“My garden must be beautiful all year round”
Danish garden designer Birgit Helbo has created a garden with a kitchen garden and perennial beds in a beautiful, symmetrical whole, and with a greenhouse for both relaxation and cultivation.
Birgit Helbo lives on the island Funen and has a garden beyond the usual. 43055 square feet in total, landscaped with hedges that divide the large garden into many smaller garden spaces. She calls the garden strict and refers to the stringent symmetry that is repeated throughout the plant.
“It is important to me that the garden is beautiful to look at all year round. In the winter, when the beds are empty, the stringent architecture emerges in the form of the low wooden frames that surround the beds in the kitchen garden. In the summer, the framework dissolves when plants sprout in full bloom, ”says Birgit Helbo.
Small greenhouse, great utility
Birgit Helbo has placed her greenhouse in the corner of the garden where the evening sun's last rays roam the house.
"It's lovely to sit in there and get the last sun of the day," she says.
Even though we are in January, her description of Juliana's Botanica brings images of bright and warm summer evenings to mind. Unlike the rest of the garden, the greenhouse is a smaller model of 88 square feet. It is furnished with two wicker sofas, where four people can sit if they sit close together. Birgit Helbo always plants the tomatoes closely together, so it gives a cosy, cavy atmosphere.
"The tomatoes yield less when they are close, but I like to have a small jungle in the middle of the kitchen garden," she says.
On the floor of the greenhouse, she has burnt tiles, and the house has toughened glass throughout, giving it the aesthetic finish that is so important to Birgit Helbo.
“It is really incredible that such a small house can give so much joy, and it means a lot that the house has a good side height. It gives a really good sense of space, she says.
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Om Nanna Stærmose
Nanna is the Danish writer of many of the articles in the Greenhouse Forum.
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