Posts Tagged ‘inspiration’

From the drawing board: Epsom garden finished

0 Written by Lisa on 28th Oct 2016 in From the drawing board


I went back to see my Epsom project last week which, apart from the new shed, is all finished.

This project has been interesting and challenging from many aspects but predominantly because most of the trees on and around the site are covered by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) which restricted our methods of construction and also the scope of the design to some extent.


But, by working with a brilliant landscaper (Scott Hadley) and an Aroboricultural expert (Jon Harper) the resulting garden has worked out brilliantly and it’s now a usable and inspiring space for the whole family.


One of the good parts of being a garden designer is that each project throws up something different that needs research, I’m always learning.  The terrace for this garden has actually been built on a floating foundation so that the roots of the trees are protected from compaction.



The original terrace was set at a much higher level but after thorough investigation, we established that it was actually made-up ground (with all sorts of horrible building rubble) and this allowed us to reduce the height of the new terrace without impacting the trees.

Making sense of the levels was key to creating a garden that felt balanced and structured, whilst still allowing a reasonably sized lawn for the children.


The ground levels around the trees obviously needed to be respected but to make the area at the bottom of the garden more usable, we sourced a rubber mulch material which can be laid over root protection ground on a membrane, without the need for a sub-base.  This is a flexible and permeable material and the space at the bottom of the garden is now a play area for the children.



The challenge of pine trees is that they drop their needles constantly so we needed a material that would be easy to keep clean and allow the children to play without walking mud back into the house.

Here are a couple of pictures of the original garden, just to give you a true sense of how much better it is now.



Now the plants need some time to fill out, but already they’re settling in and these photographs were taken 4 weeks after completion.  I can’t wait to see what it looks like at this time next year, and in the spring when all the bulbs appear.


A few days away in south west Wales

0 Written by Lisa on 20th Sep 2016 in Inspiration


We managed to grab a couple of days away last week in a place called Llansteffan, on the Towy estuary.  We had the most amazing weather and I was very happy to take in the open sandy beaches and big skies which always present themselves in coastal locations. Read more

Super inspiring Allt-y-bela

0 Written by Lisa on 4th Aug 2016 in Inspiration

Allt-y-bela Lisa Cox

I went to visit the garden at Allt-y-bela yesterday, Arne Maynard’s home in Monmouthshire. I can’t tell you just how inspired I feel after a couple of hours in his garden. Read more

From the drawing board: Woking garden 2 years on

0 Written by Lisa on 28th Jul 2016 in From the drawing board

Back garden Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Last week I showed you some pictures from my project in Weybridge which was planted in the autumn last year but today I want to share some photos of the Woking garden I redesigned with my clients 2 years ago. Read more

From the drawing board: My Weybridge project 9 months on

0 Written by Lisa on 20th Jul 2016 in From the drawing board

Contemporary lounge chairs Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Whilst I was visiting RHS Hampton Court Flower Show a couple of weeks ago, I spent a bit of time going back to see some of the gardens that were planted up over the last couple of years. Read more

RHS Hampton 2016 – Some final inspiration

0 Written by Lisa on 9th Jul 2016 in Inspiration

Feelgood front garden RHS Hampton 2016 Lisa Cox

To round of my week of coverage from the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show I thought I’d leave you with a few more snippets of inspiration from around the show. Read more

RHS Hampton 2016: my pick of the Summer Gardens – Part One

0 Written by Lisa on 6th Jul 2016 in Inspiration

RHS Hampton 2016 Summer Garden Bowel Disease UK Lisa Cox

The Summer Gardens at RHS Hampton Court are always some of the most inspiring, I think because they’re smaller gardens.  This year was no exception and I think these were my favourite gardens of the show. Read more

Inspiration from the south of Spain

2 Written by Lisa on 22nd Jun 2016 in Inspiration

The road to Alozaina Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I’ve just got back from a very relaxing break in the south of Spain and to be honest it’s quite nice to be cool again.  Some days the temperature was almost 40 degrees which made exploring the area a bit difficult.  We were staying quite near Ronda in the mountains so it wasn’t such a hardship to be tied to the villa for a few days. Read more

Inspiration from the hedgerow

1 Written by Lisa on 2nd Jun 2016 in Inspiration

Our Welsh lane in early summer Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I get a lot of inspiration from nature and in the aftermath of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the hedgerows along our lane are just stunning at the moment. Read more

RHS Chelsea 2016 – Greening Grey Britain

0 Written by Lisa on 27th May 2016 in Inspiration

RHS Show Feature Chelsea 2016 Lisa Cox

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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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