Layered Planting

Layered Plantings and Pond

Layered Plantings Have Textural Impact

2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - Garden Design View original photo.

DK - Garden Design, 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Layered plantings increase the textural impact between pavers and a pond in this intimate garden.

In designer Declan Buckley’s own garden, a rich tapestry of layered planting sits alongside the bold geometry of paving and a pool; the use of reflective water increases textural impact. There is a great sense of contrast here, between the open, light terrace and the narrow pathways.

Materials Needed:

  • Phyllostachys nigra
  • Euonymus japonicus
  • Fatsia japonica
  • Pseudosasa japonica
  • Geranium palmatum
  • Astelia chathamica
  • Buxus sempervirens
  • Cycas revolute

Plant Diagram

Declan says:

After spending many years growing all my plants in pots on a roof terrace, it was a huge relief to have my own garden to plant them in. The site is a long rectangle, overlooked by a row of five-story houses, so bold and layered architectural planting was a necessity, as it helps to screen the site and provides privacy. Conversely, the end wall of my own house is solid glazing, which gives me a dramatic view across the pool and into the luxuriant planting.

Layered Garden Design

Layered Garden Design

2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - Garden Design

DK - Garden Design, 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Black Bamboo Most Sought After Bamboo for Garden

Black Bamboo Most Sought After Bamboo for Garden

2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - Garden Design

DK - Garden Design, 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Japanese Fatsia Grown for Its Outstanding Foliage

Japanese Fatsia Grown for Its Outstanding Foliage

2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - Garden Design

DK - Garden Design, 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Arrow Bamboo as a Privacy Screen

Arrow Bamboo as a Privacy Screen

2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - Garden Design

DK - Garden Design, 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Silver Spear Offers Ornamental Clump Forming Plant

Silver Spear Offers Ornamental Clump Forming Plant

2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - Garden Design

DK - Garden Design, 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Hedge Perfect English Boxwoods

Hedge Perfect English Boxwoods

2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - Garden Design

DK - Garden Design, 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Sago Palm

Sago Palm

2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - Garden Design

DK - Garden Design, 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

English Exotic

In this small garden by Annie Guilfoyle, a mass of oversized and textured exotic planting hovers over a wooden deck.

Sketch Shows Foliage Texture, Shape

Sketch Shows Foliage Texture, Shape

2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - Garden Design

DK - Garden Design, 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Honey Spurge has Honey Scent

Honey Spurge has Honey Scent

2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - Garden Design

DK - Garden Design, 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Soft Shield Fern Brings Softness to Shady Garden

Soft Shield Fern Brings Softness to Shady Garden

2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - Garden Design

DK - Garden Design, 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Tropical Refuge

Raymond Jungles has used large, fleshy leaves to create shade in this Florida Keys garden.

Tropical Refuge Design

Tropical Refuge Design

2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - Garden Design

DK - Garden Design, 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Fiji Fan Palm

Fiji Fan Palm

2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - Garden Design

DK - Garden Design, 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Cohune Palm Most Majestic Tree Found in Nature

Cohune Palm Most Majestic Tree Found in Nature

2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - Garden Design

DK - Garden Design, 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Paradise Flower Garden Climber

Paradise Flower Garden Climber

2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - Garden Design

DK - Garden Design, 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Exotic Pendula Lobster Claw

Exotic Pendula Lobster Claw

2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - Garden Design

DK - Garden Design, 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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