Annette's magnificent garden - this is how she creates a cozy feeling of 5,000 square meters
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Hjärupslund, where Annette Ljunggren Persson lives, is a really old farm, with a more "newly built" dwelling house from the end of the 19th century. What was once the farm's arable land is today built up and part of the small Scanian community Hjärup outside Lund. What remains is the dwelling house with outbuildings and a really large plot.
Despite the fact that residential areas and apartment buildings now surround the whole of Hjärupslund, you do not notice much of them in the courtyard and in the garden. Partly because the place is completely surrounded by tall hedges and has many larger protective trees, partly due to the generous surfaces. The gravel courtyard outside the house is huge, the kitchen garden large, the flower beds many meters deep and the pergola aisle magnificent.
- I do not think it is particularly strange or magnificent, Annette protests. It sounds too "nice" - but it's big. Personally, I have therefore often experienced it as quite difficult to make the garden feel cozy and cozy. But I have done the best I could, a little at a time.
It does not work with difficult-to-flirt plants that require a lot of extra fuss and crafts to survive.
The pergola walk does not leave anyone untouched. The passage of Öland limestone leads through a tunnel dotted with flowers from blue-violet wisteria and bright yellow golden rain which then turns into white wisteria. The ground is covered by a compact carpet of funkia, sock flower and hazelnut. Photo: Anna Örnberg
Under a roof of white wisteria, the shadow garden spreads out. Here is cool and nice. The ground is covered with shade green and sock flower, with hints of ostrich bracts. Photo: Anna Örnberg
Annette with the dog Happy. Photo: Anna Örnberg
It is quiet and peaceful, with a calm feeling that otherwise mostly finds itself far out in the country. Annette and her husband Gert have lived here for well over thirty years, and it is not only the garden that has been transformed in the meantime, but also its owners.
- From the beginning I was not overly interested, admits Annette. At our previous house, we rented out garden planning and facilities. The focus was that it would be easy to maintain. But when we came here, there was already a "garden" - even though it was quite miserable and consisted of a dull lawn and overgrown old bushes.
It started with Annette digging out part of the lawn to make a flower bed. As the discounts became more and bigger, her interest grew. With her boots firmly driven into the ground, she found it easier to make plans and see opportunities to further develop her garden a little at a time.
- I joined the Swedish Garden Amateurs (STA) early. Most people there collect different plants. I do not, but it is very important to me which plants come in here, and through STA you get an enormous amount of plant knowledge.
Purple balls of Allium float over the ostrich brakes and blue funk 'Halcyon'.Photo: Anna Örnberg
The circular lawn island, inhabited by a hen and two chickens in mega format, is a striking eye-catcher in the courtyard. The birds are cut from yew. Photo: Anna Örnberg
The perennial beds are many meters deep, densely planted to be as easy to care for as possible. Annette mixes both trees and shrubs in the flower beds, to fill in and provide shade for the plants. Photo: Anna Örnberg
The large glass balls that form the eye-catcher under the courtyard birch are old buoys without nets. Photo: Anna Örnberg
Annette is not the type to go to the garden store and do spontaneous shopping. Before planting new supplements, she reads carefully before she finally decides. It is not enough that a plant is good-looking, or perhaps could be comfortable with the plant conditions, for it to be allowed to enter its flower beds. It also needs to be a robust survivor.
- It does not work with difficult-to-flirt plants that require a lot of extra work and crafts to survive. The size of the garden probably makes it so labor-intensive, so I try to make smart plant choices. Ideally, the plants should do decently well on their own, Annette explains.
Although it is important for Annette that there are "right" plants, they do not have to be particularly rare. Nor is it necessary to have many different varieties - quite the opposite in fact. With the large areas available, she prefers to plant many of the same plant and to repeat the same combinations around the garden to create mass effect.
- I have to paint with large, wide brushstrokes for it to look anything. A plant of any kind would not be visible at all and would only be worrying to the eye.
The flowers are not the most important thing for Annette either, but she mainly plays with the foliage and combines different colors, shapes and structures on them.
The large clusters of wisteria give a striking effect. Photo: Anna Örnberg
Australian geranium is one of Annette's odd favorites. It becomes bushy with small flowers on long, hanging stems. Photo: Anna Örnberg
The spice garden is formally built with four hedge-enclosed cultivation blocks. In the foreground, the hedge consists of newly planted yew, and further away, boxwood can be seen. In the background is the whitewashed "tomato house". Photo: Anna Örnberg
The rusty storage table is filled with pots. A lime green alum root stands out against the dark green background, which consists of a tall, sharply cut hedge of boxwood. Photo: Anna Örnberg
With large areas, you have to pay more attention to the design itself. Just filling the flower beds with perennials does not go far. It requires trees, shrubs and hedges that give the surfaces structure, as well as trellis and pergola passages.
With both walls and ceilings that fill up the garden room, you get a quick effect - the striking pergola passage along the south end of the house is a great example. Annette drew inspiration from the famous garden at Barnsley House in England. Gert's welding skills came into use when the couple then built a long tunnel, like a metal skeleton, over the passage of Öland limestone. On both sides, golden rain is lined up over purple Allium balls, just like at Barnsley House. The branches lie over the roof of the pergola passage, so that the large flower clusters hang down from the roof. Blue-violet wisteria has crept in at the same time - the golden rain will face competition in the future. In the second, rear part of the pergola passage, only white wisteria grows.
