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Landscaping your garden

Layering Garden Landscaping

Every home could do with a little more garden landscaping, and that is a good thing. In fact, you should be very excited about the challenges this type of home keeping work represents, as an outlet for your imagination and a very exciting, rewarding hobby. Every garden needs a beautiful lawn to compliment the plant life and colors, for tips on how to grow an outstanding lawn have a look at

If you layer your garden landscaping beds you will be able to add another level of beauty to your landscaping design. Your yard is the first thing that people will see when they come to your house, and being ready to give a grand tour that includes a fabulous garden is always fun and exciting. You will be the talk of the neighborhood, and for all the right reasons, if you do an excellent job.

Layering your garden landscaping layout is easy to do. You need to make knowledgeable choices about the flowers that you are going to plant, however. The choices that you make will affect your options for a master plan. You do not want to have taller plants in front of shorter ones, of course. Make a rough sketch of where each plant will go before you begin. This will streamline your landscaping work, keeping implementation as simple as possible. The work will go faster and you will run into fewer problems if you plan ahead.

When layering a garden you should plan on about three layers. Your back row of plants should face north, if it can, and the back row should have the tallest plants. As the rows descend so should the heights of the plants and flowers. The trick of this kind of garden landscaping is knowing how tall the seedling plants from the store will ultimately be. Talk to experts working at your local gardening store about how large each plants will be. If the front or middle row of your garden landscaping design ends up growing much higher than the last row, you will have to do some rearranging.

The layering effect of your garden landscaping design will add depth to your view and make your garden much more interesting to look at. This will help make your garden landscaping project a success.

Design Your Landscape Like A Pro: Think Layers

Have you ever thought about the difference between a nice, neat looking yard and a breathtaking professionally landscaped one?

One of the secrets the pros bring to landscaping is using layers in their designs. If you have any doubts about that, walk through some of the most exclusive and expensive neighborhoods where you live and really look at the differences between those landscapes and the ones in the more middle-class areas. You’ll notice far more layering with spectacular effects.

You can also look at world-class gardens such as Canada’s Buchart Gardens or the Missouri Botanical Gardens, and again you’ll see the difference. It’s layers!

Of course, there are many more elements to design besides layers of plants, but this is the pivotal one that makes for a spectacular garden and landscape, rather than one that is attractive but somewhat mundane.

In using layers, you’ll find that placing large shrubs in the background or maybe some of the tall slender Italian Cypress-type trees works best. In every part of the design there will be other shorter plants and flowers in front of them.

If you think your small little yard can’t look amazing and get a lot of attention from the neighbors, think again!

One example of a layering plan that could be used in a smaller landscape would be to have the tallest shrubs say, against your back fence, maybe Red-Tipped Photinia or a Privet Hedge with 2-3′ tall cypress-type trees either in front of the hedge or off to the side. Then in front of that could be some Japanese Boxwood, kept to about a 4-6′ height (depending on the height of the hedges in back), and then to compliment the layers, add a statue or birdbath surrounded by smaller shrubs (such as dwarf Youpon Hollies or dwarf Pittosporum, or flowers as an alternative).

Corners are wonderful opportunities for creative landscaping. One of my favorite corners in my own landscape is one between my back gate and the house. I’ve put two 4×6′ pieces of trellis there (one on the fence, the other on the house to make a corner of trellis) and it is covered with lush beautiful ivy. In front of that I placed a birdbath on which I cemented a 20′ angel, and the birdbath is surrounded by small Youpon Hollies flanked by a beautiful hot pink Sage Bush and deep green Lariope. This corner is simple, layered, inexpensive, but striking and very finished looking!

If you have a center-of-yard type garden design, such as flowers or a ground cover around a tree, the same “layering theory” would apply: large plants nearest the tree and smallest at the borders of the planting.

I hope you have found this theory helpful and plan to apply it in your own landscape design. If you use layering in your garden, I think you will see an immediate difference!