Wednesday, July 23, 2014

28 Feb

Turn Your Garden Into A Stunning Woodland Garden!

A woodland garden is defined by a flush of early bulbs, trees and perennials

You may have read our article on ‘How to create a cottage garden’ earlier this month. Cottage gardens are perfect for those with a smaller space, but what if you have a large garden? Why not try to create a modern woodland!

If you have the space and want your garden to be focused on nature but not sure how to create the perfect garden? We have the design for you. Imagine a large space full of trees and enormous bluebell drifts in spring. A woodland garden is defined by a flush of early bulbs, trees and perennials.

Ideally, your garden will already have an established canopy of trees. If mature trees cast shade over part of your garden, don’t worry! This is the perfect environment for a woodland garden. Look for plants that aren’t shy in the shade, we recommend spring bulbs and Rhododendrons’ for summer colour in shaded areas.

If you want to create a woodland but have not already established trees in your garden start with Birch or Sorbus trees that will grow quickly, giving you the perfect woodland in a few years. If you want to create a shaded area straight away why not try planting three small trees together. They will restrict each other’s growth slightly, but this may be beneficial, giving you control over how large your new trees will grow.

In early spring your garden will be alive with delicate drifts of flowers. Try naturalising snowdrops, bluebells and crocus. Scatter your bulbs and plant them where they fall, this will give a wonderful woodland feel to your garden.

Use natural looking wood or stone to form paths, water features or when creating architectural curves within your woodland.

Foliage is extremely important, look for soft green fronds and contrasting bold leaves.  By midsummer there will be a mass of green and possibly, little colour interest. Make sure your garden has some architectural structure by planting interesting shrubs and perennials- Phormiums are perfect! Add blocks and drifts to make it more controlled and contrast neighbouring plants for dramatic effect.  

A path will look brilliant in your woodland garden, creating a walkway between beds of blooming bulbs and flowering shrubs. Use natural looking wood or stone to form paths, water features or when creating architectural curves within your woodland.

Have you created the perfect woodland garden? Send us your comments and photographs to gardenersblog@jerseyplantsdirect.com and look out for your published garden!


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