well designed garden bed has the tallest plants to the rear,
followed by the medium sized and then the lowest in the
plants is an integral part of creating your garden. Having
designed your garden and prepared the beds, your selections
will be the next step in the process and this all depends
on the type of garden you have in mind.
According to your choice of garden, be it a formal garden
setting, a simple cottage garden, a flower garden, a mixed
herbaceous garden or any other kind of garden, your selection
of plants will vary.
beautiful Cordyline terminalis and other varieties of cordylines
create an impact in a group planting because of the striking
variations in their leaf colour, shapes, sizes and textures.
In general, the plants must be sun-tolerant and able to withstand
outdoor conditions; and you should know their growth habits
eg, are they tall, shrubby or low-growing?
The individual plants and the way you combine them with others
are what makes the garden interesting and attractive. They
can be grouped with plants with either similar or contrasting,
but complementary colours.
of the Araceae family (Aroid plants), when adapted to sunny
conditions and planted in a group are an attractive sight
in a mixed herbaceous bed.
I often group members of the same family such as aroids (Araceae),
or same genus such as cordyline, because of the striking variations
in their leaf colours, sizes, shapes and textures.
Another reason for group planting is to create an impact,
which an individual plant may not have. Certain plants, especially
annuals such as salvias, should only be planted in this way.
You will also need individual specimen plants that stand out,
or even small, flowering trees to serve as focal points. In
lieu of plants, you can use ornaments such as birdbaths, garden
statuary or even boulders for this purpose.
Before planting, position the main plants and arrange the
others around them. This allows you to see exactly where to
dig the planting holes and how the finished bed would look.
It is easy to plant at this stage, because the entire bed
is made up of loose, freshly mixed soil, so the planting holes
need only be big enough to accommodate the root ball of each
finished garden is always a thing of beauty, and a place for
relaxation, recreation, entertainment and, above all, enjoyment.
When placing the plants, remember that the tall ones go to
the rear. In front of these will come the medium-sized, followed
by the lowest growing plants. Make sure there is sufficient
space between plants for easy access throughout the bed.
To finish the beds, outline them with border plants such as
small flowering perennials, dwarf ferns or small, clumping
foliage plants. Neat edging gives
the bed a finished look and prevents erosion.
Finally, a choice tree or two, and the right amount of garden
furniture and ornaments, strategically placed will give the
garden its distinctive character.
is an attention grabbing focal point that adds elegance and
interest to a garden.
Now, what do happy gardeners do when their garden has reached
this stage? They continue puttering around the garden forever
looking for ways to improve it. Thats what keeps them
Regardless of what stage your garden is now at, you and your
certainly enjoy it this holiday season.