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To achieve the captivating look of a modern layered garden, the key is to create a luscious yet carefully ordered display of plants maintained at increasing heights from front to back. Begin by planting groundcovers, followed by low hedges, then step up to medium hedges, and finally, complete the arrangement with pleached or tall hedges/screens at the back. For added depth and contrast in heights, incorporate retaining walls into the layered design.

The plants in this category here are not the only ones you can use to create a modern layered style garden, just our favourites. For more inspiration and examples of this style of garden, check out our Pinterest board.

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To maintain an uncluttered feel, opt for a minimal number of plant species in each vista while introducing subtle contrasts in textures and shades of green. While coloured foliage and flowers can be used sparingly, the emphasis is best placed on maintaining a simple and predominantly green style, as the real interest lies in the integration of contrasting layers.

To get a truly lush appearance, grow climbing plants like ‘Boston Ivy‘ or ‘Climbing Ficus‘ on these retaining walls. Pairing a low hedge in front of the foliage-covered wall and a tall hedge behind it will create an illusion of a larger and deeper garden space.


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