Woodland Gardens

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Woodlands represent strength in the ecosystem. Though the individuality of seasons makes for a dynamic landscape, the structure of their habitat has a strong and lasting impression. Woodlands are, in essence, a shady garden with five distinct vertical strata: canopy, understory, shrub layer, herbaceous plants and ground covers. The more strata included in a garden the more productive and diverse the ecosystem becomes, increasing the benefit of the land to all forms of life. The larger diversity of plant life means more seasonal interest at all times of year, welcoming change as a desirable part of the aesthetic. A woodland garden is the ideal habitat for a shaded site because the increased diversity of plants help to support each other and fill in all available space, transforming your shady spot into a ferny habitat of dappled light and lime glow; a constantly changing pattern of scenes and surprises, mystery, peace and intrigue.