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Layered Planting

Excerpted from Garden Design
Layered Plantings Increases Textural Impact Simple Steps: Vegetable Gardening ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

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.

Garden Design for Layer PlantingsSimple Steps: Vegetable Gardening ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

Phyllostachys nigra

Black Bamboo Most Sought After Bamboo for GardenSimple Steps: Vegetable Gardening ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

Fatsia japonica

Japanese Fatsia Grown for Its Outstanding FoliageSimple Steps: Vegetable Gardening ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

Pseudosasa japonica

Arrow Bamboo is One of Best for Privacy ScreensSimple Steps: Vegetable Gardening ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

Astelia chathamica

Silver Spear is Ornamental Clump Forming PlantSimple Steps: Vegetable Gardening ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

Buxus sempervirens

English Boxwood Prunes Well for Use as a HedgeSimple Steps: Vegetable Gardening ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

Cycas revolute

Sago Palm Demands Attention in Every SettingSimple Steps: Vegetable Gardening ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

English Exotic

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

Design for English Exotic Foliage GardenSimple Steps: Vegetable Gardening ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

Euphorbia mellifera

Honey Spurge has Honey Like Scent When CutSimple Steps: Vegetable Gardening ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

Polystichum setiferum

Soft Shield Fern Brings Softness to Shady GardenSimple Steps: Vegetable Gardening ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

Tropical Refuge

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

Garden Design for Tropical RefugeSimple Steps: Vegetable Gardening ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

Pritchardia pacifica

Fiji Fan Palm is Quick Growing Palm for GardenSimple Steps: Vegetable Gardening ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

Attalea cohune

Cohune Palm Most Majestic Tree Found in NatureSimple Steps: Vegetable Gardening ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

Solanum wendlandii

Paradise Flower is Spreading Climber for GardenSimple Steps: Vegetable Gardening ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

Heliconia rostrata

Pendula Lobster Claw Creates Exotic Show in GardenSimple Steps: Vegetable Gardening ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

Excerpted from Garden Design

©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

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