- I actually do not like yellow, but I think that the combination of intense yellow with purple Allium and the blue-green leaves of the blue funk is so delicious, says Annette. And it's just a short period in early summer - the rest of the year there is no yellow here.
The large open courtyard in front of the house is framed by greenery. Annette has cut bushes and created a green island with a chicken family of yew. The light foliage of the tulip tree can be seen at the top, and in the flowerbed on the right grows dark-leafed alum root and columbine. Photo: Anna Örnberg
With the greenhouse sunk 80 centimeters below the ground, the climate improves. The ground insulates - it gets warmer in winter and cooler in summer. Photo: Anna Örnberg
The old stemmed hazel forms a roof over a seating area in the shade. In the background is a portal in the ivy. Photo: Anna Örnberg
The beautiful pergola corridor with golden rain and Allium is inspired by a similar combo in the English garden Barnsley House. Photo: Anna Örnberg
There is much else here, of course. The courtyard in front of the house is another example of how Annette works with bushy gestures to fill the many square meters. The courtyard is practical, but in order for the vast area to also be called beautiful, plantings are laid out along the outer edges - mainly trimmed shrubs of privet and boxwood in groups, but also elephant dung, apparently planted directly in the gravel. A circular lawn forms a green island in the sea of gravel - an effective grip. The island is inhabited by a hen and her two chickens in giant shape, sculpturally cut from yew.
Annette prefers to live on the surface behind the outbuilding. Here she has her greenhouses and the formally landscaped garden, with hedge-fenced neighborhoods. What was once mainly a utility garden with spice plantations is changing shape to a more flowering place with perennials. The larger greenhouse is sunk into the ground to have a better year-round climate. By hanging bubble wrap like curtains under the glazed roofs, Annette keeps the greenhouse frost-free, so that it serves as winter storage for sensitive plants. She also uses it for seeds and to drive seedlings from cuttings - both because it is fun and because her own plant propagation is a necessity to be able to continue to fill in the flower beds.
A "potted garden", with plants in all kinds of tubs and vessels, is a quick way to create nice plantings that take up space and fill up. In addition, the pots can be easily renewed and changed. The beautiful rainbow lupine 'Salmon Star' stands out. Photo: Anna Örnberg
The pots gather against the north wall. Simple benches and tables are quickly built of boards on top of sturdy supports of metal baskets, pots or other finds. Photo: Anna Örnberg
The pergola passage ends in a wall with ivy, from which a lion's head sprays water into a semicircular vessel. Photo: Anna Örnberg
And continues to replenish she does! Once moderately entertained by gardening, Annette is now a full-fledged enthusiast, who prefers to spend all daylight hours outdoors. And it is not difficult for her to find excuses to be held - on the contrary. There is work here all the time, and considering how neatly well-kept the plot is, you notice that Annette rarely rests.
- Sometimes I wish I was not quite so orderly of myself. It takes so much time for hard work, and I would like more time to tinker, decorate and donate. But you are who you are, she states.
Yes, but it's not so bad, to be like Annette. It has resulted in an absolutely fantastic garden.
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That's what I hear when we meet on a Saturday morning for a conversation in and about the garden on Englabacken where Anna-Karin lives.
That's what I hear when we meet on a Saturday morning for a conversation in and about the garden on Englabacken where Anna-Karin lives. It is November but unbelievably warm the sun where we sit. The grass is still green and one or two leaves are still in place.
- You must have frames! Walls and ceilings, otherwise there will be no garden in my opinion. Anna-Karin is determined in her conviction and she goes on to say that when she moved into the house and garden in 1996, the framework was actually already in place. Nests growing up, yes Ölandstok you can have many opinions about but that it blooms long and well. Not completely crazy anyway! So why change! - Otherwise I'm not so fond of yellow or orange, but since I live in a yellow house, you are allowed to shake the principles.
For Anna-Karin, who has read garden magazines all her life, it all started with… it was once! As a little girl, she was greatly impressed by the neighbor's house, which had a narrow winding corridor with crops on the side. Personally, I see in front of me my own drawings as a child, always a house, always two trees and always a gravel path with flowers along it. The image of a home and maybe the feeling of walking in crumbling gravel, embraced and a little exciting, I also think.
To eventually gain garden wisdom
The image that Anna-Karin has with her garden comes from different sources of inspiration and experiences over the years. Her time as an au-pair in England provided just that with hedges, shrubs and trees creating those frames that are so important. To get a roomy feeling of walls and ceilings. When Anna-Karin now creates in her garden, it is precisely shrubs and trees that can take up more space, rather than perennials. A choice that is conscious the more garden-like she becomes! Favorite right now is the firefly diabolo Diabolo Diable d’or which has a slightly busier growing method than the more upright growing variety!
Another image that has made an impression is the Japanese garden, she has started a part of the garden that will be that quiet and secluded garden room. But then there were a few pieces of the puzzle that are missing that right now have to be left behind. Anna-Karin needs to devote her focus and energy to healing in a cancer diagnosis and then the garden must be allowed to stand back and only be allowed to contribute with a healing power.
