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Woodland Gardens: A retreat from the heat
Julie Carlson Liles
Keeping your cool in the heat of the summer is a trying task in most places of the country. A retreat to the forest to make your own secret garden can be rewarding in many ways. In general, keep your color palette "cool". As green will be your primary color, incorporate blues, white, silvers and soft yellows. Hostas, ferns, iris, lenten rose and heuchera are easy perennials that require low light. Hydrangeas and azaleas are perfect backdrops to add for the mid-level planting. Tress to try (if you need more trees!!!!) include; dogwoods, redbuds and serviceberry.
Hosta, carex, ferns and heuhera provide texture and color interest to the woodland garden.
A few casual wood chairs nestled amongst the hosta and hydrangeas provide a quiet seating space.
The glow of the chartreuse hosta is played nicely against the blue spruce and soft evergreen of the wooded garden
Rocks & stones define edges and create walls along this woodland garden. Small plants find spots to grow in crevices making this garden designed by nature and man.
A planting made for the transition from home landscape to woodland. Lavender cotton, ferns, low sedum and camellias edge the lawn.
Woodland gardens need not be defined as shaded. Sunny spots can be found in the forest. Use this as an opportunity to use sun-loving perennials such as black-eyed susan, coreopsis and goldenrod. Plant in large masses to provide bursts of warm color along a path.
Woodland garden in the city? Why not! Create your own forest oasis by using the right type of plants and materials. Adding trees for height, shrubs to create the cozy feeling and add some shade loving ferns & hosts and you can make it woodsy in any space. A few well placed stones for a rustic path and some aged wooden chairs add to the wooded ambience.