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Woodland Gardens - A Gallery of Photos

Updated on November 3, 2011
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Woodland Gardens - Magical Places

There really isn't much that I don't like about woodland gardens. For some people, the idea of a woodland garden conjures up things of fairy tales and excitement and adventure. From naturally wooded areas to created woodland gardens among wooded areas, I love them all. Its fun to find a little trail in the woods and follow it to where it leads. So much possible adventure and fun to be found and had!

People that love to garden and that live up against a wooded area or common ground, or just have a lot of shade for whatever reason, often opt to create a woodland garden setting. If your goal is to create a woodland setting, keep in mind it can take years for the trees to grow tall enough to create such an environment. More often, people move into areas that have wooded areas nearby or tall shrubs and lots of shade.

In this hub I am sharing some examples that I have found of wooded garden areas. There is no need to feel limited in such an area, and I was so happy to find such beauty hidden among the trees.

Here are the photos I found, and they are numbered so you can follow along to see a description.

Photo 1 - This may be one of my favorite woodland garden photos ever. I truly love this place, and I wish I could convey the feeling it gives while there. This photo was taken during a part of the day when the light was above so you see it brighter than it normally is. Often this is more dappled shade or heavily shaded depending on where one is exactly. There isn't anything about this that doesn't make me want to walk down that path again and explore. I guess you could say it brings out the kid in me!

Photo 2 & 4 - Following along the little trail, one can see some more plants and a few flowers that do well in even a shaded setting. Some that I saw were some water iris, and rhododendron. There are many flowers though that do very great in areas that only get direct sunlight for part of the day. Notice the curving nature of the path in these two photos. Those paths are one of the things that I absolutely love about this garden.

Photo 3 - A neat tree, and some more unique plants growing in this garden. It makes me want to grab a favorite book and go read in that area or have a picnic. What you can't see in this photo, but would hear if you were there, is a little gurgling creek nearby that makes the most wonderful sound. The birds seem to love it here too as well as little critters like squirells, etc.

Photo 5 - This is a great example of the kind of light a woodland garden gets on a very sunny day. Notice the very dappled sunlight coming through, when you look at the rocks? Thus the unique set of plants that do well here. My butterfly garden flowers wouldn't thrive here at all. Butterflies are known, however, to fly in these gardens on occasions especially on warm days and if the right trees, flowers and vines might be growing there.

Photo 6 - Here is a bench to stop and take a rest on. They really made use of rock here as well for that continued path. If gardeners want people to stay on a path, this is the way to go. Paths can be such that one has no need to go off them. This area would be a great place to break out that book or packed lunch, no? I would simply love to recreate such a garden scene as this one day. Who knows?

Photo 7 - I just loved this huge tree, and the way the light came into this area. There is just something so whimsical about woodland garden areas.

Photo 8 - In this photo you can see some light pink or peach colored rhododendrons growing. Rhododendrons are beautiful flowers, such rich clusters in various colors. They grow to be a fair sized shrub. I think they are just a lovely addition to a woodland garden setting.

** Some neat flowers that grow well in a woodland garden theme would be foxgloves, and hostas, as well as lamiums and lady's mantle. Japanese maples and ferns are other wonderful choices. Another thing to keep in mind the changing of the seasons and how the light that enters into a woodland garden will be totally different then.

Much more could be said, but I will wait for another hub to share more. My hope is that you enjoyed seeing some examples of woodland garden areas.

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Photo 8 - Rhododendrons growing in a woodland garden setting.
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    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      12 months ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Peggy, the woods that you grew up with in Wisconsin sound wonderful! I love wild woodland areas too, they are incredible! As for gardens made in and around wooded areas, I loved seeing what people did with those ideas. There is something so beautifully refreshing and I believe healthy, about being outdoors in nature.

      Thank you for your comment!

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      Peggy Woods 

      16 months ago from Houston, Texas

      When I was a child growing up in Wisconsin there was a woods right across the street. My brothers and I loved venturing into it. Looking at your gorgeous photos reminded me of that although it was in the wild and not landscaped like these photos show. Thanks for the memories!

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Dolores, I hear you and totally agree with what you said. Its very restful and happy, two things that are good for the spirit and soul.

      So glad you stopped by and left a comment, thank you! :)

    • Dolores Monet profile image

      Dolores Monet 

      7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Wonderful pictures and a wonderful setting. Woodland gardens are magical places, aren't they? The peace and tranquility you can find in a woodland garden settles the spirit and the soul.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Carcro, thank you very much! To me, they are breathtaking and I wish I could walk them everyday. What a joy to have some close to where you live. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it!

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      Paul Cronin 

      7 years ago from Winnipeg

      Your pictures are beautiful and that must mean those Woodland Gardens are breath taking. Thanks for sharing. We have a place a few blocks from home very similar, makes a great walk! Voted Up and Awesome.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hi RedElf, thank you very much for stopping by and for your comment! :)

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      7 years ago from Canada

      Love the rhododendrons! Well, I love all your photos - the way you capture the play of light and shadow.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thank you Duchess, I really appreciate your visit and comment. :)

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      Duchess OBlunt 

      7 years ago

      I really like how you showed the way the light shines, (or doesn't) in the different views of this trail. Nicely done - and some great shots.


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