Homes & Gardens: Naturalistic planting design – plants to use and design ideas

How do you make a natural garden?

Look to the natural world for inspiration: The key way to make a natural garden is to look at how plant communities occur in the natural world, studying the forms and textures.

‘Then use that as inspiration, rather than replicating it. I take each plant and increase the numbers, creating a collection of plants that look natural, but which give a succession of interest and which is also easy to maintain – it isn’t sustainable to simply dot the plants around at random,’ explains garden designer, Jo Thompson.

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