Highlights from RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

0 Written by Lisa on 22nd May 2019 in Inspiration

I haven’t been to Chelsea for a couple of years so I was really looking forward to this year.  There’s always something there to provide inspiration and, as we’re finally about to embark on creating our garden (at last!), I was on the lookout for ideas that would get the creative juices flowing.

The two standout gardens for me on Main Avenue were the M&G garden, designed by Andy Sturgeon , and The Resilience Garden, designed by Sarah Eberle.  Both designers are seasoned Chelsea exhibitors but I’m sure that doesn’t make the job any easier.

There was a lot of talk before the show about the burnt oak and it definitely made a strong statement.  Black always brings the plants to life and here the texture of the timber was beautiful.  I became a little bit obsessed taking photos of it!

The Resilience Garden was obviously designed to send a strong message about climate change but for me it was the garden that felt most akin to the natural landscape and our garden at home.

I loved all the natural stone and reclaimed materials.  I really want our garden to feel as though it’s always been there.  Sometimes I think as a designer that it’s tempting to make everything perfect, but steps can be as simple as a few rocks bedded into a slope and that would work perfectly at home.

I want our garden to feel quite wild and natural and I think the planting here achieves this effortlessly. The key will be to balance the need for some cultivation near the house with the welsh hills beyond the boundaries.

 

(Images: Lisa Cox)

A trip to Purton Hulks, the ships’ graveyard

0 Written by Lisa on 11th Mar 2019 in Inspiration

It’s been a while since I’ve ventured out with my camera, and indeed had the time to write a blog post, but yesterday we decided to venture over to Purton Hulks in Gloucestershire to visit the Ships’ graveyard. Read more

The Almond Groves of Granada

0 Written by Lisa on 23rd Nov 2018 in Inspiration

Two months ago we were in Spain and I really don’t know how we’ve got to the end of November quite so quickly.  I’ve been rather remiss at writing anything here but, despite the delay, I still wanted to share some of the photos I took whilst we were away. Read more

From the drawing board: A garden for a barn conversion near Llanishen

2 Written by Lisa on 11th Sep 2018 in From the drawing board

Last year I worked with a couple near Llanishen in Monmouthshire to redevelop the garden areas around their beautiful barn conversion.  What sparked their initial call to me was that they’d ordered a hot tub and then didn’t really know where it should be located. Read more

Getting creative with garden wall cladding

0 Written by Lisa on 30th Jul 2018 in Design Tips, Inspiration

I’m working on the detail for a project near Cardiff at the moment and we’re looking at different wall cladding which will enhance the garden and help to zone each area. Read more

Sunsets in South Wales

0 Written by Lisa on 5th Jul 2018 in Inspiration

I was supposed to be planting last week at one of my local projects but the ground is so hard and dry, and the weather so hot, that we have postponed it until we’ve had some rain.  Amazingly we haven’t had a drop here for over 3 weeks.  Even the promised thunder storm seemed to miss us last weekend. Read more

From the drawing board – a new front garden near Monmouth

0 Written by Lisa on 19th Jun 2018 in From the drawing board

I’ve recently been working with a couple near Monmouth who want to make better sense of their front garden.  As with many sites around this area, the garden slopes steeply so I’ve tried to make better sense of the levels to facilitate a much more elegant route to the house and to make it more inviting. Read more

The importance of good bed prep

0 Written by Lisa on 8th Jun 2018 in Design Tips, Plants

If there’s one thing that gets me going it’s when I arrive at site to carry out the planting and I have to pick up a fork because the beds aren’t prepared properly. Read more

Introducing Iron Fire

0 Written by Lisa on 1st May 2018 in Garden accessories, Inspiration

I’ve recently been introduced to Iron Fire, a Wiltshire-based company who use an ancient Japanese technique for preserving wood called Shou Sugi-ban. Read more

From the drawing board – Cheshire garden under construction

0 Written by Lisa on 23rd Mar 2018 in From the drawing board

I’m very excited to be able to share some pictures of my Cheshire project which is well into the construction phase.  You may remember me sharing the design with you some time ago but, if not, here’s a reminder… 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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