For Replanting: New Shapes for the Allotment Garden

Diagonal structures and colorful beds transform the bare lawn into a place to feel good and successfully integrate the house into the garden.

The starting point for our design proposal

The wooden house is the heart of the long but narrow allotment garden. However, it is a bit lost in the middle of the lawn. The owners would like more atmosphere and privacy in this area of the garden. So far, they have planted hedges of grass to the left and right to prevent prying eyes.

Refined privacy protection

Since high hedges and privacy screens are forbidden in this allotment garden by the local allotment garden statute, four self-made climbing frames made of robinia wood were erected, one of them with a woven vine spiral. This year firebeans are climbing up all the trellises. They offer red flowers, harvest fun and, after a few weeks, sufficient privacy protection. In the next year you can plant something else.

The wooden deck on the garden shed creates a connection between the house and the garden and replaces the improvised step

There is space for a beer tent set or a deck chair on the wooden deck of the garden house, but the deck does not take up too much space. A new favorite spot with a hanging chair has been created to the left of the garden shed. In order to break up the rigid “lawn rectangle”, the flowerbeds and the wooden deck run diagonally. In this way, it is not the garden boundaries that are emphasized, but the beds. The garden becomes more exciting and looks bigger.

Colorful flower beds

Now in spring, the Fireglow ’milkweed and the Ballerina’ tulip are orange. A little later, the cottage garden classics peony ‘Buckeye Belle’ and hollyhock Mars Magic ’bloom in red. The steppe sage ‘Mainacht’ forms an exciting contrast with its upright flower candles in violet blue. It blooms again from May and September. The blood cranesbill ‘Album’ fills the gaps as a ground cover and shows its white flowers from June. To loosen up the existing grass hedge, perennial sunflowers were placed in between. They reach a proud height of 170 centimeters by the time they bloom in August.

Planting plan and shopping list

The planting plan for our design proposal

1) Blood plum ‘Nigra’ (Prunus cerasifera), pink flowers in April, dark red foliage, 2 to 3 cm large fruits, 5 to 7 m high, 3 to 6 m wide, 1 piece; 15 €
2) Perennial sunflower ‘Lemon Queen’ (Helianthus Microcephalus hybrid), light yellow flowers in August and September, 170 cm high, 7 pieces; 30 €
3) Peony ‘Buckeye Belle’ (Paeonia), red, semi-double flowers with yellow stamens in May and June, 100 cm high, 3 pieces; 20 €
4) Steppe sage ‘Mainacht’ (Salvia nemorosa), violet-blue flowers in May and June, second flowering in September, 60 cm high, 12 pieces; 35 €
5) Blood cranesbill ‘Album’ (Geranium sanguineum), white flowers from June to August, 40 cm high, vigorous, forms runners, 40 pieces; 110 €
6) Spurge ‘Fireglow’ (Euphorbia griffithii), orange flowers from April to July, yellow-red autumn color, 80 cm high, 10 pieces; 45 €
7) Lily-flowered tulip ‘Ballerina’ (Tulipa), orange-red flowers in May, long flowering period, 55 cm high, 35 pieces; 20 €
8) Red garden log ‘Rubra’ (Atriplex hortensis), dark red, edible leaves, up to 150 cm high, 8 pieces from seeds, direct sowing from March; 5 €
9) Perennial hollyhock ‘Mars Magic’ (Alcea Rosea-Hybrid) red flowers from May to October, 200 cm high, 4 pieces; 15 €
10) Fir bean (Phaseolus coccineus), bright red flowers, edible pods, climbing plant, 12 pieces from seeds, direct sowing from May; 5 €

(All prices are average prices, which may vary depending on the provider.)

The blood plum is a real all-rounder with picturesque growth, pink flowers and dark red leaves. With delicious fruits, the blood plum also complies with the requirements of the allotment garden statute to cultivate useful plants. At the same time, the tree offers a certain amount of privacy. The leaves go wonderfully with the Rote Gartenmelde, which was sown in different places in the bed and can be processed like spinach. The attractive perennial sunflower ‘Lemon Queen’ (Helianthus Microcephalus hybrid) forms a nice contrast, presenting a multitude of small lemon-yellow flowers every year from August to October.

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