Layered planting is a great technique to maximise the space in your garden. It involves arranging plants with varying heights and species to create a more biodiverse and aesthetic space.
Taller plants towards the back of an area (for example sunflowers or vines), and smaller ones at the front add depth to the design, making the view more enticing!
Other benefits include:
- Using resources efficiently. Layered planting allows for productive use of the available sunlight, soil, water, and nutrients.
- Larger plant variety. The taller plants can produce shade and protection for other plants that don’t enjoy direct sunlight for example, meaning there’s much more opportunity to have many different plants within one space.
- Reduced weeds. Taller plants shade the soil below, making it much more difficult for weeds to survive. Dense foliage also means some leaves will fall to the ground, providing a natural mulch, and reducing the need for any weed killers.
Below are some links to useful pages about layered planting: