Posts Tagged ‘garden design Leatherhead’

Where did that year go!?

0 Written by Lisa on 31st Dec 2013 in From the drawing board

Christmas tree

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to celebrating the arrival of 2014.  I can’t quite believe just how quickly 2013 flew by but now that I’ve looked back at what happened over the course of the year, it makes complete sense!

What sticks in my mind the most is the barmy weather we had.  Freezing cold temperatures lasting well into spring and then scorching hot sunny days in the summer, it was one extreme to the other and another rather confusing time for nature.

Autumn at RHS Garden Wisley Lisa Cox Designs

The leaves were very late to arrive but we were well into December before they fell and if we hadn’t seen stormy weather over the past couple of weeks, I wonder whether there would have been leaves on the trees over Christmas!

View of deck from under willow tree Lisa Cox Garden Designs Surrey

2013 was a great year for me and I saw the completion of five projects ranging from a town garden in Walton-on-Thames to a large informal garden in East Horsley.

Barlow Tyrie lounger East Horsley Garden Design Lisa Cox

All the projects had their challenges, mostly caused by the weather I might add, but I’m thrilled with the end result of each and my clients thankfully are too.

But 2013 wasn’t all about work.  I finally got to see Rome (my delayed 40th birthday present!) which was absolutely everything I thought it would be and more.

Walls in the Colosseum in Rome by Lisa Cox

I studied Ancient History once upon a time so it was wonderful to see some of the monuments I had written essays about.  The Forum and Colosseum for me were the highlights but I’d love to go back again and see the things we didn’t have time to see.

The Telegraph Gdn at Chelsea Flower Show 2013

Another highlight was being able to visit the RHS Chelsea Flower Show on press day again.  I don’t take this for granted at all, not everyone gets to see the show before it officially opens to the public.

M&G Garden by Roger Platts Chelsea 2013

I love getting there really early when all the exhibitors are putting the final touches to their gardens and displays, there’s a real buzz in the air.

Bluebell by Lisa Cox for The Room Outside

Photography has also played a part in making 2013 a very enjoyable year.  I love the fact that writing The Room Outside gives me a reason to get out with my camera regularly.

Bluebell wood in Kent - Monet effect - Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Cowslips taken with wide angle lense Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Particular highlights of the year include a day with Robert Canis taking pictures of wildflowers in the Kent countryside and the other of course has to be winning the Loseley Park photography competition!

Cephalaria gigantea at Loseley Park Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I hope when you reflect on what’s happened to you over the last year that it brings you good memories too and that 2014 brings you much happiness and success, whatever you do.


Happy New Year!



From the drawing board: A big transformation to a garden in Leatherhead

6 Written by Lisa on 17th Sep 2013 in From the drawing board

Seating are on hardwood deck Leatherhead garden design lisa cox

I’ve been dying to share the pictures of my Leatherhead project with you.  It’s been quite a while since the construction took place, but every time I’ve had an opportunity to take some photos, it’s just been too bright.
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From the drawing board: My own front garden one year on…

2 Written by Lisa on 1st Jul 2013 in From the drawing board

Sisyrinchium striatum & Lavander - Leatherhead front garden by Lisa Cox

We finally got around to doing some work in our own garden this weekend.  The sunshine and warmth helped to get the motivation going and we spent a bit of time in the front, weeding and moving a couple of things around. Read more

What’s involved in the preparation of a landscaper’s quote

4 Written by Lisa on 24th Apr 2013 in Design Tips

Box topiary and stone bench in Box, Wiltshire

I spoke with one of my landscapers this afternoon because I’ve just sent over the drawings for my project near Muswell Hill.  He can’t get started on his quote until next week because he’s working on a tender for a large job in London and this will take him the majority of the week to pull together. Read more

It’s tough out there in the horticultural world

2 Written by Lisa on 18th Apr 2013 in Plants

Seed trays & plug plants at Orchard Dene Nursery

As some of you may know, my parents have a nursery in Somerset.  They specialise in growing hardy perennials but they also sell shrubs, trees and some seasonal bedding such as primulas and violas. Read more

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

Leatherhead Garden under construction Lisa Cox Garden Designs

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. Read more

From the Drawing Board: Construction has started at my project in Leatherhead

2 Written by Lisa on 5th Apr 2013 in From the drawing board

Existing Leatherhead garden - view towards willow tree

The construction phase started at my Leatherhead project on Tuesday.  I’m really excited about this project because it’s quite a sloped site and the new design will make it much more usable.  The clearance work has almost been completed and the machinery arrived yesterday so work will start today setting the new levels. Read more

From the drawing board: Three concept designs for a local residents’ association

0 Written by Lisa on 5th Feb 2013 in From the drawing board

Last week I presented three different concept designs to a residents association in Leatherhead who are looking to improve the entrance to their estate.  The area in question is a large grass verge area which is currently quite overgrown. Read more

From the drawing board: Planting design for a client in Leatherhead

2 Written by Lisa on 25th Jan 2013 in From the drawing board

I presented the planting design and construction costs to my client in Leatherhead last week and we should be all ready to start the build phase of the project in March. Read more

From the Drawing Board: The final drawings for my client in Leatherhead

0 Written by Lisa on 20th Nov 2012 in From the drawing board

You may remember me blogging about this project in Leatherhead a couple of months ago but I thought it would be nice to share the final designs with you too. 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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