Garden Design

Helleborus / Christmas Rose
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greenduck

When most garden plants are hibernating, the Christmas Rose with its dark green foliage and radiant flowers provides colour in the winter garden. Purple, white, pink, pale yellow, black or spotted, Christmas roses are the must-haves this winter. Give them a place in the border or fill a couple of baskets.

Englisch Heather
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greenduck

Flowers in winter are seldom in the garden. English heather is the exception here. From October through April the blooms show their colors – red violet, pink, and white. While other plants blossom in spring and summer, its evergreen leaves cover the ground and make a reliably green background.

Lavender, Allium
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greenduck

Combine Allium with Lavendel for an unexpected and striking contrast. Allium, with its large ball-flowers and sturdy stems, is one of the most imposing onion blooms. Its spherical umbels can be very large, like on Allium 'Globemaster.' 



Climbing Roses
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greenduck

Fairytale images appear before our eyes in summer when blooming roses surround archways and doorways, forming a frame of flowers around windows and doors. The term “climbing rose” is actually a bit misleading, since the classic types can't climb up walls on their own like ivy or wild grapes do. Roses need support. To give your roses footing, they need a pergola or an espalier.

Plant Trees and Shrubs
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greenduck

Where is there enough space for a tree, and how about the spot where shrubs will thrive? Avoid buying the wrong plant by mapping out your yard and bringing photos along to the nursery. That’s the way to benefit most from the experts and suss out the right sorts of greenery for your particular layout.

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