Today I want to give you some landscape design tips. Landscaping is pretty easy when you love what you do. Some people are scared off by it. So I think if I give you the basics, you should get the hang of it. And may even grow to love it. So let’s go.
I suggest starting with maple specimens. Usually it’s best to group them in the foreground. It’s not an exact science but try some coral bells in front and over intersperse with 2 or 3 red azalias. It’s best to group them. Place one here and one there. But maybe place 3 or 4 in a spot. There is no set rules. You might have an artificial lawn or real grass. But you might want to place some Japanese maples and gated leafs with new growth. These are beautiful plants. I try to place 4 of these in front and then 2 or 3 at the back.
Behind these I place the junipers. Usually 2 on one end and 2 on the other. Up front I like to place coral bells. There’s plenty of variety in these plants. I love them. For landscapers Dublin is a great place. I love how the gardens look. With hosta’s sometimes the weather can affect them, so I intersperse with Japanese maples. They have a lovely gated leaf. It’s a fantastic plant. Place 2 or 3 of these at intervals.
With the Japanese maple, I place some azaleas in between. It’s really interesting to place them in 2’s and 3’s and use a variety of whites and red to show off the colour. I have these in my own garden. It can bring out the colours nicely. If you have a nice waterfall Japanese maple I think it looks best alongside the azaleas and can look well alongside some carefully chosen garden furniture and well designed patio.
Over this I intersperse perennials. Just snip the flowers back and use this to fill in the landscape. The idea is to use 3 or 4 and then they can grow into each other. A lions head Japanese maple and some coral bells with some roses and next to that some flowering azaleas with variegated iris. Next to that I place some red leaf Japanese maples which look great alongside some complementary garden furniture. Frost can damage them so I opt for the hardy versions.
Coral bells look great planted en-masse. By the end of the summer you should see them in full bloom. Harry laughter walking sticks look great next to these. Don’t overlook the use of a tree surgeon.Try some Caroline weeping crabapple trees with this and maybe some roses. They really come to life once they are in bloom.
Amerias and variegated weeping Japanese maples go hand in hand. Use a variety of colours in the bed. Group them in 3’s and 4’s. Hairy ladders go together nicely with the amerias and look great bunched together.
The variety of different colours means you will never have a dull landscape. Many people think it’s lifeless but in Summer they really come into their own and require little garden maintenance. As I say, I have these in my own garden.
Variegated lazy Japanese maples are ideal for small gardens. Greens and reds are best side by side. Specimen maples take well in low growing sedum bunches and I would suggest an upright azalea interspersed with azaleas.