After reading dozens of encyclopedia-sized books, scouring the web day and night and a whole lot of trial and error, I’ve poured everything I know about landscape layering into to a beautifully designed & illustrated 100+ page eBook.
I will teach you step-by-step everything you need to know to create structure, layering and interest in your garden for all four seasons.
- Get a crash-course in gardening basics so your plants will survive and thrive.
- Improve your design with garden styles & theme ideas to make your space unique.
- Discover the key to amazing garden color schemes & borrow the examples for your own garden.
- Learn how to use the layers of the Planting Pyramid for a successful mixed border.
- Get tips & tricks guides and plant lists to make the entire process easy peasy.
- Master your mixed border with an 8-step illustrated guide and mastery checklist.
- Snag the pro list of plant research resources that make choosing the RIGHT plants simple & fun!
If you love flowers and nature, landscape gardening can be an incredibly exciting and rewarding hobby. But, the majority of us are in the dark about how to make a landscape come together.
Trust me… it’s not your fault!
It seems all that gardening magazines and websites have to offer are lists of beautiful plants. Longgggg lists. Of beautiful, singular plants. Plants that typically:
- are too fragile to survive in the conditions where you live
- bloom for a short week before they drop all their leaves for the year
- are impossible to find at your local nursery
The truth is that most articles offer very little help to weekend hobby gardeners. Even when you end up finding an easy-to-grow plant that works — where do you put it? What do you put under it? Around it? Behind it? In front of it (if that’s even a thing)????
Why is it that no one explains exactly how to design a pretty landscape? One that blooms all year rather than for a week? One that never ends up looking empty, desolate… amateurish!
If you’re anything like me, you’ve walked through your neighborhood pointing out the beautifully designed landscapes thinking… “I wish I had the money to hire a professional landscaper, too.”
Why do we think, that without a professional, our gardening efforts will never pay off? Why do we accept that our curb appeal will forever remain a barren, lifeless mess of dirt and weeds?
We do accept it.
We let out a deep, regretful sigh, hopelessly throw up our arms and say, “I guess I just don’t have a green thumb.”
But that’s totally NOT true. There’s no magic thumb color that makes you good or bad at landscape gardening. Your landscape can be beautiful, colorful and lively all year round. You don’t need a professional, a “green thumb” or a magic wand to make it happen. All you need is a plan.
I struggled with “landscape envy” for a long time. I’ve read so many books. Big, encyclopedia sized landscaping books for professionals while taking vigorous notes in the margins. I’ve talked to arborists, buildings and grounds crews and unsuspecting neighbors about landscape gardening. And with this info, I’ve poured all I know into this clear and easy-to-follow eBook, Designing Landscape Layers.
“I love this book and my only sadness is that I had never seen it before I tackled my square, untouched garden. I have spent a lot of money and time over a 3 year period and I just wish I had seen your book before I started………it is great and I have a lot of work ahead, undoing, where possible, my mistakes.”Mrs Angela Liddell, London, UK
“I love this e-book. I appreciated all the tips, tricks, design ideas and other thorough information it covers. We have heavy clay and lots of rocks which makes gardening hard work, so I especially loved the information on raised beds without digging.”-Leesa, Tasmania, Australia (Zone 9)
“Really helpful! Easy to understand and put into practice. So glad I read this before starting to run amuck with confusion, indecision and exorbitance. There is an area on my property that is a disaster, but thanks to some really good tech and tips now I know how I can handle it harmoniously. Thanks!”Karen Evans, Gendale CA (Zone 9)
“I enjoyed ur download. I have been playing in the dirt since 2010. I love all seasons. We just moved and our home has basically no landscaping. Hubby and I have a foundation plan now I just need to add the finishing touches and ur info will help.”-Siobahn
Table of Contents
- Designing Your Dream Landscape 5
- What We’ll Cover 6
- Gardening Basics 7
- Your Hardiness Zone 7
- Right Plant, Right Place 9
- Identify Plants Just by Looking at Them 10
- What Latin Names Tell You About Plants 11
- Prep Your Layered Garden Beds 12
- Gardening Tools 14
- Planting Your First Plant 15
- When to Plant a Plant 16
- Planning Your Layered Landscape 18
- What is Landscape Layering? 18
- Garden Styles 20
- Traditional Garden Style 20
- Elements of Traditional Gardens 21
- Plants for Traditional Gardens 22
- Modern/Contemporary Garden Style 22
- Elements of Modern/Contemporary Gardens 23
- Plants For Modern/Contemporary Gardens 24
- Cottage Garden Style 25
- Elements of Cottage Gardens 26
- Plants For Cottage Gardens 27
- Natural Garden Style 28
- Elements of Natural Gardens 29
- Plants For Natural Gardens 30
- Mixing Garden Styles 30
- Garden Themes 31
- Why Choose a Theme? 31
- Color Schemes 32
- Colors & Their Meanings 32
- Relaxing & Calm Colors 34
- Vibrant & Energizing Colors 34
- Add Excitement To Your Color Scheme 35
- Define Your Garden Style, Theme & Color Scheme 37
- Plant Research 38
- Identify Plants in the Wild (Phone Apps) 39
- Research Plants For Your Garden (Online Plant Databases) 40
- Specialty Research Resources 40
- Landscape Layering: Step-By-Step 42
- Layers of the Planting Pyramid 45
- Layer 1: Ornamental Trees 48
- Tips for Choosing Trees 49
- Small Ornamental Trees for Mixed Borders 50
- Layer 2: Evergreen Shrubs 51
- Beautiful Backdrop, Essential Backbone 52
- Backdrops Don’t Have To Be Boring 53
- Evergreens Create “Living” Structure 54
- Using Evergreens in a Mixed Border 55
- Tips for Choosing Evergreen Shrubs 55
- Evergreen Shrubs For Mixed Borders 56
- Layer 3: Deciduous Shrubs 57
- Tips for Choosing Deciduous Shrubs 60
- Deciduous Shrubs with Multi-Season Interest 61
- Layer 4: Perennial Plants, Flowers & Grasses 63
- Tips for Choosing Perennials 65
- Perennial Plants & Flowers For Mixed Borders 66
- Ornamental Grasses For Mixed Borders 66
- Layer 5: Vines & Groundcovers 67
- Tips for Choosing Vines & Groundcovers 69
- Vines for Mixed Borders 70
- Groundcovers for Mixed Borders 70
- Design Principles For Layered Landscapes 72
- Structure: The Bones of Your Garden 72
- Lack of Structure & What To Do About It 72
- Structure Homework 74
- Structure Exercise Example 75
- Repetition 76
- Scale 82
- Balance 82
- Unity & Flow 84
- Layering Tips and Tricks 88
- Use Personal Items To Inspire Colors For Your Outdoor Space 88
- Strive For Multi-Season Interest 88
- Vary the Shape, Size & Heights of Plants 89
- Hide Views 91
- Incorporate Focal Points 92
- Lay Out Your Design 94
- How to Arrange Plants in Garden Beds 94
- How To Make Plant Combinations 96
- Bloom Sequencing 96
- Why Bloom Sequencing is Difficult to Achieve in the Home Landscape 97
- Bloom Sequencing Tips 97
- Color Combinations 97
- Take cues from your clothes and your home decor. 98
- Decide on the energy of your garden. 98
- Choose one color at first. 100
- Hone your garden over time. 100
- Texture 101
- Layering Tips For Beautiful Borders 103
- Master the Mixed Border Checklist 104
- What’s Next? 105
- About the Author 106
- Disclaimer 107
- References 108
- More Garden Design Goodness 109
- Beginner Level 109
- Intermediate & Advanced Level 109