The woodland garden is one of my favourite styles, an environment well suited to humans, the species of the East African savanna – an environment of grass, trees, shrubbery, herbs and perennials.
Over the year different plants come in to leaf or flower or Fall colour, offering a shifting range of views. Species from mid latitude ecologies are particularly rich in shape and form. Southern China, Appalachia, the Fynbos of South Africa and the Balkan region of Europe are all great examples of woodland communities.
Many of these species can be adapted to Australasian climates and environments adding colour, form and flowers to our gardens. For example, arbutus from southern Europe, Lagerstroemia (crepe myrtle) from Asia and malus can combine with Australian natives like brachychiton (kurrajong) and elaeocarpus reticulatus (blueberry ash).
At the mid level shrubs like hydrangea, spirea, philadelphus and fuchsia catch the eye and hide ugly objects like AC units, gas meters and the like.