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Gardening on the Slopes of the Himalayas

Gardening ideas from the other side of the world

Today we’re visiting Tanya Kukreti’s garden in India.

In four years, my garden went from nothing to this. I live on the slopes of the Himalayas in northern India. We bought this land a decade back, and it did not have a single tree. So we built our garden from scratch.

If you live on the slopes of the Himalayas, you get views aplenty and a steep, sloping garden that might seem like a challenge. I love the contrast between the wild-looking daisies (Leucanthemum vulgare, Zones 3–9) growing in informal drifts around the formal, round ponds filled with water lilies.

A wall of geraniums (Pelargonium, Zones 9–11 or as annuals) fills this space with brilliant color. Placing rows and rows of pots on tiered shelves like this makes a really dramatic statement in a small space, and limiting the planting to one variety keeps the display unified and prevents it from feeling too busy. I’m totally stealing this idea for my back deck next year!

An enormous crown of thorns (Euphorbia milii, Zones 9–11 or as a houseplant) covered in red blooms is backed up by the dramatic leaves of Philodendron bipinnatifidum (Zones 10–11 or as a houseplant). These beautiful plants bring a lot of drama and color to a shaded area, and if you live somewhere too cold for them, during the winter they can come inside and live on as houseplants until spring.

A lush bed full of flowers, with views of the mountains behind.

A white flowered vine (it looks like it could be sweet autumn clematis, Clematis terniflora, Zones 4–9) tumbles dramatically down a stone retaining wall. If you have a steep site, letting vines spill over edges is a great way to add flowers and beauty to otherwise inaccessible areas.


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    treasuresmom 09/23/2019

    Wow! I love to see what people in other countries are doing. This is all so pretty. Can you tell us about your weather?

  2. btucker9675 09/23/2019

    Lovely, and so creative! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Musette1 09/23/2019

    What stunning views and a gorgeous garden. What zone is this?

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    simplesue 09/23/2019

    My internet was down all day and I almost forgot to look for the Fine Garden email! I'm so glad I got to see all your beautiful garden photos! Love the large grouping of Geraniums, it's so cheerful, and the gorgeous ponds, and love the idea of an autumn bloom clematis as a hanging vine instead of climbing up something! So inspired by all you shared here! And great fun seeing gardens in India and the mountains with fog! All so beautiful and exotic!

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    vanhatalosuomi 09/24/2019

    Thanks for sharing your garden!
    Very interesting! I really liked your photos & garden choices.

  6. adeline_kong 09/25/2019

    What an amazing view and garden

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    RonaldTague 10/08/2019


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