Outdoor

Rosen
© BdB
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greenduck



For centuries it’s been a symbol for love and beauty. As early as the Antiquities it was considered a luxury item: the upper classes perfumed themselves with rose oil and drank wine garnished with a petal. Today, roses are in demand not only as cut flowers, but as one of the most popular flowering plants in the garden.

Hydrangea
© BBH
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greenduck

Hydrangea is a garden classic that offers so many options from ground cover all the way through to trees – yes really! There is also a wide range of flower types offering a choice of styles to suit every situation. But why hydrangea is such a global favourite, is the fact that success is (virtually) guaranteed.

garden design
© BGL
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greenduck

With some tricks and the right choice of plants, small areas can be made to appear much larger. The best way to do this is to follow a few rules of thumb when first designing a garden.


Rhododendron
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greenduck

When planning a rhododendron garden, one should set a color scheme in a timely manner. Landscapers recommend either to opt for a single color or to choose flower colors that stand in stark contrast to each other. A jumble of random, unplanned colors in a bed next to each other should be avoided.

Garden Paths


© GMH / Christiane Bach
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greenduck

Befestigte Wege führen sicher und bequem durch den Garten. Wohlbedacht und richtig angelegt verleihen Wege dem Garten Struktur und einen individuellen Charakter – je nachdem, wie sie verlaufen und aus welchem Material sie bestehen.

A Garden for Life
© GMH/Thomas Kläber
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greenduck

Source of relaxation and adventure playground, a spot for free-time activities and meeting point for companionable hours: a garden can be many things and it can change its face again and again, over the course of years, to suite the life stages of its users. The corresponding demands on garden design can also vary widely.

Rock_cress_and_Saxifrage
© Karl-Heinz Peters / pixelio
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greenduck

Groundcovering perennials such as saxifrage and rock cress/aubretia are a good choice for stony surfaces and walls. But in beds, too, their delicate blossoms will spread over the years into a soft carpet, giving gardening enthusiasts a lot of joy without much effort.



Kerria
© Annamartha / pixelio
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greenduck



Granted, “hanami,” the Japanese cherry blossom festival, is usually associated with white and pink flowers, but spring of course offers up many other colors. There’s an entire array of ornamental shrubs that bloom early in the year before leafing out and which bring dashes of red or yellow color to the garden. 



Cherry Tree
© Ulrich Kuhn / pixelio
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greenduck

In Japan the blooming of the cherry trees is a nationwide event called “hanami,” or “flower viewing.” It marks the beginning of spring, serving, too, as a metaphor for beauty and transience. Hordes of people stream through the public parks and gardens, picknicking and celebrating with friends under canopies of pink and white blossoms.



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