Have you ever wondered what makes the difference between a nice tidy garden and a gorgeous one with a professional landscape?
One of the unspoken secrets of professionals is the use of layers in their designs. If you have any doubts about it, go to some of the more exclusive and expensive neighborhoods you live in and really notice the differences between those landscapes and those of the more bourgeois areas. Big difference. Right?
You can also see world-famous and world-class gardens such as Canada’s Buchart Gardens or Missouri Botanical Gardens, and you’ll see them there too. They are layers!
Of course, there are many other elements in a design besides the use of plant layers, but this is what creates a spectacular garden and landscape compared to one that is attractive but a little mundane.
Using layers you will find for example large bushes in the background or perhaps some of the tall, thin Italian cypress trees, but in each part of the design there will be other shorter plants and flowers in front of them.
So if you think your little garden can’t look incredibly beautiful and get a lot of attention from the neighbors, think again!
An example that could be used in a smaller landscape and get that lush, beautiful look would be to have taller bushes, for example, against your back fence (perhaps Red-tipped Photinia or a privet hedge with 2- 3 tall trees of the cypress type, either in front of the hedge or on the side, and then in front of it there could be a Japanese box, held at a height of about 4-6 ′ (depending on the height of the hedges in the back ) and then for Complete Layers, perhaps a statue or bird bath surrounded by smaller shrubs (such as the dwarf Youpon Hollies or the dwarf Pittosporum or flowers alternatively).
Corners are wonderful for creative landscaping. One of the favorite corners of my landscape is the one between my back door and the house. I put two pieces of 4×6 trellis there (one on the fence, the other on the house to make a trellis corner) and it’s overgrown with beautiful lush ivy. Opposite is a birdbath where I cemented a 20 “angel, and the birdbath is surrounded by tiny Youpon Hollies flanked by a beautiful hot pink sage bush and a dark green Lariope. Simple, layered, economical, but attractive and with a very refined look.
If you have a central courtyard type garden arrangement, such as flowers or a ground cover around a tree, for example, and you have multiple plants there, the same “tier theory” applies: larger plants closer to the tree and more. small on the edge of the plantation.
I hope you found this theory useful and apply it to your landscape design. I think you will see an immediate difference!