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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.

Allt-y-bela house Lisa Cox

Allt-y-bela courtyard garden Lisa Cox

I knew I’d like it, but it was so much more than I expected. I took lots of photographs, and I couldn’t possibly share them all with you in one blog post, but somehow you need to go there to get a real sense of the garden and how brilliantly it connects to the surrounding landscape.

Medieval house Allt-y-bela Lisa Cox

Wooden bench at Alt-y-bela Lisa Cox

The cobbles and stone work for me were stunning – I’ve already been thinking about a cobbled driveway at the front of our house and I’m now completely convinced that it will be the perfect material for the setting.

I particularly loved the mix of cobbles and flagstones. The cobbles at the front of the house are original, but many areas have been added as the garden has developed.

Gorgeous cobbles & steps at Allt-y-bela Lisa Cox

Cobbles & stone walls Allt-y-bela Lisa Cox

The view from the Garden theatre shows the front of the house and main areas of the garden.

View from the theatre at Allt-y-bela Lisa Cox

Tower at Allt-y-bela Lisa Cox

Some would say the terracotta painted walls are quite daring, but somehow they just felt right with the setting and the style and age of the house. I’m no sure this is the right colour for our house, sat up high on the hill, but I do want to be a it braver with the colour we choose – cream feels just a little bit boring!

I loved the contrast between the pale blue agapanthus and the rich terracotta walls – in the world of colour psychology  seasons, these shouldn’t really work, but I thought they looked fab!

Agapanthus against terracotta wall Allt-y-bela Lisa Cox

The balance of the garden for me was perfect.  Even if you don’t like topiary, I don’t think you’d disagree. They gave the garden structure and contrasted perfectly with the wild meadow areas that perfectly linked the garden to the surrounding farmland.

View from the back of Allt-y-bela Lisa Cox

Vista at Allt-y-bela Lisa Cox

Design Studio at Allt-y-bela Lisa Cox

Back of Allt-y-bela Lisa Cox

Actually, there weren’t many flowers in the garden at all, but that may be partly because the wildflower meadow is about to be cut back.  I understand there is a spectacular sea of bulbs in the spring – I’d love to see that.

Lone chair under a tree Allt-y-bela Lisa Cox

Theatre garden Allt-y-bela Lisa Cox

Theatre at Allt-y-bela Lisa Cox

The curves tiered theatre walls have given me some ideas for my own garden and the project I’m working on in Cheshire.

Pathway through wild meadow Allt-y-bela Lisa Cox

Other than the cutting garden of course which was full to the brim with interesting flowers…

View from the cutting garden Allt-y-bela Lisa Cox

And the odd pot here and there…

Gorgeous stone work Allt-y-bela Lisa Cox

This is a garden that’s a journey to.  I’m lucky that I live just up the road, but if you’re ever venturing to Wales, why not stay in one of the B&B rooms there ( Sometimes I understand, if Arne’s away, you have the house and garden pretty much to yourself!


(Images: Lisa Cox)




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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A visit to Raglan Castle with my camera

0 Written by Lisa on 7th Apr 2016 in Inspiration

Raglan Castle Lisa Cox Designs

I remember going to Raglan Castle when I was little.  We always spent some of our holidays on a farm near Brecon so we stopped en route I suspect.  We used to love it, feeding the orphan lambs and helping when it was shearing time. Read more

The importance of being inspired

6 Written by Lisa on 5th Jan 2016 in Inspiration

Pot of gold in Kilgwrrwg valley Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Happy New Year!

Pot of gold in Kilgwrrwg valley Lisa Cox Garden Designs

On this day last year, we packed up our house in Surrey and started our move to South Wales.  We shed a tear when we locked up the house, but since we moved into our new home on 7th January it’s been pretty fabulous and we love being here. Read more

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