To be the man you are in your garden
We go over and talk about that with garden projects and garden life! As I said… in the mind and thought, there are only wonderful dreams and grand plans. There are no restrictions in such, either in body or bud! - Something I'm good at is that with transitions between surfaces, the edges! Something that stems from the fact that I hate to redo, I kind of need to dig a little, take a step back and think and then dig a little more. And as it turns out right! Her wet bed project is a part of the garden that is impressive and even more so after hearing her tiring story about the peat that refuses to get wet! I think in my quiet mind how different we are, so I myself do not hesitate to change. Do-and-ready is my hallmark in the garden. Would perhaps not like to call it a "fast-and-error" attitude, ie more of a "trial-and-error" strategy.
Is there anything you have done crazy in the garden, I wonder? Anna-Karin thinks, she can not even remember if any plant has even been streaked with, yes except those that the deer chew up. - Yes, I would have made a bigger pond! Anna-Karin has really made a trip in it. She giggles a little to herself, since those staggering little attempts at the beginning of her garden trip. To dig a small ditch of 50 cm to a discount, as a result she knows better, to create a garden requires wide brushes and solid grip! So yes, a larger pond would have been desirable!
Must be in the garden
Weeding! Two solid rounds in one year, in the spring and late August.
Preferably not in the garden
Many perennials! I prefer trees and shrubs nowadays.
Necessary in the garden
My Pioneer. And if I may continue…. fir sprouts and conifers
Unnecessary in the garden
Some fists are totally wasted for me, even though I have them… I should replace them! Although maybe it's a bit unnecessary to be a bit of a zone breaker, but I like the challenge. Right now I'm proud of my Korean flower dogwood “China Girl” (zone 3), and ham camelia, it only goes to zone 2!
To open his heart and garden
For many years, Anna-Karin has opened her garden to visitors. There have been garden stamps, a thousand gardens, garden associations and many many others. She has heartily and generously shared her garden life. - But I get so much back! All the tips you get and the estimates for what I myself have created. Then I can not hide under the chair that I like confirmation!
At Anna-Karin I always feel inspired and walking around her garden always gives more taste. She has an infectious enthusiasm and I am always happy to meet her. The lovely aisle at the back with wet plants and shade and coniferous plants gives me a very calm. The gravel section with small mini-plants is fun to follow. The summer flowers that she grows and fills urns and is happy to share!
It was Anna-Karin's garden that made me see and appreciate the plant. In the past, for me, gardening was just a way to paint with color and shape. She made me open my eyes to plants. In this way, she showed that it is the combination of the garden's expression and the knowledge of the plant that makes the whole. Then I love her English feel and the aisles.
"I just take a chance"
Actually, it's not just a big house, but an old farm from 1895.
- At first we only bought the house and the land up to the end of the stable. The rest was actually to be demolished and a construction company involved was planning to build villas there. Our contract stated that if they did not receive a building permit, we were obliged to buy the remaining part with a stable building and barn for a hundred thousand, and so it was.
They started by renovating the residential building, then the stable which was converted into a garage, storage room and rental premises. The old barn was demolished because it was in too bad a condition.
Today the house has a fantastic garden, but from the beginning Annette was not interested in the garden at all.
- It was the house I thought was nice. I like to mix old and new and you could do that here.
The plot, which is 7,000 square meters, consisted of a large garden with lawn, hedges, tall trees, some lilacs, forsythias, schersmin and apple trees.
- The garden was overgrown but at the same time I liked it. It was large and overgrown, but easy to maintain. It was just a little cleaning and mowing the lawn. In one place I found some peonies, but I wanted more flowers, so we removed some shrubs. Then more and more bushes were removed and in the end it became a whole long discount.
- Then I made a pergola which was later also extended. Everything is done completely without any well-thought-out plan. I'm just taking a chance. My interest in gardening has come gradually.
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Gerhard August Hermann-Hänsch from Bavaria - also called Gustl - is 49 years old and a trained blacksmith. He really wanted to become a carpenter and now he is building imaginative projects on a large scale. In addition to the single master Aeryn, he has also built a picturesque witch house behind his own house. His friends call him an artist and a real "doer" who does instead of just planning and talking.
The skilled blacksmith from Bavaria has built a spectacular cruiser - on land.
Bavarian house builder Gustl Hänsch does not spend too much time planning. He prefers instead to start immediately, for example by building a large pirate ship in wood!
Gustl Hänsch has even decorated his pirate ship with tables, benches and a beer tap - to be able to invite guests on board for dinner.
Gustl is far from finished with the pirate ship that now stands in his garden in Bavaria.
