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For many of us, the perfect garden is a place to relax and a haven of tranquility. What better than the sound of running water and moss-covered rocks to transport you away from the stress of daily life to the rural woodlands? Our hugely talented friends at TAW Garden Landscapes and Antony Lionel Garden Design have achieved just that with this exceptional garden. ‘Woodland Fall’ scooped Gold and Best in Show at BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2021. Here’s how to bring a woodland feel to your garden…

Create a soft naturalistic look with your planting

‘Woodland Fall’ is planted with dense broad-leaves, a feathery mix of plants, including ferns, and boulders aged with moss. You can achieve this look by incorporating ferns and moss in your planting scheme. And place rockery stones discreetly in borders to add to the organic sense of place.

Woodland planting and boulder with garden bench

Use paving with a weather-worn finish

The Antique Yellow Limestone paving in this garden is an ideal choice because it’s half-honed, brushed and tumbled to give an aged appearance, and is available in patio packs for outstanding value.

Aged Antique Yellow Limestone paving next to water

Add a water feature to your garden

Like any woodland setting, your garden will spring to life with a water source. The rain wall cascading down moss and then running over Tumbled Yellow Limestone Cladding,  and Scottish cobbles and pebbles is not only a delight for the eye, but gives the soothing ambiance of a bubbling stream.

Waterfall and garden rill with stone cobbles and plants

Cocoon yourself with structure and height

This garden uses Larch fencing slats. These are great for privacy and can also be softened over time with climbing plants. By planting deciduous trees like these silver birch and cherries, you’ll have shade, seclusion and food for wildlife.

Woodland planting with bench and fencing

Create spaces to wind down

Dividing your garden into zones can help you make the best of use of space and the light at different times of day. As well as the bar area in this garden, there’s a cosy seating area round a fire pit, perfect for keeping the chill off once the sun goes down.

Weathered steel fire pit with water feature and cobble stones

Create an ambient glow

Carefully positioned lighting can create a truly magical atmosphere in a woodland garden, highlighting the soft edges of the plants and giving you just enough light to enjoy your space well into the evening. Think about lighting when you plan your space, and use a simple outdoor lighting system that easily plugs into an outdoor socket.

Woodland garden with ambient lighting

The ‘Woodland Fall’ garden was part of APL Avenue at BBC Gardeners World Live show. The Association of Professional Landscapers rigorously inspects members and promotes the highest standards in landscaping.

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