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Trees are the bones of your garden

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The basis of garden design is to first create the structure or bones of the garden which then allows the rest of the garden to flow from there.  Trees can be regarded as the bones of your garden because they are the framework, creating shelter from wind and noise, create focal, or feature points in the garden and form the basis of the garden theme.

You may wish to have a formal garden, structured with layers from lawn to the trees.  The backdrop of this garden will be the feature trees that frame the garden area.  Alternatively, an informal garden will be designed with focal points and the balance of planting radiating from there.  A New Zealand garden is an example of this design.

Talk to your local tree nursery about suitable trees for each type of garden design and in particular the garden design you want to achieve.  A good example of a formal garden design is the pleached hedge which is generally the backdrop to lower planting.  A pleached hedge is essentially a "hedge on sticks".  The sticks being the tree stem with a clipped canopy above.  Hornbeam, Portugeuse laurel, Bay laurel, Evergreen Magnolia and many other trees are used for pleaching.

If having a landscape architect design your garden make sure he or she is aware of your design requirements and also ensure they match trees to your section size, design requirements and location of trees on your property.

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