These beds demonstrate matrix planting, which Fox-Whyte used in the garden beds throughout the backyard. It’s a planting method meant to emulate how plants would naturally grow in the wild — layered, mixed and tightly spaced — resulting in a lovely wild look that’s often less maintenance. The beds won’t have to be mulched, because the ground covers act as a natural mulch layer, Fox-Whyte says. This planting bed features lady fern (Athyrium filix-femina), Japanese painted fern (Athyrium niponicum var. pictum), Canadian wild ginger (Asarum canadense), pink false spirea (Astilbe x arendsii ‘Cattleya’), sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum), Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra) and coral bells (Heuchera ‘Silver Gumdrop’). The team installed the plants in a loose wave pattern, with bands of plants extending between the beds to create continuity and tie the space together.