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Pocket Woodlands® Methodology 


Examples of the Pocket Woodlands design concept.

  • Raised planting bed or berm, a key element of a Pocket Woodlands design, provides loose, aerated soil

  • Three different species of trees for interest and seasonal variety

  • Younger trees, so they will establish more quickly and live their full, natural lifespan

  • Varied assortment of shrubs for seasonal focus

  • Defines and emphasizes entrance/walkway

  • Ease of maintenance

  • Ornamental rocks

  • Ground covers and bulbs

  • Flexibility – can be added to as it evolves or as new ideas arise

  • Succession of older and younger plants for continuity

  • Natural statement/landscape feature

  • Healthy plants result from focusing on root health

  • Here we see two small, basic Pocket Woodlands features (6ft x 7ft) around a sitting area, one behind and one in front of the sitting bench. Each has a combination of three young trees/shrubs. This works in a space of almost any size, including a small yard, and yet still gives the impression of being amongst nature or in a woodland area, especially as the plants mature

  • In this estate garden a Pocket Woodlands concept joined two isolated, existing plants to form a landscape feature with two young Elms in the centre and other shrubs for seasonal effect.

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