A visit to New Wood Trees in Devon

2 Written by Lisa on 9th Feb 2015 in Inspiration, Plants

New Wood Trees Devon Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I went to visit New Wood Trees on Wednesday, a fabulous nursery in Devon specialising in multi-stem trees.  I’ve sourced a few trees from them in the past, but it was great to finally make a trip there to see the extent of their stock and to meet the owner, Philip Nieuwoudt.

Philip Nieuwoudt New Wood Trees Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I love working with people like Philip, so passionate and knowledgeable and brilliant at what he does.  So often trees are grown with clear straight stems and a neat canopy at the top.  This has a lot to do with managing the space required for growing, but I often feel that the character of each tree is a little lost.

New Wood Trees Multi-stem specimens Lisa Cox Garden Designs

At New Wood Trees, everything is grown in the field so each tree is completely individual and has its own character. This is their busy season whilst the root-balled stock is available although they do lift and containerise some of the stock so that there are trees available in the summer.  But if you want to pick out the right tree from the full range of stock, this is the time to do it.

Arctic Beech at New Wood Trees Lisa Cox Designs

The tree in the image above is an Antarctic Beech (Nothofagus antartica), a tree I haven’t come across before.  The bark was amazing in the winter sunshine and I’m very interested in seeing it in the summer when it’s in leaf.

Arctic Beech bark New Wood Trees Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Even if you’re not ready for it just yet, it’s worth taking the time to source it now as it can be lifted, containerised and kept safe ready for planting out later.

I felt very inspired by the time we left and it got the creative juices flowing for my own garden…although I need to be a bit patient there.  Having said that, it will be lovely to be able to plant a tree in a garden where it has the space to breathe, I’m very excited about that!

But Wednesday was mainly about RHS Cardiff for me as I need a special tree for that. Lots of choice and some decisions are now to be made…more details to follow soon on that topic.

I’ll leave you with a few pictures of some multi-stem topiarised box which Philip has been experimenting with.  I think he could be on to something – a new look for the box ball!

Topiarised multi-stem box at New Wood Trees Lisa Cox Designs

Multi stem box topiary New Wood Trees Lisa Cox Designs

There’s a lot more information on the New Wood Trees website, but I can wholeheartedly recommend Philip and his amazing trees!


(Images: Lisa Cox)

The power of yellow…do you love to hate it?

0 Written by Lisa on 4th Nov 2014 in Design Tips, Plants

Yellow day lilies at Loseley Park hemerocallis

When I first start to talk to clients about plants, the majority of people say that they don’t want any yellow.  From experience what they actually mean is that there’s a particular plant with a particular tone of yellow that they don’t like or want in the garden. Read more

Gardening and Landscaping Mission to the Netherlands Part Two…The Nurseries

2 Written by Lisa on 30th Oct 2014 in Inspiration, Plants

Field grown trees at Boomkwekerij Ebben Nursery Holland Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Earlier this week I shared some images of the Villa Augustus hotel.  But today I want to share some photos of some of the fabulous nurseries we visited whilst we were there.  Most of the images were taken on my phone so they’re not really up to scratch, but I hope you enjoy all the same… Read more

5 trees that work hard in all seasons

0 Written by Lisa on 21st Oct 2014 in Design Tips, Plants

Autumn colours in Wales Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I love the autumn when the leaves start to turn and the colours become warm and vibrant.  This year it seems to be taking a while to get going, in fact yesterday it was a barmy 20 degrees in Surrey, but there are some signs that the trees are turning. Read more

A visit to Sussex Prairies

4 Written by Lisa on 9th Sep 2014 in Inspiration, Plants

Sussex Prairies Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I missed a visit to Sussex Prairies a couple of weeks ago so as the weather was lovely at the weekend we decided to pay a visit.  I’ve been wanting to go for ages! Read more

Calamagrostis…one of my favourite grasses

0 Written by Lisa on 12th Aug 2014 in Garden Flowers, Plants

Contemporary garden design for a modern mews house Sutton 10 `

I love Calamagrostis, or Feather Reed-grass as it’s commonly known, it’s one of my favourite grasses. Read more

The June stars of my garden

0 Written by Lisa on 11th Jun 2014 in Plants

Lavandula angustifolia Hidcote Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Hasn’t it been fabulous to spend some time outside over the past week or so.  My garden this year has gone bonkers, I think because until now we’ve had quite a lot of rain.  But there’s lots in flower so I thought I’d share some pictures of the stars of the show at the moment. Read more

More bluebells in the Surrey Hills

0 Written by Lisa on 29th Apr 2014 in Inspiration, Plants

Winkworth Arboretum in April Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I had a frivolous day off yesterday to go walking with a good friend of mine.  We chose a route that would take in some bluebells and we weren’t disappointed.  The walk went from Milford to Godalming in Surrey and took in Winkworth Arboretum as well as many other bluebells woods along the way. I didn’t fancy carrying my SLR around with me, but did take some images with my pocket camera and they’ve come out reasonably well considering. Read more

Searching for bluebells

0 Written by Lisa on 22nd Apr 2014 in Inspiration, Plants

Bluebells in White Down Surrey Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I hope you had a lovely Easter!?  We made the most of the good weather and went in search of bluebells.  They’re out early this year and, although they need a bit more time to be fully at their best, they still looked pretty spectacular. Read more

10 plants waking up in my garden

0 Written by Lisa on 18th Mar 2014 in Plants

Tree peony emerging Lisa Cox Garden Designs

We were in France last weekend and even after just a couple of days away I noticed how much the garden has woken up when we got back. Read more

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