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From the drawing board: Woking garden 2 years on

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

Back garden Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Last week I showed you some pictures from my project in Weybridge which was planted in the autumn last year but today I want to share some photos of the Woking garden I redesigned with my clients 2 years ago.

Rather frustratingly, when I was there 2 weeks ago, I was a bit early for the Helenium and Rudbeckia which were in bud, but not yet in flower. But all the same it was still looking pretty good.

Back garden Woking Lisa Cox Designs

When I first visited this garden, the hard landscaping had been done already as part of the house building project, but it really wasn’t working and despite the investment in some really mature plants, the whole space just didn’t really feel right.

The picture below was taken in winter late in the day but, even so, I think you’ll agree that it’s a much more inviting space now.

Back garden Woking before redesign Lisa Cox Designs

Back garden in Woking Lisa Cox Designs

What I am most proud of with this garden is that I don’t think you’d realise that the hard landscaping was already in place before I arrived.  We just tweaked bits here and there and added a small section to extend one of the pathways.

These small tweaks mean that the garden feels more generous and balanced now and each space is in tune with the house.

Astrantia Lisa Cox garden designs

Back garden Woking 2 years on Lisa Cox Designs

Even the side garden, as I call it, is filling out well.  The mature lime trees on the bank are covered by a TPO so we couldn’t change the ground levels in this area.  It’s always tricky planting under mature trees so I did expect things to take a bit longer to grow, but even this part of the garden is looking good.

Side garden Woking Lisa Cox Designs

Woking garden 2 years on Lisa Cox Designs

Calamagrostis & helenium Lisa Cox Garden Designs

One of the most frustrating parts of my job is having to wait for a few years before the garden is feeling more mature.  But on the plus side, when it’s looked after properly, it’s amazing to go back and see it properly transformed.

I have one more garden to share with you from my recent to trip to Surrey so I’ll do that next time.


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. Read more

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

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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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