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'This beautifully illustrated book serves as an informative guide to the principles and techniques of contemporary Scandinavian garden design. The author has a keen sensitivity to the natural elements of the landscape, especially light and stone. This is a coffee table – worthy lookbook brimming with ideas and aesthetic integrity. It will stimulate possibilities for gardens well below the northern reaches of the Scandinavian latitudes. ' - Publishers Weekly
'With her new book, New Nordic Gardens, Annika Zetterman is shining a light on the brilliance of landscape design throughout Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland. Zetterman walks us through how to create a visually interesting garden throughout the seasons. If anyone knows how to highlight the virtues of every season, it would be Scandinavians, who make living through the harshest winter look like a pure delight by embracing darkness. ' - Gardenista
'After flipping through Annika Zetterman's New Nordic Gardens, we welcome the Nordic storm.' - Better Homes & Gardens
Admirable and beautiful winter apples | February 2021
Cherry blossoms in February, is that possible ?! Yes, it actually is. The mighty winter cherry tree, Prunus x subhirtella, actually blooms on bare twigs from November until the winter, depending on where it is planted. Even snow-covered branches can make any tree look like it is blooming on a bare twig. Some trees that, however, really catch my eye are the winter apples, which hang in full color, yellow, red large fruits, through our toughest time, winter, darkness and cold, without blinking. Winter apples are real survivors and I am fascinated to think that these fruits have been with us for so long, and what a strong connection and value they have to our Nordic gardens. Admirable and beautiful.
A tribute to nature and the landscape around you | January 2021
Do you belong to a happy crowd with stunning views of nature and the surrounding landscape, seen from your garden? Congratulations! Views that speak to you can be beautifully transferred to, and extend your own garden, whether it is a pool that communicates with a nearby lake or bay, or whether it is a flower meadow that merges with a field, as well as tree crowns that meet your garden pillars for trees. In Japan, the concept of "borrowing a view" or "borrowing a landscape" for shakkei is called a technology where distant views are integrated and become part of the design. By extension, the garden does not mean captive, but becomes as alive as the landscape outside, while a screened garden lives its own life, and in a way in captivity. There is much to learn from Japan's gardens and how they masterfully celebrate nature and all living things.
A Splendid Scandinavian Garden Year | December 2020 | January 2021
2020, what a marvelous year in the world of gardens! Never before have I seen such dedication and commitment in pursuing garden- and landscape projects, with a focus on thriving environments for people as well as wild life. This year marked the 10th anniversary of Zetterman Garden Design, and I am humbled that one of our gardens received a prestigious international award and to have completed more projects than ever. This year, our Scandinavian garden design approach reached new grounds with several projects overseas, which is tremendously exciting. Although uncertain times, we look forward to 2021 with great enthusiasm to create and bring out the best of every outdoor space, to continue to learn and work with passion, to create gardens with integrity and elegance. Huge thanks to everyone I had the opportunity to work with this year for your creative and open minded views, your positive outlook, your skills and hardworking manners! May peace and joy stay with you during the holidays and Cheers to a fresh, green and bright 2021!
The garden is here! | December 2020
With the last month of the year, we, all those who have contributed to a greener world, can keep the flag at the top. A year of gardening, well-being, greenery, cultivation, curiosity and closeness to mother earth is coming to an end. If I guess right, we have a year ahead of us with at least as much effervescent energy over our local environment and do most and the best for a sustainable life and society. Warm thanks to everyone who has contributed, thought, planned and acted for a better, greener and more prosperous world this year. A big thank you to everyone I myself worked with in creative environments and all the wonderful gardens that we created together. 2021 stands for the door, full of new, wonderful brushstrokes and sods!
Take in the elements of nature in the pool | November 2020
An outdoor pool is a must in many gardens. If you are planning for a pool, keep in mind that it will be one of the major features of the garden. Think about the location, and how it relates to the rest of the garden, but also take into account how the water and the color are experienced. Often a pool liner, a cloth is chosen. A water that mimics our nature, and the color scale we have in the north, rests naturally in the ground, does not penetrate but feels comfortable. Your pool can become a beautiful piece of jewelery in the garden if it is planned in the right way, both where it is located and how it is experienced aesthetically. In the garden in the picture, the rock wall was developed and integrated into the composition. The dark gray, 3D liner has life in both pattern and structure, which means that the pool marries the mountain. A wonderful feeling and illusion of swimming in the depths of a cliff.
Moses burning bush, a light in the autumn darkness | October 2020
The October darkness, the clear feeling that autumn has made its entrance here. We have a warm autumn and it is still excellent to plant, change and renew in planting beds. Today, however, is a day when the light is low and the feeling is that daylight is absent. Looking back at flashes of light in the photo archive from the summer can give energy and foresight, as this picture I took in June when Moses' burning bush caught the light, which shone through the petals. It is an aromatic, fragrant shrub that emits an essential oil, but can also cause irritation and skin damage if planted and cared for carefully. However, beautiful so that it teaches.
A postcard from the garden | September 2020
Late summer is filled to the brim with exciting projects, roof terraces, Mediterranean gardens, gardens enclosed in greenery and those with wide views where the sky creates a new work of art night after night. It's so amazing that the use and creativity of the garden's possibilities has received focus this year! Healthy thoughts about the value of cultivation, quality of life and taking care of the beautiful and rich that are nearby. I hope it also contributes to a curiosity in young people and children, with as much play, creativity and learning a garden can provide. Interesting how the effort was to go away before, and convey the beauty from other places, while there is just as much to convey in our own vicinity. Enjoy September, usually a wonderful season, filled with opportunities to plant and reflect.
