The space between the house and the privacy screen has no visual appeal. In addition, only one side is used as a passage, the lawn area next to it previously only served as a distance green. In order for the area to be used properly, it needs a new structure and plants that bloom at different times.
Suggestion 1: Walk under blooming cherry trees
The old paved path gets more excitement with wide strips of hard-wearing, evergreen carpet verbena and even some flowers from May to October. From the removed and a few additional concrete paving stones, a small “break area” with a hanging chair and seat cushion (pouf) was created. The foliage of the ball steppe cherries, which tolerate drought and heat, turns orange-red in autumn – a short but pretty spectacle.
Under the rounded crowns, a band of fountain grass meanders through the planting, dividing it into two areas: the shady part, which is generously planted with ground cover, and the brightly planted, sunnier part. The ground covers in the shade are ivy and the frugal mountain forest cranesbill. While the climbing plant ivy provides green leaves all year round, the cranesbill contributes pink flowers from May to October.
Yellow-green Mediterranean spurge, tall violet catnip and single-blooming light pink peonies characterize the picture along the path from May. The ‘Nymph’ peony variety was chosen primarily for its fragrance, but it also has the advantage of being disliked by snails. At the same time, the clematis ‘Piilu’ opens its pink and white flower stars on the new seat, on the house wall and on the dark gray tool shed at the very back. They were placed in large pots along with Rank obelisks.
In June and July, the yellow-green clouds of flowers of the lady’s mantle and the pink flowers of the Armenian cranesbill ‘Sumela’ are particularly striking. They have a deep black center. The dark green yew balls are not as striking, but still important for the structure of the garden. To keep them nice and round, they should be cut into shape two or three times between March and September.
Suggestion 2: Lively variety in the comfortable vertical garden
“Easy gardening without bending down” is the motto of this proposal. The existing paved path will be retained. Its generous width is used to place three waist-high herb shelves along the sunny wall of the house. The currant bushes (optionally small standard stems) are also at a practical “picking height” in the front bed. The bed at the shed is significantly enlarged. The summer lilac gets an underplanting with perennials in green, red, white and yellow tones. And not to forget the most important thing in the comfortable garden: a cozy bench that invites you to linger.
The main role in the background is taken over by the privacy fence. It hides behind a trellis, hung with green plant bags made of UV-resistant felt. The free-flowering Clematis ‘Wada’s Primerose’ is allowed to conquer the gaps.
In the shady raised beds along the garden border, red blooming spars can show off. The plant bags are varied with rib fern, Japanese gold sedge, purple bells and tiered primula. The raised beds on the left get significantly more sun. Here Bleeding Heart ‘Alba’ draws attention.
An eye-catcher is the African feather bristle grass. However, in order to get it through the winter, it needs to be protected from frost! The yellow flowering lady’s mantle is much less demanding, but just as wonderfully combinable.
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