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.

Bluebell wood Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I don’t think there’s much that can beat the sight of an English bluebell wood.  We’re very lucky to have lots here in the South East – you may remember I went on a wildflower photography course in Kent last year and the bluebells there were spectacular.

Bluebell wood White Down Surrey Lisa Cox Garden Designs

English bluebell wood Lisa Cox Garden Designs

This year we went to White Down in the Surrey Hills, you walk just 5 mins from the road and the sea of blue opens out before you.

Blubells at White Down Surrey Lisa Cox Garden Designs

White Down Bluebell Wood Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Bluebells are scented too – even though they weren’t fully out, the perfume in the air was still wonderful.

English bluebells Lisa Cox Garden Designs

English Bluebells in Surrey Lisa Cox Garden Designs

English bluebells at White Down Lisa Cox Garden Designs

But it wasn’t only the bluebells that were on show – the wild Ajuga was in flower too…

Wild ajuga Lisa Cox Garden Designs

And the bracken fronds were starting to unfurl in a very dramatic way…

Unfurling bracken fronds Lisa Cox Garden Designs

The beech trees too were coming to life – I’ve never really noticed the flowers before…

Flowering beech tree Lisa Cox Gardeb Designs

You still have some time to go searching for bluebells.  Winkworth Arboretum is a fabulous place to see them as  is Hatchlands Park, but if you’re a bit more adventurous, there’s plenty to see out in the countryside too.


(Images: Lisa Cox)

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

First signs of spring at RHS Garden Wisley – Part Two

2 Written by Lisa on 14th Mar 2014 in Inspiration, Plants

crocus at RHS Wisley Garden Lisa Cox Designs

On Tuesday I shared some images of RHS Garden Wisley, which is feeling very spring like now.  I took so many images of the spring flowers that I thought I’d share them with you in a separate blog post. Read more

Ilex crenata – a brilliant alternative to Box

0 Written by Lisa on 14th Feb 2014 in Design Tips, Plants

Victorian driveway edging Lisa Cox Garden Designs

If you read my blog on Tuesday then you’ll know that I planted a double hedge in the front garden in North London.  My client was a bit worried about box blight so we decided instead to use Ilex crenata (Japanese Holly) for the low hedge. Read more

Front garden design tips: What about the plants?

6 Written by Lisa on 7th Feb 2014 in Design Tips, Plants

Front garden design London Lisa Cox

This is the last post in my blog series about front gardens.  I hope you’ve found it useful and now feel inspired to tackle your own? Read more

How to plant a tree to ensure successful establishment

0 Written by Lisa on 7th Jan 2014 in Plants

Ferns in an oak tree Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I attended the annual Palmstead Nursery seminar back in September.  It’s one of the events of the year for me because they always have really interesting and expert speakers.  The subject this year was trees and one of the speakers was Tony Kirkham from Kew gardens. Read more

How does your garden grow in winter?

0 Written by Lisa on 20th Dec 2013 in Inspiration, Plants

Sir Harold Hillier Garden

We’re not in the garden very much over the winter months, but it’s still really important that it looks great and has some interest.  I always think winter is the time when you really see the structure of a garden in all its glory because there’s nothing to distract you. Read more

Some more images from Loseley Park Garden

0 Written by Lisa on 4th Nov 2013 in Inspiration, Plants

Heleniums at Hampton Court Palace Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I was looking through some of my images over the weekend and thought I’d share some more from my trip to Loseley Park earlier this year. Read more

Garden Flowers: Aster ‘Mӧnch’…the daisy that flowers for months

2 Written by Lisa on 14th Oct 2013 in Garden Flowers, Plants

Aster frikartii Monch in October Lisa Cox Garden Designs

This month’s Garden Flowers post, which I write with Rona Wheeldon of Flowerona features Aster ‘Mӧnch’. Read more

Feed the birds with autumn berries

0 Written by Lisa on 8th Oct 2013 in Plants

Sorbus Joseph Rock Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I like all the seasons, but autumn has to be my favourite. I particularly love the rich warm colours, especially on sunny days when the sun makes the autumn foliage glow. 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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