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When designing your own garden, a little peeking is allowed-and if you do not find the right idea during regional garden visits such as the “open garden gate”, you should simply include a visit to one or the other famous garden in your program on holiday. The famous role models are still real tourist magnets today, because the responsible garden architects did a lot of things right in terms of design at that time or even founded new garden styles with their works. And no property is so small that one or the other design idea could not be miniaturized and adapted to the local conditions. We have taken four well-known Gardens from Spain, Scotland, France and Germany as a model for you and have incorporated the respective design theme into our idea for a typical Hausgarten Format.
Garden of the Alhambra in Granada / Spain
In the Middle Ages, when the Moors ruled in Andalusia, they established gardens in their palaces, which were supposed to be an image of the heavenly paradise. Even today you can still feel the special Flair of these gardens when visiting the Alhambra in Granada and the adjacent Generalife Summer Palace.
Our drawing shows that the magic of Moorish paradises can also be realized in the small terraced house garden. As in the historical model, in the middle of the approximately 50 square meter garden lies a shallow water basin in which small fountains gush.
Terracotta concrete slabs surround the pool. In the two 1.5 and 2 Meter wide edge beds, a Mix of flowering shrubs, perennials and summer flowers grows. In the left bed pipe-Bush (Philadelphus) and dwarf-scent-lilac (Syringa meyeri ‘Palibin’) form a small group, in the right bed grows a red garden-Marshmallow (Hibiscus syriacus). Flame flower, daylily, Mallow and girl’s eye bloom with student flowers, jewelry baskets and vervain. Red geranium pots, which stand on the edge of the path, must also not be missing.
Along the property boundary, a semi-high cut yew hedge and a trestle with climbing roses provide visual protection. At the end of the garden a pergola with blue rain completes the plot.
Striking eye-catchers are the differently high Irish column Juniper (Juniperus communis ‘Hibernica’). A contrast to this are the large box balls and the two Liguster high stems with Ball crown. The lawn is decorated by a small roundel surrounded by boxwood with perennials and summer flowers.
House of Pitmuies in Angus / Scotland
Situated on the east coast, the garden of the House of Pitmuies is one of the most beautiful private gardens in Scotland. Even if the size of the entire garden area exceeds that of most German home gardens, you can take home many suggestions during a visit
The approximately 360 square metre garden depicted is modelled on the Scottish Rose Garden. A cut evergreen yew hedge is an appealing framework. From the terrace, the first view is of the round Water Lily Pool in the middle of the lawn. A small stone Putte decorates the middle of the pond. A bed with large daylilies as well as a lady’s mantle and Stork’s beak surrounds the basin.
In the side beds pink roses and Blue Knight spur set the tone. Sage, Stork’s beak and Lady’s mantle complement the planting. Part of the edge of the bed is bordered with lavender.
In the back of the garden, the beds divide the lawn into two different sized areas. The passage is accentuated by two pink rose tall trunks. A pavilion conquered by Rambler roses invites you to linger. Two red thorns (Crataegus laevigata ‘Paul’s Scarlet’) accentuate the back garden area, which is planted with sparks and ferns in the shady edge beds.
Villandry Castle near Tours / France
If you want to create a vegetable garden at home, but not only on healthy vitamins, but also on attractive beds, can be inspired by the castle garden of Villandry. The French garden is considered the most famous Kitchen Garden in the world. In keeping with the castle’s architecture, it was built in the Renaissance style at the beginning of the 20th century. Surrounded by low boxwood hedges, salads and vegetables are ornamental and useful plants in one. Bright gravel paths run between the beds.
As in the historical model, the center of the vegetable garden is emphasized in our design proposal, here by a red flowering rose stem. But also a stone column with Vase or a figure would be a suitable jewelry. One side of the kitchen garden is bordered by low Apple trellises. They are pulled on tension wires, are typical of French kitchen gardens and promise crisp fruit, even if there is little space.