Our Garden 2021


Our garden

Our garden consists of several areas, like in a house that has rooms, only there are different "garden rooms". Our garden is used in the summer by me and my husband and our three children and our friends and our three cats. And because we like to be outside so much in summer, it's really good that we have so many cozy corners. Here I would like to take you on a walk through our imperfect, ever-changing garden.:

The Mediterranean corner

This is my favorite corner because the sun almost always shines here. This is where I usually sit with my coffee, nicely hidden, and enjoy the view. I

I wanted to create a Mediterranean oasis here, with scents of lavender and catnip, intoxicating aromas of roses and a babbling fountain. Holiday feelings for every day at home.

And some Mediterranean exotics should move in: A three-leaved, hardy bitter orange, a persimmon tree (Nikita's gift hardy to -24°), a fig tree, and two Wagnerian hemp palms (Unfortunately, the exotics are still bitching about it, but I hope that you will be fine in 2022 make big leaps in growth, bloom and surprise us in autumn with figs, persimmons and bitter oranges?). The fountain murmurs soothingly. However, we had to lay a power cable under the lawn. The solar pumps did not manage the 80 cm height difference from the lower pool to the ball at the top. A corner to enjoy!

The lime yellow and purple-blue side border

Refreshing lime yellow interspersed with indigo blue and purple flowers and blue-grey foliage should create excitement in this curved border.

In spring, small reticulated irises bloom here (here is information about the orchid irises that bloom in this bed as early as February:

An Exotic Spring Surprise)

Wild yellow tulips and yellow daffodils and blue grape hyacinths follow later. In early summer, the yellow lady's mantle shines brightly with the purple tones of catnip and sage. Then the beautiful lime-yellow Mediterranean spurge also blooms.

Details about the perennials in the bed above can be found here:

My 10 most beautiful companion perennials

Yellow roses, purple clematis, purple asters (from Grandma's garden) and perennial sunflowers bloom here later in the year.

You can find the exact planting plan and before and after photos of the development of the lime yellow-purple bee border here.

The coffee table under the apple tree

In the shade under the apple tree you can enjoy togetherness and homemade fruit cake. The ornate aluminum furniture is totally great and indestructible (and inexpensive) and can. stay outside all year round.

The coffee corner under the apple tree is designed so that you can enjoy the garden even in winter: here are

My 6 best tips to be able to enjoy the garden even in winter

In the shade of the apple tree numerous bluebells (blue harebells) grow with the ferns and hostas and autumn anemones. The candlestick is only decoration, the wind blows the candles out very quickly...

In addition to the ferns is the bearded iris bed, which has its big appearance from May to June. Here you will find care tips for the iris:c

Iris Plant of a Goddess

Before and after photos of the bed under the apple tree and lots of tips for planting trees can be found here.

The after-work hanging chair

A swing for young and old has been hanging on the stump of the old cherry tree for a long time, on which the evening sun shines (Here you can find all my favorite swings:

swinging makes you happy)

When we bought the lawn robot, it was clear: it will not reach this area. Since then I've been experimenting with what grows well in this dry, shady spot and still exudes some jungle feeling. The pearl basket (next to the tree trunk) likes it, elf flowers, and between the stepping stones the Japanese snake beard grows like black grass.

The garden dining room

Our garden dining room is used a lot and is surrounded by a flower bed with a pergola. I haven't been too happy with that so far, so I transplanted the perennials this fall and I'm excited to see the effect next year. My favorite roses also grow here:

My 10 absolute favorite roses - fabulously filled, healthy leaves and optimally adapted to our climate

The monastery garden

Our herb, kitchen and snack garden in front of the house is divided into square beds surrounded by wood. A paved path leads through it, which is divided by two rose roundels. The beds are easily accessible from all sides and the beds are completely protected from the wind by the wooden edge and the plants thrive very well. Unlike a raised bed, these lowered beds need to be watered less. The complex is actually designed after an old monastery garden

The Hosta Staircase

Stairs lead from the terrace into the garden, on whose mostly shady steps my hosta thrive in pots. Countless alliums grow in the bed next to the stairs, which are later replaced by roses in orange, apricot and salmon tones. Cranesbill Rozanne also blooms here from June until frost.

The terrace

Our terrace is directly adjacent to the living room and is our lounge area in summer. On the comfortable couches you can lounge and read wonderfully and also sleep. There is enough space here for many people.

The entrance

we planted this year with evergreen, drought-tolerant perennials and shrubs, these pictures are from 2019.

The well comes from the previous owners, unfortunately it never pumped water, we water it with rainwater from giant barrels we dug in ourselves.

The rocking chair is in the Sleeping Beauty Garden, a narrow section next to the neighboring property that is planted with pink roses.

The breakfast bench in the scented rose corner at the end of the monastery garden did not have enough space, so the juniper trees behind the bench are cleared here in spring and the seating area is made more spacious and brighter.

The triangular meditation terrace was also newly created in spring 2020. Next year everything will definitely bloom as luxuriantly as I imagine, the walls are covered with lots of clematis, which will take a while before they unfold their full splendor.

What is your favorite corner in your garden and why? What do you think should not be missing in any cooking? I would be very happy about your ideas, suggestions and comments!

Best regards




12/17/2021 Susanna from https://SIC-GARDEN-BLOG.DE

Hello Marion,

your garden is absolutely magical! You have designed various attractive garden rooms that you will definitely feel very comfortable in! Looking at the photos makes you look forward to next spring and summer. Greetings from my garden,


Dear Susanna,

Thank you very much for your message. This is the right time of year for anticipation and garden planning. The many successful plant combinations and the beautiful photos of your garden on your blog inspired me to come up with new garden ideas.

Kind regards Marion

01/20/2022 Brita

Dear Ms. Otto, ever since we met, I have been curious about your garden and now I enjoyed walking around, marveling at the many beautiful, romantic corners with enthusiasm. Her passion for gardening can be felt everywhere and the lively, varied design ideas are sure to never end. Thanks very much! I immediately felt like getting started again and will definitely keep checking back to see what's up to date whenever I need some inspiration. And I also recognized your wonderful flower arrangements. Gardening greetings from the heart! In connection


Dear Brita,

thank you very much for your kind words! Sincerely Marion