Beautiful gardens in Mallorca with Besuto Homes! | August 2020
With gardens on a high and a fantastic summer coming to an end, it's with great excitement that a new chapter is about to begin. After 10 years designing gardens in London and another 10 years in Stockholm, I will start collaborating with property developer Besuto Homes in Mallorca. Together we will create unique living spaces and beautiful gardens, with respect for the rich design heritage of the Balearic Islands. Stay tuned for our first project in Palma coming soon!
Nordic, stripped down and sober. Powerful and well thought out. | August 2020
Late summer and a fantastic garden are entering a new phase. New gardens are planned on the assembly line and the autumn planting begins. I try to make time to revisit landscaped gardens to see how both vegetation and hardy materials have calmed down, to see how bumblebees and bees buzz and have a nice conversation about how the garden is used and appreciated. This autumn I plan to take our Nordic gardens to another arena, outside Scandinavia. Looking forward to this! Nordic, stripped down and sober. Powerful and well thought out.
Late summer vibes and a fantastic year of garden design and gardens are entering a new phase. What’s a garden worth? “More than ever before” is the answer, when speaking to both clients as well as professionals in the property industry. Lockdown has resulted in a change of priorities and people seeking outdoor spaces like never before. New gardens are being created and the next planting season begins. I try to make time to visit complete gardens as much as possible, to see both vegetation thriving and hard landscaping settling, notice bees and butterflies enjoying the gardens and having conversations with the people living in and using the space. This autumn I am planning to take our Nordic gardens to a new arena, outside Scandinavia. I look forward to this with huge enthusiasm! Nordic, bare and natural. A hit in most cases!
Blue winds, flowering and soft water | July 2020
The feeling of total freedom, with open seas, flourishing landscapes and balmy winds here. Finally. This year we spend more time than ever in the garden and nature. Sales of plants and construction of pools are rising to new heights. Perhaps it is only natural that we seek water and plants to find balance in life - blue and green - colors that have a calming and health-promoting effect. Seeing live water and plants germinate has a positive impact on us. Life and life in July, I hope everyone takes in and manages in the best way to stand strong in autumn and winter, when we need to bring power out of the supplies. Boost your prey with as much blue and green eye can take in this summer!
10th anniversary of Zetterman Garden Design | June 2020
This week marks the 10th anniversary of Zetterman Garden Design. Years of
Creative freedom and trust gained by amazing clients and partners.
Respect for Scandinavian design heritage and our stunning natural landscape.
Joy collaborating with highly skilled craftsmen carrying out the work.
A decade later, Zetterman Garden Design is an award-winning practice with a prominent portfolio of work, gardens and landscapes created with integrity, simplicity and passion. I look forward to grow on past success, to continue to learn and to face every new project with curiosity and spread goodness around. I hope you will join me on my journey!
Silver Award Winner! | May 2020
I am delighted to announce that one of my gardens recently won a Silver Award in the APLD International Landscape Design Awards program, in the USA. The program honors excellence in landscape design by recognizing individual landscape designers and their projects. Projects are judged on the basis of difficulty, craftsmanship, attention to detail and execution, with judging criteria on project creativity, technical merit, plant design and overall design.
I am very honored to receive this award and would like to thank the Association of Professional Landscape Designers and the judging committee for recognizing my work!
Plant choice for your garden has significant effects | May 2020
Lately, we have had to adapt to a new life, working from home and with more time to see what our local environments and gardens look like. Many are planning a summer without major trips, and the garden has come into focus for a wonderful outdoor life and holiday at home. Given what our world looks like and how much damage occurs in an unhealthy environment, it is worth asking also in the context of gardening how you can contribute to a sustainable, healthy and ethical garden. I will make a deep dive into the plant kingdom that shows how much your choices can contribute to a healthy, strong and sustainable future.
In an ideal world, we would only import seeds and microfed plants. However, this is not the reality, but all forms and kinds of plants are sold and transported around the world. So why should we be thoughtful about which plants we buy? What is the difference between working with domestic plants and imported? Will my choices save the world? Maybe our plant choices do not save the world, but they definitely help the world to help your local environment, your garden and yourself, with the very best of intentions. Think about this when choosing and purchasing plants.
1. Provenance. This determines the quality and health of a plant. A native plant, which has been cared for from seed to finished plant, with soil control, nutrient pruning and pest control is usually a very strong, resistant and beautiful plant. Always ask about the plant when you buy it if it is a genetically native plant, and where the seed comes from, and how the plant has been cared for.
Not knowing a plant's provenance can mean that the plant you buy is a weak and unhealthy plant, which contributes marginally to the garden's ecosystem, nor does it significantly enrich the life of smiths and important microorganisms. The plant is less resistant to diseases and in the worst case, it carries diseases to your garden. Even if controls are made we import plants, we can not trust these to one hundred percent.
