Oak Understory

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Landscape inspiration:

An oak woodland understory with low swathes of medium height, lush, shade tolerant planting with singular vertical elements rising above.

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Our design response to test:

Substantial swathes of planting tucked inbetween large areas of groundcovers – a green ‘mulch’ that mimics the leaf litter beneath the oak

Use of dark green plants to evoke quality of shade

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Plant palette list:

Groundcover Layer (50%)
Clinopodium douglasii

Filler Species (5-10%)
Melica californica
Stipa pulchra

Seasonal Layer (25-40%)
Ribes sanguineum var. Glutinosum
Salvia spathacea
Iris douglasiana

Structural Layer (10-15%)
Quercus agrifolia (existing)