Think of a woodland: full of bluebells, an enormous blue swathe in late spring, beautiful but huge and totally unsuitable for your average garden. Gardens are normally inspired by nature but it’s impossible to recreate a true woodland without plenty of space.
Natural woodland planting mimics nature and is defined by a flush of early spring bulbs and perennials before the trees start into leaf and deprive the area of light. The look then becomes a bit wild, unruly even with one plant drifting into the next and everything just getting on with it. By midsummer there's a mass of green with little interest, structure or pattern.