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Layered Planting

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.

Phyllostachys nigra

Fatsia japonica

Pseudosasa japonica

Astelia chathamica

Buxus sempervirens

Cycas revolute

English Exotic

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

Euphorbia mellifera

Polystichum setiferum

Tropical Refuge

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

Pritchardia pacifica

Attalea cohune

Solanum wendlandii

Heliconia rostrata

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