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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