Price. It is easy to react to price and fall for a cheap alternative. Imported plants are often cheaper than domestic ones. Take the provenance into account. Our domestic plants have, in a unique way, adapted to our country, conditions and climate in the Nordic countries for over centuries. These individuals, with ancestry in Sweden, are survivors and through their genetics and adaptation over time in our environment. Try to challenge your creative side, and work with only native plants in your garden planning - I make sure that the palette is fantastic and that both learning and beauty come with the purchase
3. Small insects and micro-life. A plant is considered native, if it occurs and has occurred naturally in a region, without man carrying it with him. Over the long period of time, these plants have created a relationship with the small animals that have also been with us for centuries.These plants and animals live in symbiosis with each other, and together form sustainable habitats, and in the long run, reasons why we and life itself can exist right here. Domestic plants add a rich food supply to our wildlife every season and it is therefore important that planting is created that gives the garden something all year round. Everything from nectar to pollination for bees and butterflies, to nuts and fruits that are essential for our wildlife. Exotic plants, which do not occur naturally in our environment, do not provide the same support to small animals. They can also become invasive, competing with our natural flora.
Climate. A native plant, which is well established and planted in the right place, requires little maintenance and has a positive impact on a stable climate. These native plants thrive in our soil, and with our weather changes and seasons. This in turn leads to less care, irrigation and pest infestation. As a rule, domestic root systems are large and deep, and can even absorb larger amounts of rain and bind the soil. We save both the environment, time and money.
5. Prevent invasive plants and alien species. Is it time to stop giving in to water and instead challenge for creative expression with the beautiful palette of plants we have access to? Most of our native plants have amazing qualities, magnificent flowering, colors, seasonal accents, berries and living environment for animals. Of course, exotic plants have historically been imported with successful results and without negative effects. Unfortunately, this is not always the case today. Some non-native plants take over in our landscapes - and I also see these in gardens - and penetrate and take over our natural landscapes. Our ecosystems become special when our fauna and species become extinct, and the source of food for small insects is smaller and more one-sided.
The more relaxed and familiar you are with the plant choices you make, the more secure it is that your garden is well-being and over time gives back to mother earth. Be your own guest in your own garden, and invite yourself with dignity and kindness.
Cherry blossoms. Reflection, security and hope | April 2020
Right now, more than ever, the symbol of the cherry blossom is so strong, the reminder that life is so powerful, enchantingly beautiful, but tragically short-lived before it is swept away by the wind. When the Japanese gather under the trees, they admire not only the overwhelming flowering, but the meaning of life. Reflections on the loss of loved ones, reflections on their own lives and admirably letting the past fade to watch over the bright and promising that is to come. Take care of yourself, spread joy, warmth and love.
Cherry blossom trees displays glory in Sweden, powerful, glorious and intoxicating, but tragically short-lived. Reminding us to pay attention. Sakura, a symbol revered around the world, not just for its overwhelming beauty, but for its expression of life, death and renewal. A symbol for shedding the past to usher a bright and promising future. Naturally, I am planning for lots of Cherry trees in garden design schemes this year. Lots.
Scandinavian gardens on height | March 2020
The interest in Scandinavian gardens is showing from all corners of the world, and I have recently shared my views with experts from the Netherlands to Australia. I would like to extend my thanks to everyone reading and sharing New Nordic Gardens, and for those taking the time to leave comments and reviews. Your words are invaluable!
Thank you The Telegraph, Publishers Weekly, Better Homes & Gardens and San Francisco Book review to mention a few of the great reviews that has been given.
If you have a keen interest in Scandi gardens, I would happily unfold the secrets. Do let me know.
A step into green garden rooms | February 2020
In January, I wandered into so many magical garden rooms. Gardens where the mind was filled with lush greenery, vitality and striking views. In these rooms, it is so obvious that friendship, joy and tranquility go hand in hand with everything a garden gives us. How important gardens are for our well-being, but also for cultivation and survival. I feel great respect and humility to have the opportunity to influence our world positively, to form a greener world. It won't be long before the planting season starts - I look forward to stepping into, and creating, an infinite number of more green rooms during the year!
Your winter garden is the habitat and the lung for all living | December 2019 - January 2020
If you want to succeed with your autumn and winter garden, both aesthetically and as a lifeline to a healthy ecosystem - autumn carefully and both before winter. Leaving foliage and leaves in flower beds is easy and valuable. Small insects hide in sacred trunks of perennials and grasses, representations of access to small insects as valuable as they adorn the garden. Bees and butterflies overwinter in trunks, birds collect seeds and fruits. To me, the persistent little birds are a vital sign in winter, rich survivors out in the snow. Red rose hips and bullfinches against white snow, a classic Christmas card with all red. It is the beauty we see on the surface, but think of the diversity that hides in the invisible, under the snow and foliage and how important these little lives are. It is precisely all these small lives, which do all the beautiful things in the summer, take care of them in your garden and pray for a phenomenal 2020.
Splendid Paradise | November 2019
It is satisfying to know that gardens are full of life in other parts of the world while our landscapes in Scandinavia slowly close their eyes and lie down for the winter rest. Vegetation is some of the essence in many gardens, and now in November much of it fades to a period of silence and tranquility. The power of the green can be replaced with the strength of the light plan for pleasant lighting, lanterns and light that gives the garden dynamism and excitement, beautiful silhouettes and trees, shrubs and ornamental grasses that become sculptural pillars in the autumn darkness. The effect can be strikingly beautiful and the feeling of the pompous paradise comes again.
