Landscape Design forum: Combining designs

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Name: Lee-Roy
Bilzen, Belgium (Zone 8a)
Irises Lilies Hostas Ferns Composter Region: Belgium
Jul 1, 2017 5:05 PM CST
So, I've been pondering, making sketches and breaking my head for months to come up with a way to merge different wildlife habitats (meadow, dirt ponds, woodland, natives etc) with 'formal' gardening (combining plants from all over the world) without them clashing or looking 'too obvious'.

What I mean is this:

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And I don't mean like putting a lush border next to a wildflower meadow divided by a path. Glare No I mean a smooth transition looking like one. I like both styles very much. Wilder/natural is ofcourse great for wildlife and really zen, the other I can really get my hands dirty and do actual gardening. But other than dividing the garden up with high hedging to block the eye, I don't see how I I'll ever combine these Confused
Name: June
Rosemont, Ont. (Zone 4a)
Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Beavers Region: Canadian Dragonflies Butterflies Cactus and Succulents
Birds Cat Lover Native Plants and Wildflowers Deer Garden Ideas: Level 1
Jul 15, 2017 8:21 AM CST
Perhaps you could use an open, rustic post-and-rail fence that would not block the eye, but create a porous boundary. Cultivated, formal planting on one side could blend into a more natural planting on the other, as if the plants had seeded themselves over the fence.

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