Garden Design

Cornus cousa
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greenduck

Trees and shrubs that attract the gaze in wintertime are very useful for encouraging viewers to see the world of plants in a different light.
 Some plants impress with their peculiar growth form.

Evergreen plants
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greenduck

From Evergreen to Wintergreen - Plants that don’t drop their leaves in wintertime are an important element in garden design. Coniferous and broad-leaved plantings will enhance the garden with needed color in winter and also lend it structure. Among these plants, distinctions are made between so-called evergreens, semi-evergreens, and wintergreens.

hedge by the foot
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greenduck

Trees, bushes, and shrubs planted intentionally as so-called “green fences” will form a privacy shield that is at once decorative and space saving. Within just a brief span of time, it will become an attractive, year-round boundary line that protects your private sphere. An ideal solution here is purchasing a hedge by the foot.

Corkscrew Hazel
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greenduck

During the winter, different rules apply than in the warmer seasons – there are no abundant blossoms to attract the gaze, no beautifully colored foliage. Instead of the colors, it’s the forms of plants that structure the picture of the garden. Useful now are unusual accents such as the corkscrew hazel (Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’).

Winter Garden
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greenduck


Planning ahead for the garden: every season enriches our existence in its own way. Those who have a garden can experience these changes particularly closely by selecting plants for their seasonal features. When establishing or renewing a garden, it’s possible to combine carefully chosen plants – with an eye for the right location – to have a continuous, year-round source of discovery and delight.

The Right Tree for My Property
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greenduck

Finding the best tree for your personal garden isn’t so simple. You should carefully consider what to plant, since the tree will have a significant place in the garden and can’t be moved around as readily as other perennials or shrubs. It will be around for many years as a joyful presence and should appear handsome throughout the year.

Liquidambar
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greenduck

Our tip for cultivating a richly colored late fall with woody plants: the Liquidambar or sweet gum tree. It’s one of the last to lose its leaves as the year wanes. It’s almost as if it doesn’t want to give up the green gown that budded late in spring and now, in fall, gleams with glorious colors.

Fall leaves
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Author: 

greenduck

If you throw away the autumn leaves from the garden, many nutrients lost for the natural cycle of growth and decay get lost. The dead leaves of trees and shrubs are a very valuable part of the compost and supplement other green waste.

Goldfish
© FLH

Author: 

greenduck

What many don’t know: Even fish can perceive sounds. The ancient Chinese took advantage of the hearing of their goldfish and called the animals with a bell to the pond’s edge at feeding time.

Heath
© Thomas Max Müller / pixelio

Author: 

greenduck

Heath offers an enormous richness of color and many variants for fall and winter. She loves open and exposed spots and can never get too much sun. Heath grows best in moist, well-drained, acidic soil.

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