The seven layers of a forest garden

A quick reference for the multiple layers of a forest garden, because I can only ever remember 3 of them (see my logo)…

Tree shrubs crowded up against each other
Toona sinensis & Phormium tenax in Martin Crawford’s forest garden

@AgroforestryT has a definition of forest gardening and helpfully lists the “seven layers” of a forest garden:

  1. Canopy—highest layer of trees, plan spacing correctly to allow enough light through to understorey
  2. Small trees/shrubs—between & below canopy trees
  3. Shrubs—mostly shade tolerant
  4. Herbaceous perennials—die back in winter, contribute to ground cover
  5. Ground cover—mostly creeping carpeting plants, with some clumping examples
  6. Climbers—require sturdy trees to climb
  7. Rhizosphere—root bearing plants and fungi
Author:
Date:
Permalink:
https://www.forestgarden.wales/blog/seven-layers-forest-garden/

Comments

Comments powered by Talkyard.

Subscribe to blog posts by email