Posts Tagged ‘inspiration’

From the drawing board: My Weybridge project 9 months on

0 Written by Lisa on 20th Jul 2016 in From the drawing board

Contemporary lounge chairs Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Whilst I was visiting RHS Hampton Court Flower Show a couple of weeks ago, I spent a bit of time going back to see some of the gardens that were planted up over the last couple of years.

Weybridge garden 9 months after planting Lisa Cox

My first stop was Weybridge, which was planted in early October last year.  In just 9 months, the planting’s already filled out and it’s feeling like a proper garden.

This garden was a long time in the making, predominantly due a very challenging and stressful house building project which held things up, so it’s lovely to see a space that my clients now love and absolutely want to spend time in.

Planting in Weybridge garden 9 months on Lisa Cox Designs

Penstemon Raven Lisa Cox Garden Designs

The last of the lounge furniture is on order so I will pop back again when that arrives to take some pictures, but even so, I’m really pleased with how that garden is progressing.

Olive trees by main terrace Lisa Cox Garden Designs

What’s amazing is that when I first went to see the garden a couple of years ago, the wall above was one of the garage walls.  The decision to remove the garage and utilise the space has made all the difference to how the whole space flows and relates back to the house.

Main terrace area Lisa Cox Garden Designs

The soil here is really sandy so the plants have been chosen to cope with the lack of water over the summer which was perfect for the Mediterranean style that my clients love.

The olive trees have definitely been a success and once the fences are covered with the climbers, the walled section of the garden will feel much more a space in its own right.

Allium seed heads Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Sadly we’ve lost a couple of the large shrubs we moved, which sometimes happens when you try to re-home mature specimens, but the trachycarpus is hanging in there – it was such a monster to dig out that we’ve all been keeping our fingers crossed!

Main seating area with trachycarpus Lisa Cox Designs

Lounge seating area Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I’m looking forward to seeing how the garden develops over the next couple of years.


(Images: Lisa Cox)


RHS Hampton 2016 – Some final inspiration

0 Written by Lisa on 9th Jul 2016 in Inspiration

Feelgood front garden RHS Hampton 2016 Lisa Cox

To round of my week of coverage from the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show I thought I’d leave you with a few more snippets of inspiration from around the show. Read more

RHS Hampton 2016: my pick of the Summer Gardens – Part One

0 Written by Lisa on 6th Jul 2016 in Inspiration

RHS Hampton 2016 Summer Garden Bowel Disease UK Lisa Cox

The Summer Gardens at RHS Hampton Court are always some of the most inspiring, I think because they’re smaller gardens.  This year was no exception and I think these were my favourite gardens of the show. Read more

Inspiration from the south of Spain

2 Written by Lisa on 22nd Jun 2016 in Inspiration

The road to Alozaina Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I’ve just got back from a very relaxing break in the south of Spain and to be honest it’s quite nice to be cool again.  Some days the temperature was almost 40 degrees which made exploring the area a bit difficult.  We were staying quite near Ronda in the mountains so it wasn’t such a hardship to be tied to the villa for a few days. Read more

Inspiration from the hedgerow

1 Written by Lisa on 2nd Jun 2016 in Inspiration

Our Welsh lane in early summer Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I get a lot of inspiration from nature and in the aftermath of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the hedgerows along our lane are just stunning at the moment. Read more

RHS Chelsea 2016 – Greening Grey Britain

0 Written by Lisa on 27th May 2016 in Inspiration

RHS Show Feature Chelsea 2016 Lisa Cox

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A visit to Raglan Castle with my camera

0 Written by Lisa on 7th Apr 2016 in Inspiration

Raglan Castle Lisa Cox Designs

I remember going to Raglan Castle when I was little.  We always spent some of our holidays on a farm near Brecon so we stopped en route I suspect.  We used to love it, feeding the orphan lambs and helping when it was shearing time. Read more

The importance of being inspired

6 Written by Lisa on 5th Jan 2016 in Inspiration

Pot of gold in Kilgwrrwg valley Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Happy New Year!

Pot of gold in Kilgwrrwg valley Lisa Cox Garden Designs

On this day last year, we packed up our house in Surrey and started our move to South Wales.  We shed a tear when we locked up the house, but since we moved into our new home on 7th January it’s been pretty fabulous and we love being here. Read more

Some wild inspiration in my garden

2 Written by Lisa on 22nd Jun 2015 in Inspiration

Wild grasses in Monmouthshire Lisa Cox

Over the last month or so we’ve watched out new garden come to life.  Not because it’s full of plants, but because it’s so wild and hasn’t really been “gardened” for years. Read more

A trip to Box Hill at Dawn – Part One

0 Written by Lisa on 10th Dec 2014 in Inspiration

Golden sunrise over from Box Hill Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Last Saturday, as it was forecast to be a bright and frosty morning, I got up really early and went to Box Hill to take some photographs. 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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