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Basic rules
To make a natural garden look unplanned you need to remember the basic rules:

  • Keep the curves loose and the edges soft so the garden ‘frays’ into its surroundings
  • Include a mixture of habitats, with light and shady areas
  • Use natural objects as focal points and garden decorations, like fallen logs or mossy tree stumps.
Planting a natural garden
It is important that the planting comprises three tiers:
  • The basement is your carpet of ground cover
  • The mezzanine floor contains plants that are between 1.8m to 3m (6ft to 10ft) high
  • Finally, your penthouse is created using trees, as tall as you like.
8. Natural garden

The natural look
Design points
Top ten plants
Natural planting

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