Embryonic Woodland — Starting with the Bones

We’ve planted most of the trees and shrubs that will make up the main structure of the Woodland garden.

First autumn. newly planted woodland

The Pines and Maples will give the shade that defines a woodland.  And eventually, if all works well these will also give their name to the area; it will be a Pine and Maple Woodland.   Redbuds and Dogwoods will form most of the understory layer and give their own softer shade…protecting the  Fothergillas (35 of them) and Oak Leaf Hydrangeas (12).  And these shrubs will lead the eye through the space, their human scale showing the size and form of the Woodland.  And of course they will add their own spring flowering, summer form, and autumn color.  A grove of Birches acts as an entry to the Woodland as well as providing more four-season beauty.

Once these trees and shrubs grow and start to give enough shade, it will be time to plant some of the shade-loving groundcovers that will help define the space: Tiarella, Gingers, Trillium, Solomon’s Seal…masses of each to help keeping you moving through the space.

It is so exciting to see some of the spaces actually taking shape, not just in my mind, but in reality.