Posts Tagged ‘Monmouthshire’

The Barn Garden near Monmouth

0 Written by Lisa on 22nd Sep 2021 in From the drawing board

I’ve been working with a family in Monmouthshire for around a year now so I thought it would be nice to share a few pictures of the first phase which we planted in the Spring and is now really coming to life.

The Barn Garden sits away from the main house but we wanted to create a a space that could be enjoyed with family and friends in a less formal settting.

When I first arrived at site, the garden looked like this…

As you can see, it was pretty much a blank canvass. The levels were quite challenging as the drop from the barn doors was quite significant and there was also quite a steep slope away from the building in two directions.

The other challenge was that the two sections of the building don’t meet at right angles so the paving layout had to be thought through carefully to make sure it felt coherent and looked balanced.

We planted the garden in the Spring, fortunately just before the challenges that presented with the shortage of plants and it’s quite amazing how well everything has come on in such a short space of time.

I wanted the planting to have a naturalistic feel as it’s situated in a rural location. The seating areas obviously need to look good all year round so there are some evergreen grasses and structural plants but the summer palette of perennials brings a softness and links everything to the surrounding landscape.

The next phase of the project is now underway for the main house and it’s looking great already. There’s a lot to construct with a new swimming pool, formal garden and water rill which will act as a land drain in wet weather and provide interest in dryer summer months. Here’s a snippet of what’s to come…

Jamie Morgan is the local landscaper on this project and he’s been brilliant. Looking forward to working with him for the next stages and on future projects too.

Sunsets in South Wales

0 Written by Lisa on 5th Jul 2018 in Inspiration

I was supposed to be planting last week at one of my local projects but the ground is so hard and dry, and the weather so hot, that we have postponed it until we’ve had some rain.  Amazingly we haven’t had a drop here for over 3 weeks.  Even the promised thunder storm seemed to miss us last weekend. Read more

A Dewy August morning in South Wales

1 Written by Lisa on 11th Sep 2017 in Inspiration

It’s been feeling quite autumnal in South Wales over the past couple of weeks and we’ve had some gorgeous dewy mornings where the light has been catching the water droplets and lighting up the landscape. Read more

Some wild inspiration in my garden

2 Written by Lisa on 22nd Jun 2015 in Inspiration

Wild grasses in Monmouthshire Lisa Cox

Over the last month or so we’ve watched out new garden come to life.  Not because it’s full of plants, but because it’s so wild and hasn’t really been “gardened” for years. Read more

Planting – getting the colour tone right

0 Written by Lisa on 12th Jun 2015 in Design Tips, Plants

RHS Flower Show Cardiff 2015 Lisa Cox A Front Garden for Victoria Park Mazda

When I designed the garden at RHS Flower Show Cardiff I really thought the crowd would be divided about the planting because of the warm and vibrant colours.  But I couldn’t have been more wrong, everyone seemed to love it! 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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