Posts Tagged ‘garden inspiration’

A spring visit to Allt-y-bela

0 Written by Lisa on 31st Mar 2017 in Inspiration

It’s a while since I visited Arne Maynard’s garden with my some of my garden design peers last year, but we were all so inspired last time that we decided to arrange another visit.

The weather was cold and grey which was far from perfect for good photographs, but I hope you’ll still feel inspired and enjoy looking through them.

This time we walked through the recently created woodland garden which they have been taming for a couple of years.  The mass of narcissus were planted a few years back and certainly added some welcome sunshine.

I think it’s good to see gardens when they’re stripped back to the bare bones. You get to see the structure without any distractions.

But Arne’s garden is based on structure anyway and the pieces of topiary are so crucial to the overall feel of the garden.  I love the contrast at this time of year between the brown leaves of the beech and the deep green of the yew and osmanthus domes which were a new addition to the scene.

The warm orange walls of the house I think bring the garden to life.  If it was painted white or cream it just wouldn’t have the same feel about it. Seeing it again has reconfirmed that we need to be a bit bold when we paint our house.

I still love the cobbles everywhere too, something I will incorporating into our own garden when we finally get around to do something.

It just feels right in such a rural setting.  Look how gorgeous the moss is between the stones…

I’ll leave you with this gorgeous combination of colours in terracotta pots at the front of the house.

We have another trip planned for the summer when we hope to see the wildflower meadow in full swing so fingers crossed for better weather so that it makes for better photographs.


(Images: Lisa Cox)


The garden gem that is Dewstow

2 Written by Lisa on 22nd Aug 2016 in Inspiration

Mixed border at Dewstow Garden Lisa Cox Designs

A few weeks ago I made an impromptu visit with my parents to Dewstow Garden near Chepstow.  I’d heard about it a while ago and I was curious to see what it was like. To be honest I didn’t expect to like it, but it couldn’t have surprised me more. Read more

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

From the drawing board: Chiswick garden 6 months on

3 Written by Lisa on 9th Jun 2016 in From the drawing board

Chiswick Garden 6 months on from planting Lisa Cox Designs

It’s 6 months since I planted my project in Chiswick so when I was up in London for the RHS Chelsea Flower show I popped over to see how it’s doing. Read more

RHS Chelsea 2016: My pick of the Artisan Gardens – Part Two

0 Written by Lisa on 26th May 2016 in Inspiration

Papworth Trust Together We Can Gdn RHS Chelsea 2016 Lisa Cox

This afternoon I have two more gardens to share with you.  The first is the Papworth Trust ‘Together We Can’ garden, designed by Peter Eustance. Read more

RHS Chelsea 2016 – The Winton Beauty of Mathematics Garden

0 Written by Lisa on 24th May 2016 in Inspiration

The Beauty of Mathematics Garden RHS Chelsea 2016

As you know, I was really looking forward to seeing The Winton Beauty of Mathematics Garden.  On paper it looked really interesting – it didn’t disappoint. Read more

RHS Chelsea Flower Show – The M&G Garden

0 Written by Lisa on 23rd May 2016 in Inspiration

RHS Chelsea 2016 M&G Garden Lisa Cox

I spent a very inspiring day at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show today.  My feet are still aching, but when I got back and downloaded my photographs, it was clear that the M&G Garden had a struck a chord with me this year as I went back three times! Read more

In search of the last bluebells

0 Written by Lisa on 19th May 2016 in Inspiration

Bluebell wood near Kilgwrrwg Lisa Cox Garden Designs

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RHS Mavern Spring Festival 2015 – The main show gardens

2 Written by Lisa on 12th May 2015 in Inspiration

An Adalusian moment show garden RHS Malvern 2015 Lisa Cox

Yesterday I featured some of the festival gardens at the RHS Malvern Spring festival show which took place last week. Read more

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. 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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