Adding colour to woodland gardens
How to add colour to a woodland garden
If you are looking to create some colour in a woodland garden or border with a heavy tree canopy the GardenAdvice team have a few tips and tricks to keep help produce some colourful displays.
- Flowers: Plant brightly coloured flowers such as azaleas, rhododendrons, and wildflowers that naturally grow in wooded areas.
- Foliage: Choose shrubs and plants with colourful leaves, such as dogwoods, hydrangeas, and heucheras.
- Ground cover: Use colourful ground covers, like ivy or periwinkle, to add a pop of colour to the forest floor.
- Garden Art: Adding colourful garden sculptures, birdhouses, or other decorative elements can bring a bright touch to the woodland garden.
- Lighting: Incorporate low-voltage landscape lighting to highlight colour in your garden at night.
It’s worth focusing on spring colour when planning a woodland garden or shaded border as several plants have evolved to flower before the leaves on the larger deciduous tree come out in the spring to form a dense canopy shading the ground.
A good place to start is to imagine that you are creating 4 levels of planting within the area with each level designed to create a different level of flowering.
The first layer could be made up of quite large shrubs such as –
hamamelis x intermedia
In addition, the second layer in the less shady areas could be made up of plants designed to provide autumn colour such as –
The third layer could be made up of plants that can grow and flower in shade in early spring such as –
skimmia japonica rubella
The fourth layer is the ground floor layer and as well as spring flowers it offers the opportunity to extend the flowering period slightly into summer and autumn with the following plants
Crocus speciosus large autumn crocus