We’re off to Germany today, where Thomas Vollmert, an optometrist and garden photographer, is showing us around his summer garden.
Here are some pictures from my garden, which is located in North Rhine-Westphalia in central Germany. I have designed the garden myself since 1994. It is a garden of the four seasons. There is always something blooming, and the pictures show my summer garden with the rose blossom in June. Here many roses bloom, such as ‘Appleblossom’, ‘Pink Cloud’, ‘The Fairy’, and ‘Rosarium Uettersen’. There are many perennials and annual summer flowers, combined with grasses and shrubs.
I hope you enjoy the pictures, and I send you garden greetings from Germany!
This is such a classic, romantic garden, with the incredible roses and lush perennials spilling over the edges of the path.
Here we see a garden bed that makes great use of different heights of plants. By using very tall shrubs and perennials in the back, this planting is turned into a dense wall of color and beauty.
Some gardens rely on mulch to cover the ground, but here, dense planting fills every space. The result is a solid tapestry of color and foliage, and as an added bonus, there’s nowhere for weeds to grow.
Absolutely magical! This view looks like something out of a painting, too perfect for real life.
Neatly sheared hedges and topiary wind through the garden. These very formal, tidy elements play perfectly off the wilder, looser growing roses and perennials. The hedges keep the other plants from looking too rough and unkept, and the exuberant roses keep the hedges from seeming too stiff and formal.
A final view of this enchanted garden. I wish I was there, drinking in the smell of those roses!
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