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Serene Garden in Germany

Simple elegant design

small purple flowers in front of a view of the garden

Today we’re off to Germany visiting a beautiful landscape, with photos taken and shared with us by Michael Frick of a landscape created by Michael’s father, Werner Frick Winhöring.

view of the garden pool through treesIt is easy to see the Japanese influence in this landscape, with still water and stone creating much of the landscape’s drama and form.

small purple flowers in front of a view of the gardenA few airy sprays of purple Verbena bonariensis (Zones 7–10 or as an annual) soften the stone of the landscape.

Dramatic low angles of sunlight bring out the magic in this space.

another view of the garden pool with rustic garden fence in the backgroundThe water feature is quite unusual—with a strict, formal rectangular center surrounded by water spreading out into a more naturalistic, informal gravel edge. I also love the wattle fence in the background. Branches woven between the upright stakes form this fence. They can be made from branches cut specifically for that purpose, or made from fallen branches that would otherwise be thrown away.

open lawn leading to the gardenOpen lawns set off the stones of the landscape.

close up of Verbena bonariensis with garden pool behindVerbena bonariensis is sometimes called a “see-through” plant because the open, airy stems allow you to enjoy its blooms and see the landscape behind it. The purple flowers are also much loved by pollinators.

For more, check out Werner’s (@werner_frick_winhoering) and Michael’s (@fricktion_official) instagram pages.


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    treasuresmom 08/04/2022

    Love seeing what gardeners grow in other countries.

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    simplesue 08/04/2022

    The GPOD email reminders are not showing up in email, but I remembered to come see the featured garden- and so glad I did!
    Such a serene and unique water feature, modern yet natural with the perfect simple accent of purple Verbena bonariensis around it.
    I feel so drawn to it as seen in the photo with the lawn and the water feature in the distance.
    So beautiful!

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      treasuresmom 08/05/2022

      Sue, I'm not getting them either. I resubscribed but still not getting them.

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        CAlexander 08/16/2022

        Hi there! We are transitioning our e-letter software and are unfortunately having some hiccups as we move everything over! It should be resolved soon! So sorry for any inconvenience!

  3. cynthia2020 08/04/2022

    Gorgeous. Love it.

  4. btucker9675 08/04/2022

    Stunning.... so tranquil and lovely.

  5. katherine_8 08/04/2022

    So peaceful and serene. Congratulations to your dad on creating such a lovely retreat in your own backyard. Lovely!!

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    vanhatalosuomi 08/16/2022

    Lovely garden. Thank you for sharing your beautiful space!

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