Posts Tagged ‘designs for small spaces’

From the drawing board: A walled garden near Bridgend

0 Written by Lisa on 18th Jan 2018 in From the drawing board

I’ve recently been working with a client in Laleston, near Bridgend.  The house is really old and they’ve spent some time since they brought it a couple of years ago, lovingly restoring it.

Although much of the garden will remain as it is now, there’s a small walled courtyard in the far corner of the garden that has some real potential.

At the moment it’s a bit of a dumping ground so the photographs don’t really show the extent of the space but I hope you can see that it has lots of potential.

The courtyard will be on one level, with stone steps leading up from the main garden.  We want to keep the rustic feel to the space so we’re using flagstone-style paving and cobbles for the main area.

A small traditional water feature will sit against the stone wall, a fountain from a lion’s head sort of affair, into a stone trough.

The idea is to create a sort of secret garden for contemplation and relaxation.  You can’t see it from the house so it won’t be too difficult to make it secret.

The landscaper is due to start there at the beginning of February so I’ll be able to share finished photographs with you relatively soon.  Depending on the weather, we may have to hold off on the planting until Spring-time, but it will most certainly be ready to be used in the summer.


RHS Hampton Court 2016: My pick of the Summer Gardens – Part Two

0 Written by Lisa on 7th Jul 2016 in Inspiration

A Summer Retreat Garden RHS Hampton 2016 Lisa Cox

My pick of the Summer Gardens continues today with three more inspiring spaces.  The first is CCLA’s “A Summer Retreat” which was inspired by the ethos of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Read more

RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2015

0 Written by Lisa on 11th May 2015 in Inspiration

Festival garden Whatley Manor RHS Malvern 2015 Lisa Cox Designs

On Friday we visited the RHS Malvern Spring Festival – it’s one of my more local shows so I was curious to pay a visit.  It has a county show feel about it with lots of local crafts and exhibitors as well as the usual amazing floral and horticultural displays and the show gardens of course. Read more

Big flowerbeds are better

1 Written by Lisa on 2nd Sep 2014 in Design Tips

The Flower Garden at Loseley Lisa Cox Designs

Often when I’m working with clients they are concerned about turning too much of the garden over to planting.  This is especially the case when they want a low maintenance garden.  Although they often become interested, many of my clients don’t start off as very keen gardeners and the reason they want to work with a professional is because they don’t have the first clue about plants and what to do with them. Read more

A great front garden will make you love your home more

0 Written by Lisa on 22nd Oct 2013 in Design Tips, Inspiration

Concept sketch for front garden in Wandsworth

I went to see a potential client in Clapham on Saturday. They live in a beautiful Victorian town house and are slowly restoring its original features. They’re very keen to improve the look and feel of the front garden first, the back garden will come later. 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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