The Q&A Archives: how to layout a garden

Question: What is the best way to layout a garden with the following plants: 2 japanese maple,3 azaleas,3 rhododendrons2 weigelas I will also have a birdbath and 1 or2 harbors.there will be 2 Nine bark also.

Answer: The standard practice is to put the taller trees and shrubs in the back of the garden, then the lower growing shrubs. This way nothing will be blocked from view and everything will be able to perform well. Ninebark will grow large, as will the weigelas, followed by the rhodies and the azaleas. Japanese maples are slow growing and depending upon which cultivars you have will probably remain smaller than the rhodies. I'm not sure whether you want to make the bird bath the focal point or just have in somewhere on the side of the garden. I'd set the plants out and then decide how they look best. It's a little like arranging furniture. Place them where you think they will look the best. Wander around and look from all angles. Move the plants around until you're happy with the look. Then plant. Enjoy!

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