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How to Make A Leaf Garden?

The leaves that always play a supporting role in the garden. What if we made these leaves the protagonists of our garden?

Leaf Garden

When mentioning gardens, we always think of the flower gardens, a beautiful, green space filled with flowers and trees.


But there are many other types of gardens that can be equally beautiful and captivating. Gardens can be made out of almost anything? From stone to metal and even paper, there are many different kinds of gardens out there!


Let's make a Leaf Garden

The leaves that always play a supporting role in the garden have different shapes, colors, thicknesses, and sizes. It is the presence of leaves that makes the garden appear rich and layered. What if we made these leaves the protagonists of our garden?

Leaf Garden
Leaf Garden


We can make a garden out of leaves and give it a new life by creating a garden made out of leaves. This is a simple yet amazing project that anyone can do.


Choose the Plants You Like


The first step is choosing the plants with beautiful leaf. You can choose from different types of plants. These are the plants that will give you a wide variety of leaves to work with. You can choose from herbs, vegetables, trees, and shrubs, even succulents or cacti.


Here we recommend some plants with beautiful leaves.


If you love cooking, you can have some herbs. Basil, parsley, mint, oregano and sage will be the good choices since they have lovely leaves which are in different shapes and that can be used in cooking. The basil plant has a variety of green, purple and red leaves with different shapes. Parsley is another herb you can use to create a garden made out of leaves. It has flat and curly leaves that are dark green in color.

Herbs (mint, pasley, basil, rosemary, thyme, bay leaf)
Herbs (mint, pasley, basil, rosemary, thyme, bay leaf)


In addition, they smell quite good that can make your leaf garden fresh and inviting.


If you would like to get some food from the garden, you can also choose vegetables like tomato or peppers if you want to add some color to your garden.

Vegetable Garden
Vegetable Garden


The leaves of these plants are beautiful and will look amazing in your garden.


Eucalyptus is a plant that has beautiful leaves with a very pleasant aroma. The leaves of this plant have different shapes and sizes depending on the species.

Different Eucalyptus
Eucalyptus is a plant that has beautiful leaves

Some varieties have smooth edges while others are pointed at the end. Besides Eucalyptus, you can also choose other plants like avocado, cactus and palm trees, Oak trees (Quercus), Almond trees (Prunus amygdalus), Cherry trees (Prunus avium), etc. These plants have beautiful leaves with different shapes and sizes that will look amazing in your garden.


Layout of a Leaf Garden


The next step is to decide on the layout of your leaf garden. You can make a small or large garden depending on how much space you have available. You can start by choosing a general location for your leaf garden. You will need to determine where you want to place the plants and how many you want in each area. You can use a single type of plant or mix and match different types together.

Example of Garden Layout
Example of Garden Layout


Overcrowding and low harvests occur as a result of the plants becoming larger and competing for the greatest nutrients, which is one of the most frequent mistakes gardeners make.


Until you find the ideal arrangement, it is typically important to arrange the plants according to a layout plan. For example, to avoid smothering other crops, sprawling squash should be grown at the edge of vegetable beds. Leafy crops like summer lettuce can benefit from the shade cast by taller plants. Sweet corn should always be grown in blocks rather than a single row so that they can wind-pollinate properly. We will talk more in the next section.


How to match the plants well with the other leaf plants? Here are some principles.


-Match leaf size

Different Size of Leaves
Different Size of Leaves

If you have large, sprawling plants like squash or cucumbers, it’s best to plant them at the edge of your garden bed where their large leaves won’t shade out smaller plants. Smaller leaves can be planted more densely in the center of your bed where they will receive more sunlight.


-Match leaf color

Different Color of Leaves
Different Color of Leaves

If you want a colorful display of produce, consider planting different colored varieties next to each other so that they create an eye-catching effect when they mature.


For instance, you could plant a variety of green lettuces in a row, then plant some red ones next to them. The red lettuce leaves will be especially vibrant against the green background.


-Match leaf texture

Different Textures of Leaves
Different Textures of Leaves

Some plants have very thick, crunchy leaves while others have thin, delicate ones. You can create an interesting visual effect by planting these two types together so that they contrast with each other, creating visual interesting in your garden.


For example, if you have a lot of smooth-leaved plants like lettuce, it can be nice to plant some wrinkled varieties next to them.


-Don’t mix plants in the same family

Don’t mix plants in the same family
Don’t mix plants in the same family

For example, don’t plant tomatoes and peppers together because they are both members of Solanaceae. That is because they are susceptible to the same pests and diseases, and can pass on the disease to one another. This can make it harder for you to keep your garden healthy, and also means that if one plant becomes infected with a disease or pest it will spread quickly throughout your entire crop. On the other hand, they will be competing for the same nutrients and water, which can lead to stunted growth or even death. If you’re planting a vegetable garden with limited space and resources, try growing only one type of plant from each family.


-Complementary shapes

Try to avoid putting plants with large leaves next to those with small ones; instead, look for complementary shapes. A leaf crop should be planted near other leaf crops. This will help them to get the most light possible. A stem crop like broccoli should be planted near something tall and bushy like bush beans or cucumbers that will provide shade in the summer months when they are growing quickly.


Start Planting


Once you’ve decided on the layout, it’s time to start planting!


Start by planting the largest plants. You can always transplant them if they don’t fit.


Next, plant any herbs and greens that will be harvested before the first frost. Herbs can be planted in a separate area of your garden near where you will be harvesting them so they stay fresh longer.


Lastly, fill in the gaps with smaller plants that have similar growing requirements. This will help them to all get along and thrive together.


Finishing Touches with Beautiful Solar Lights


Lastly, let's put the finishing touches and decorations on the garden.


At the end of the day, it’s important to make sure that your garden is safe and secure. Adding solar lights will help you enjoy it at night as well as during the day.

Solar Lights
Solar Lights

Solar lights are a great way to add a little light to your garden with long lifespan. They are cheap, easy to install and they don’t require any electricity!

To match well with your leaf garden, we recommend three solar lights. They are either in the shape of leaf or creating light and shadow effects in shape of leaf.


Solar Pond Fountain with Floating Lotus Leaf

This Solar Pond Fountain Floating Lotus resembles a lotus leaf in appearance. In various civilizations, the lotus is frequently a representation of chastity, beauty, and fertility.


Asian art frequently features the lotus as a theme, especially Chinese lotuses. with its rounded center and slightly curved corners. The solar panel is positioned in the center of the leaf, giving the floating solar pond fountain the appearance that it has always been there.

 Additionally, it functions as a bird bath or water pump for your pool or pond, bringing vitality to your yard.


Cascading LED Solar Vine String Lights

String lights with fake foliage are called Solar Vine Lights. This solar string light is a gorgeous garden ornament since the LED bulb beads are dispersed among the plastic leaves.


The green artificial lights may give your garden a sense of life at night when everything is dark, so it is a good idea to utilize them to add some color and light to your yard.

 The leaves are green and have a lovely glow when the lights are on. Your garden will seem natural and idyllic if you use solar Vine Lights to illuminate your landscape.


Metal Carving Leaf Solar Lights 

The Leaf Solar Light's contemporary metallic design provides a stylish cutout appearance. Metal carvings in the form of leaves are on the lampshade. A light and shadow pattern of leaves with distinct lines is produced on the plane by the lantern's light as it goes through, evoking the image of autumnal leaves carpeting the road in light and shadow.

 The size of the shadow will alter with the distance between the plane and the lantern when the leaf solar lights are moved into various orientations and the light is reflected off of various planes. You may move the light further away from the plane if you want to cast a leaf shadow with a greater form.


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