The modern Scandinavian lifestyle | October 2019
In a home we let in the light, the clean lines, use light or no curtains. The cold of autumn and the debilitating satiety of summer make us wrap ourselves in blankets and drink steaming hot. Our Scandinavian lifestyle is steadily rising and gradually getting more and more out into the gardens, where we want to follow our interior - we open up the landscape, plant plants with often low-key tones, produce mountain-in-the-day and let nature's pines participate in the weather trдdgеrd. October, like September, is a very good month for planting, and if you do not have time for larger plants, it is worth bringing down the spring herbs in the soil, the early snowdrops, the fragrant crocus and the daffodils - which the deer also do not care about. I also want to strike a blow for the Kingfisher Lily Fritillaria meleagris (available in both white and pink) and the Curly Lily Lilium martagon, (also available in white or pink) which gives any planting a different dimension when they bloom.
Sun hats boast in late summer flowering | September 2019
Planning for grateful plants is fun, plants that bloom for a long time, are numerous and require minimal care. Echinacea, sun hat, belongs to one of those that gratefully stands long in bloom and attracts lots of butterflies and bees. In its shape it is reminiscent of the daisy collar, which may make us feel that summer lasts a long time. In combination with light ornamental grasses and the soft stems of the September candle, both color and shape emerge and make the late summer garden a real gem.
Beautiful, outstanding late summer garden | August 2019
Strange that time - especially summer time - just sweeps past. So much joy, enjoyment and relaxation the summer months provide. Absolutely fantastic that we get to be part of this. August is by far the most admirable month for me when it comes to photographing gardens. The light is magical. Thank you, thank you very much, to all of you whose gardens I have had to visit during the summer, seen butterflies and bees, discussed plants and chatted over a coffee. Real summer joy. Thanks!! The picture shows one of the latest threads completed in Ljunghusen, Skene.
The best garden time is now, invite to the garden | July 2019
It's now I take the opportunity and go out day and night to capture all the beautiful, exciting and vibrant worlds and gardens have to offer. Constantly in constant company with my camera. As often as I can, I visit gardens that have been completed, both during the year and in previous years. It is a real pleasure to revisit every plant that was once planted, every child who plays and every ladybug that climbs. Here I was welcomed yesterday on a visit, with lush greenery, rustic stone, still water and a quirky humor.
Happy Midsummer | June 2019
Our best time is now. Happy Midsummer, take care of the time, the light and the small moments.
Sculptural and personal in your own outdoor gallery | June 2019
Which gallery a garden can be of intertwined vegetation, variation in stone patterns and tree formations. Everywhere there are exciting paintings, often framed to nature's nearby views. Adding a sculpture gives the garden a playful and surprising moment. Extra effect can be achieved by working with bold proportions, an oversized pot, without vegetation. Or vice versa, a small, handful of large object a little hidden in gravel or among vegetation. If you want a guaranteed personal garden, a tip is to surprise somewhere with a creative, fun-filled, dramatic or exciting sculpture. In a newly laid out garden, I worked with an urn by Jonathan Adler, where low-lying vegetation gives room for the pot to appear as it should welcome everyone to the herring table and summer celebrations in the midsummer garden.
Refresh the seeds before unforgettable summer splendor | May 2019
Meadowsweet, wow. Clear skies, often intensely blue cliff and bell. These beauties do not seldom evoke memories of barefoot children, sunny summer days and balmy summer nights. Meadow flowers are an excellent complement to difficult slopes, tricky corners or extra life to a part of a lawn. May is the month of the season and now it is perfect to add vegetables, spices and pears to the flowers of the rest of the garden, for the enjoyment of the year and all the children's joy and educational moments in the garden.
The summer garden by the sea | April 2019
Summer is near, and sometimes it feels like the wind is so far away, when the cold envelops brave doctors who demonstratively show clear signs that we are doing the right thing. Now it's green that is on the wish list. Often green, combined with blue the many of us have luck in the vicinity of water seas, lakes and rivers. A well-composed garden located next to water interacts with its seasonal variations with an ever-changing expression in the blue, in the summer paths to the stillness of the ice. Capture the beautiful views around your garden as you plan it, so that the moments and memories are as fantastic as possible.
Welcome expectant weather! | March 2019
A floor of flowers. Well, it is possible to achieve in most gardens, and what a wow factor it becomes when we plant in abundance. Cool, showy and full-bodied. As a rule of thumb, it is a good idea to think in a similar way when planning other vegetation - repetition and recurring patterns - to connect and have a consistently balanced communication in a garden. Snowdrops, snowdrops and snowdrops are a must for anyone who wants to see the earliest signs in their garden!
Turn your garden into a modern model | February 2019
Maybe this year's words on everyone's lips will be 'plant-based'. In most things we do, how we eat, live, live depends more on nature and the plant kingdom. And what a gold mine our plant is there! But how much water is required for what we grow and how can we optimize irrigation? For so long, we in Sweden have good access to water at a 'normal' time and we should take advantage of that in the best way. Right now, much of the plant-based we eat is based on coconut and almonds. It gnaws a little at me every time I eat almonds, with the knowledge of how awful much water goes into the production of these nuts. This year, I hope to see more of cultivation elements in gardens, but also even more sustainability thinking in gardens, with the hope that we take care of water in an efficient way and where plantings are even more adapted to cope with weather fluctuations. Maybe we should start thinking about which crops require less water to grow, and make sure to collect water better. Maybe we start looking even more at the kinds of seeds that were grown before and gradually go back to where we once started, with even more cultivated.
