatic.

Courtyard garden design Lisa Cox

Town garden after planting Lisa Cox Desgns

The shed still needs to be painted black and the bench needs to be ordered to sit on the small section of paving on the right hand side of the garden.

Small town house garden Chiswick Lisa Cox Garden Designs Small garden with Namgrass Lisa Cox Designs

This is the first time I’ve used artificial turf for any of my projects and it needs some time to bed in.  You’ll notice that the images taken looking back towards the house are quite silvery but this is because the turf fibres haven’t sat up properly yet.  When it’s fully dry again it will be brushed with fine sand which will help it look more natural.

When I first trained I was very sceptical about artificial turf, but in small gardens it can be invaluable especially where precious space to keep the mower could be used for something different.  Also, which is the case here, the terrace is quite small so for big gatherings it will allow more entertaining space.

Chiswick garden after planting Lisa Cox

Greek urn in Chiswick garden Lisa Cox Designs

Gardens always look a bit twee when they’ve just been planted but by this time next year everything will have filled out and it will be looking much more natural.  I can’t wait to see how it matures.

The amazing acer at least gives some mature structure to the garden now and it looks fabulous when you walk through the front door and look through to the kitchen.

Chiswick town house garden after planting Lisa Cox Designs

But essentially this garden now feels like an extension of their home and when you stand in the kitchen you feel as though you’re properly connected to the outside.



From the drawing board: New garden for a client in Richmond

0 Written by Lisa on 5th Dec 2014 in From the drawing board

Concept sketch back garden Richmond

I wrote a blog post last week about tackling really small gardens which was triggered by a project I’ve been working on in Richmond. Read more

From the drawing board: Concept sketches for a client in Weybridge

0 Written by Lisa on 14th Oct 2014 in From the drawing board

Concept sketch for Weybridge back garden Lisa Cox Designs

I have recently been working with a client in Weybridge who is now in throws of having a new glass box style garden room built at the back of the house. Read more

From the drawing board: Sutton garden 2 months after planting

4 Written by Lisa on 23rd Jun 2012 in From the drawing board

I went to visit my project in Sutton this week, to check on the planting and see how things are progressing.  I can’t believe how much everything has grown since it was planted in April, it already feels more like a garden. Read more

From the drawing board: Pictures from my Sutton project 3 weeks after planting

2 Written by Lisa on 10th May 2012 in From the drawing board

If you’re a regular reader of my blog then you’ll know that I carried out the planting at my Sutton project a few weeks ago.  It was a long old day as I was on site at 7.30am and didn’t finish until gone 7pm by which time it was not only too dark to take pictures, but all I wanted to do was to get home and have a hot bath. Read more

New plans for my own front garden

2 Written by Lisa on 29th Feb 2012 in From the drawing board

I have been chipping away at “my client” over the past couple of years and I am so excited that finally we are going to do something with our very uninspiring front garden.  It’s really quite small, but we have space for one small car and there is scope to introduce a more attractive area outside the lounge window.  As work will commence at some point in March, I thought you might like to see the plans.  This is how it looks now… Read more

From the Drawing Board: Concept design & sketches for a project in Wimbledon

2 Written by Lisa on 10th Jan 2012 in From the drawing board

Just before Christmas I was commissioned to produce a concept design for the front and back gardens of a small period cottage in Wimbledon.  The house is currently in the process of being renovated and because the back garden can only be accessed through the house, I needed to produce the design quickly so that the work in the garden could be carried out before work to the house moved inside. Read more

From the Drawing Board – Project in Sutton is finished in time for Christmas

2 Written by Lisa on 20th Dec 2011 in From the drawing board

I paid a last visit to my project in Sutton last week as the hard landscaping elements are now finished.  Because it’s a bit late in the season to plant, we have only been able to put the trees in, but the beds have been prepared ready for the rest of the planting to take place in the Spring. I thought I’d share the pictures I took.  This is the front garden… Read more

From the Drawing Board: Concept sketches for a project in Cobham

0 Written by Lisa on 14th Oct 2011 in From the drawing board

I know, I know, I have already showed you a concept design and sketches this week for a garden in Sutton, but I wanted to show you the sketches I put together for a garden in Cobham as it’s a really exciting project and one that has been a little challenging to tie all together. Read more

Ionian Inspiration

0 Written by Lisa on 26th Sep 2011 in Inspiration

I have recently returned from 2 wonderful weeks on the Island of Kefallinia in Greece.  We stayed in a villa in the mountains overlooking the sea and although I feel now that it’s almost becoming a distant memory, I wanted to share with you the pictures I took of some local gardens.  Despite the dry hot weather that generally presents itself from May to end September, some islanders really made an effort. 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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