Kate Cox Garden Design & Consultation

 Life and Beauty For Your Garden

Kate's award winning 2019 show garden at Little Bentley Hall

Family garden, Colchester 2022

Gravel Garden, East Anglia, 2023

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Call: 07577 118255  / 01206 512598

email: katecox360@gmail.com


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Finding inspiration at Chelsea Flower Show 2017

How Can I Help? 


  • Do you have a garden but have no idea how to make it beautiful? Are there unused areas? Problems with access? Would you like to use it all year round? Do you want to start over and make something really special?


  • Do things keep dying? Are there gaps at different times of the year? Kate can advise on plants that can thrive in a variety of challenging areas


  • Do you need help distinguishing between chosen plants and unwanted weeds? Do you want tips on the best ways to deal with the different weeds in your garden?


  • Would you like to learn how to look after your garden? 


  • Do you want to encourage more wildlife? Or discourage certain pests?


  • Do you need help working out what could be achieved with a particular budget?


  • Would you like help choosing the best paving or materials for your garden or thoughts on how and where to site a feature such as a pond, pergola, or seating?


  • Do you want to put your own stamp on a new build garden or improve the kerb appeal of your property or business?


  • Do you need inspiration? 


Kate can help with all these problems and more, bringing life and beauty to your garden through design or consultation. Click here for the Services page


2015 planting design


About Kate


Kate Cox Garden Design and Consultation (Formerly Border Designs) is a business born of a passion for plants and love of good design.


Kate has a Level 3 Diploma in Horticulture from Writtle College where she was named Best Student on the course. She received an award from the Worshipful Company of Gardeners, London, in recognition of this work.


In 2016 she produced a winning garden design for RHS Hyde Hall, judged by Chelsea Gold winner Adam Frost, and won a silver award with her Writtle team at the Olympia Ideal Home Show garden design competition.


Kate is a member of The Gardeners Guild, a Friend of the Society of Garden Designers and in her capacity as a writer, a member of the Garden Media Guild.


She is based in Colchester, Essex and is a regular volunteer at The Beth Chatto Gardens, helping to maintain and propagate the plants in this internationally admired garden. 

2016 Ideal Home Show Garden

2018 planting design

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I'm delighted to have created an award winning show garden at Little Bentley Hall Garden Show this spring 2019


Influenced by my visit to Japan a year ago, with fabric noren doorway curtains and a still reflective pool, surrounded by Trovia UK's Toscana Smoke paving, as the quiet heart of the garden.


The planting is naturalistic with the emphasis on different leaf forms, with a few star flowering plants for impact, many kindly loaned by The Beth Chatto Gardens Nursery. 


Live edge yew and oak benches created by Stuart Simpson Joinery contrast with a playful tiipii swing bed supplied by Fenwick Colchester.


Visitors enjoyed the restful atmosphere created by the garden.

I’m really excited to be one of five business selected to have a week’s trading in Fenwick, Colchester in Spring 2019.


I’ll be in store offering advice on gardening and garden design to customers. Come by and say hello!


I’ll have my diary with me too so you can book an appointment for a design consultation visit, gardening tuition or for me to take a look at any problem areas in your garden to offer suggestions. Watch this space for dates! 

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