NewsJapanese garden design in Kleinziethen
An interview with garden designer Christian Otto...
The new year has begun—could there be any better moment for making sweeping changes? The gardeners among you will of course say yes, of course there is—the planting seasons in both spring and autumn. But planting needs some study time too! And the winter months are perfect for the planning and preparation of garden projects. Anyone thinking of making changes in their garden in the spring should make sure to remember the following points.
1. What kind of space would you like to set up? Especially if you’re going to be creating a completely new garden, give some thought to open spaces, flower beds, vegetable beds or larger plants—if you want to have them; and if so then where. Larger plants are especially useful for providing a little extra privacy from the neighbours and good to plant along the borders of your open spaces. Shrubs and ornamental plants on the other hand can be very effective in the entrance area to the garden, or else to provide a hedge with a dash of colour.
2. Which colours should dominate in your garden? Faced with the palette of colours that’s available today, it’s enough to make you a little dizzy. But don’t worry, our online plant catalogue can give you a little help: once you’ve decided on a rough colour scheme, use the filters provided to help you pick out all the plants, roses and so on in the colour of your choice.
Tip: Look for plants with differing flowering periods, to make sure that your garden sparkles the whole year round!
3. Which location is preferred? To ensure that your shrubs, trees and perennials enjoy a healthy growth it’s important to know which climate they prefer. Some are happy with direct sunlight; others wither when they get too much sun—especially in the summer. A lot of plants feel most at home with partial shade, for example near a hedge or building, which can protect them from direct sunlight over the course of the day.
4. To what height do your plants grow? It sounds obvious, but it’s easy to forget: the varying heights to which your plants grow. Pay attention to the plant height that’s noted on the labels, particularly when you’re planning to put different plant species together. Wouldn’t it be a pity if, two years down the road, the rhododendron in the front row completely hid the azaleas behind it?
5. What are the soil conditions like in your garden? Some plants are very tolerant when it comes to the pH value of the earth, whereas others, like roses and rhododendrons, react strongly to earth that’s too acidic or alkaline, and may even die. A probe sample can help in this situation. In order to influence the pH value of the soil, you can try the following:
As long as you keep these 5 tips in mind, there’s nothing standing between you and some successful gardening this spring.
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