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Layered Plantings Have Textural Impact DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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 DesignEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Phyllostachys nigra

Black Bamboo Most Sought After Bamboo for GardenEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Fatsia japonica

Japanese Fatsia Grown for Its Outstanding FoliageEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited
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