A garden is a great way to add an aesthetic and calming element to your home. In order to create the perfect garden for your home, you will want to consider what kind of plants you want in it, how much sun or shade the plants require, and how much water they need.

There are many different ways that you can design your garden. One design technique is layering. A Layered Garden is a garden with layers of plants and flowers. A Layered Garden design technique is the use of different plants and flowers to create a garden that has depth, color, and texture. Layering can mean that there are three layers of plants in a garden: the ground cover, low shrubs and trees, and tall shrubs and trees.

Here are a few design standards that will help you get started with layering:

Replicate: Replication can be used in garden design layering by groupings of plants. It also shows up in design by using similar colors of different plant types.

Size: The size of the plants you use is very important. Another aspect where size comes into play is the size of the garden bed in relation to the rest of the property.

Connection: How does one section of your garden tie into another part? How do different flower beds connect to one another? This is an important variable in planning your layering effects.

Depth: Depth is a key element in any landscape design because it can create the illusion of space, while also adding visual interest to the scene.

  • Lighting: This technique is often used to create shadows and highlights on the surfaces of objects, which helps them appear three-dimensional. Think about where the plants will go and how they will look at different times of the day.
  • Perspective:  Perspective tricks us into believing that objects are closer or further away from us by altering their size and distance.
  • Aerial Perspective: This technique creates an illusion of depth by making distant objects more muted than near ones.

Here are three Proven Winners’ designs using the layering technique. In these examples, plants were based on their size: short, medium, and tall.

  1. Hummingbird Haven – This mix has Salvia, Euphorbia, and Petunias and will certainly attract hummingbirds to your garden. These plants do best in full sun.
  2. Lush, Bold Border - This combination of foliage and flowers includes Angelonia, Gomphrena, and bright green Ipomoea. These plants look great layered in front of perennial grass.  These plants do best in full sun.
  3. Summer Sunglow – This mix of Coleus, Verbena, and Sedum add color and texture to the garden. Grow these plants in part to full sun.

Let us know if you have tried this design technique. 

Photos Courtesy Of Proven Winners.

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