Constructing a garden…it gets worse before it gets better!

8 Written by Lisa on 12th Apr 2013 in Design Tips, From the drawing board

If you read my blog regularly then you’ll know that the construction phase has commenced at one of my projects in Leatherhead.  Sods law it rained the minute the garden was stripped out and this means that the conditions on site are now a bit challenging.

Leatherhead Garden under construction Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I always try to manage my clients expectations and this is never more crucial than during the construction phase of a project because it really does get a lot worse before it starts to get better.

The build for this project should last for another 3 weeks and although it doesn’t look more than a pile of mud at the moment, we’re actually on track for planting at the beginning of May.  This particular site is quite sloped so I have been working closely with my landscaper to ensure that the levels will work.

Garden under construction Leatherhead Lisa Cox Garden Design

We’ve had to tweak them a bit because we don’t want to compromise the existing trees that are integral to the design, but it’s all starting to take shape now.

Digging out for new steps Leatherhead garden Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I guess I just wanted to share the glamour of the construction phase of a garden project – it might look like a bomb’s hit it, but in a couple of weeks time when I share the “after” pictures, you’ll wonder what all the fuss was about.  Now I’m keeping everything crossed that the rain stays away…we need a some bright windy days to dry everything out again….please!


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8 Responses to “Constructing a garden…it gets worse before it gets better!”

  1. the garden so far looks really like a bomb’s hit hehehe but I’m sure after transformation will look beautiful. I’m looking forward for more pictures of transformation 🙂 good luck x

  2. Lisa Cox says:

    Indeed! Was drying out when I went to site today but just had a downpour so possibly back to mud pies again! Looking forward to the transformation too 🙂

  3. Tom at Bau says:

    It’s always darkest before the dawn! Looks like a very nice amount of space to play with. Slope toward the rear of the garden gives a more private feel. Look forward to seeing it develop.

  4. Lisa Cox says:

    Thank you! Almost there – just a few more plants to go in and coping on top of the walls and it will be finished. Looking forward to sharing.

  5. Matt Hubert says:

    Thanks for highlighting the phases involved in constructing a new garden. Find it very useful.

  6. Lisa says:

    You’re welcome Matt, it always looks horrendous before the new garden starts to emerge!

  7. aman says:

    Do you have the after photos yet

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