Lars Lund

08 Sep 2020 14:34

10 tips for the new garden

It is time to think innovatively in the garden


Simplicity and fixed boundaries make a garden beautiful. This is why you should avoid gathering too many and different plants, so the garden looks like a colourful magazine. Even though we experience climate changes, palms do not belong in gardens in the northern countries of Europe. Many of our plants in the garden grow naturally in southern countries, but palms which are large trees are unnatural in English gardens. They can be in the conservatory or greenhouse but let them stay there and let the garden be in its natural element.


  1. Think about your garden in several rooms, like your house. Divide your garden’s rooms with for example small hedges or mesh reinforcements with creeper, wickerwork or a beautiful fence. Be careful not to make it messy with too many different materials. Different hedges match better. Rooms make a garden clearer to look at and make it seem bigger.
  2. The cover should be different than those in the public. Wait to make pathways of tiles the first year. You will quickly discover that you might make small shortcuts around the pathways.
  3. You get a lush garden by choosing plants with thick leaves, buying different green nuances and different kinds of leaves.
  4. There needs to be a lot of seats and around the seats, there need to be scented. One seat needs shadow, one needs sun, another needs water nearby and one by a small bonfire.
  5. The terrace should be placed by the house with flowers around it but put some flowers in the garden too. In this way, you’ll be in contact with your garden.
  6. It’s a good idea to make a hideout in the garden, like a pavilion above a pergola or a long pergola you can walk through. It is also a good idea to make a small pantry to enjoy the fresh carrots or strawberries.
  7. Grass can be a beautiful cover and a nice playground for the kids, but you don’t get an easily kept garden by planting only grass. On the contrary, perennials are easy to handle when they are established.
  8. If you don’t have room for a greenhouse find a spot for a bed from where you can grow salad and radish.
  9. Trees create a ceiling in your garden. Be careful not to choose too large trees, you should rather choose some fruit trees, they are beautiful and bring joy.
  10. Before you start, draw a few sketches of your garden or get a professional to do it.

Om Lars Lund

Lars Lund
Danish horticulturist and journalist
Lars Lund has for many years engaged in the garden and greenhouse. Lars has published many books about greenhouses, and he has participated in many Danish horticultural TV shows. He is a walking garden encyclopaedia, and he has answers for most basic cultivation questions – also the more ambitious ones.  

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