Posts Tagged ‘Planning your garden’

Do you really know your garden?

2 Written by Lisa on 27th Jan 2015 in Design Tips

Snowdrops Lisa Cox Garden Designs

We ventured out into the garden yesterday to do a bit of clearing up. The house had been empty for almost a year before we moved in and before that was rented out for a few years so the garden has really been left to its own devices.

Lisa Cox Garden Designs Snowdrops

I hadn’t really thought that there was much in the way of plants, or “garden” to be honest, but once we cleared away the dead foliage we uncovered a few gems and we’re now looking forward to seeing what emerges as the months unfurl.

Although I’m itching to get started with the garden, we do have some more pressing things to tackle inside the house and I also think it’s really important to see your garden through the seasons before you make any big changes.

Emerging snowdrops Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Our new garden is really exposed and so the wind I know will prevent me from growing certain things and will also impact where we want to sit out or indeed where I will incorporate some shelter.

But I’m also unsure right now how much sun certain parts of the garden will get in Midsummer when the sun is at its highest.

Bay tree Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Although I have a good understanding of sun/shade and how buildings and trees will impact the environment, I always encourage input from my clients when I’m taking the brief for a new project as generally they know which part of the garden catches the sun for longest and/or any problem areas that need to be addressed.

If you have a new garden and are itching to make it your own, it will pay dividends to be patient – if you can bear to live with it for a while that is!

Perennial Fern Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Make notes as the seasons change and when you’re outside, experiment with placement of your furniture depending on the time of day.  So, for example, if you like to catch the evening sun, then note which corner of the garden gets the sunshine for the longest in the months when you’re most likely to be able to sit out.

Primrose Lisa Cox Garden Designs

You may not know where to start with the design or layout, but the longer you can spend getting a feel for the space, the easier it will be to create something later and of course to work collaboratively with a professional if that’s what you choose to do.

Some pictures of my own garden

2 Written by Lisa on 16th Apr 2014 in From the drawing board

Our back garden Lisa Cox Designs Leatherhead

I had a client meeting at my house last week and after we’d scheduled the date in the diary I wondered why I’d suggested it as I felt this enormous pressure to make sure the garden was in good shape before she came! Read more

From the drawing board: Concept sketches for a garden in Woking

4 Written by Lisa on 5th Mar 2014 in From the drawing board

Concept sketch The Dutch back garden copy

I have recently started working with a client in Woking who have recently turned an old guesthouse back into a home.  As part of the building project, they carried out some work in the garden but have since realised that it doesn’t feel right and they need help to bring it to life. Read more

Building an extension? Have you thought about the garden?

0 Written by Lisa on 1st Feb 2013 in Design Tips

Over the past year I have worked with a lot of clients who have been tackling house building projects.  Most often I am called in after the work has finished when, inevitably, the garden has been rather trashed. 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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