Green flashbacks and growing forward-thinking | January 2019
Being green in 2018, with the summer heat and drought, has closed its door and when we now take the step into 2019, thoughts are given to how we can further optimize the gardens, as a source of both well-being and resources for cultivation and sustainability. Maybe the word green will be the key word in 2019, in its entirety. The green color that has a healing effect and increases well-being is said to enter our homes more this year. Perhaps sculptural elements will have a greater place in gardens, which do not require much care or water, and which spread joy during dormant January days. With this inspiring, captivating bamboo forest, a ceiling luminaire created by Jitka Kamencová Skuhravá, I begin my artistic green journey this year!
An atmospheric garden this Christmas | December 2018
With decorations and candles, we create a Christmas atmosphere in every corner of our home. Solid materials, wood, wool and maybe a cracked fire. Why not invite the garden to this party. Illuminate apple trees that still have swarming red apples, and make a garden wreath for the door or table of rosehips, one and pine that spreads the lovely scent of the green. Perfect relaxation to work with your hands with nature's materials and take advantage of the daylight hours. Inspired by pictures - (here from a beautiful water feature enclosed in greenery) - and start planning for the coming garden year, it will be the best for both you, your surroundings and the environment if you make it!
Naturally beautiful in a November garden | November 2018
The winter is long and cold, not always covered with sparkling, freshly fallen snow. Ornamental grasses stand indescribably beautiful in a November garden and transform the most uninspiring cloudy days into dreamy landscapes. Natural beauty with swaying plumes and earthy, warm tones and interesting textures lightness that blends in the most natural way in our landscapes, against cliffs and between conifers. Miscanthus, Calamagrostis, Molinia and Pennisetum are all usable in a winter garden, as are Carex, Briza and Festuca as smaller ornamental grasses. In this garden, Artemisia and Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Moudry' create an exciting contrast. Rock on November!
Creating a Source for Quality of Life | October 2018
October can be the most beautiful month of the year with crackling, rich colors against a clear sky. The atmosphere is more relaxed and the pace calm. In addition to carrying out the last plantings, designing more exciting outdoor environments and teaching, I will spend time in health gardens, especially gardens for those who have suffered from dementia. I never cease to marvel at how much a garden can give us humans and what a positive impact a garden has for one and all. Happily enough, the garden is increasingly seen today as a source of quality of life and is a place that has come into focus, both in large and small a well-designed garden can stimulate the senses and contribute positively, both physically and mentally.
Fantastic meetings take place in inspiring environments | September 2018
Lovely autumn anemones spread joy and breathe lightness in September, "Japanese windflower" as it is so delicately called in English. In the same way that a single flower is beautiful, a well-thought-out and well-designed outdoor environment enables the most beautiful meetings. Meetings with people, architecture, plants and wildlife that make us feel good. Our green rooms are of great importance for increased well-being, fellowship and socializing. I meet September with many exciting projects and look forward to a creative autumn!
Beautiful structures that provide shade | August 2018
This summer, perhaps more than ever, many are thinking of permanent protection in the garden - not against rain - but against the sun, or preferably both and. Pergolas, pavilions, gazebos or vertical cups can enhance both the benefit and pleasure of a garden, and yet today, as before, they are often added as a place for relaxation or socializing, and to look out over the garden. These can link buildings together, or be free-standing, and as the picture shows, also frame views or lead the gaze to pleasant places. An extension of the summer and enjoyment of the autumn is on the safe side under cups and roofs.
Sustainable plantings in extreme weather | July 2018
The plants in a garden often have varying needs and it takes time to get to know each individual. Now that it is hot and dry, questions arise about watering when to water, how much, how often. And it becomes noticeable how dependent we are on water and how often we take clean water for granted. Already in the planning phase of a garden, you gain a lot from thinking about the overall picture of plants. How these blend into the environment and the composition, both aesthetically and practically. Optimal is to not have to water excessively or winter cover. If you plant the right plant in the right place, a place where the plant thrives, and not where you yourself think it fits in, you create a sustainable and long-term healthy and relatively well-kept garden - something that is on the wish list for most people. In July, I hope to visit a number of gardens I designed during the year and see how they developed, a wonderful month with many plants in bloom and the camera under my arm.
Depth and drama in the summer | June 2018
Wild and beautiful and preferably with depth, there were many of this year's plantings at the Chelsea Flower Show that showed this expression. Color scales with deep and bold shifts. Lupine and Iris interspersed with lighter vegetation are said in several gardens. Others alluded to even wilder and freer landscapes, from flower meadows to barren, natural landscapes where the often unpretentious plants are beautifully lifted towards soft sand and stone.
Grand Gardens and Strong Themes at the Chelsea Flower Show | May 2018
Every year I try to catch up with a bigger event that provides inspiration and perspective, and gives a clue as to what comes next. This year I was invited to the Chelsea flower Show by RHS, the Royal Horticulture Society and it was fantastic to be back in London and experience this great show. Several gardens caught my eye, many with a gripping theme ranging from one garden that was created around what it is like to live with HIV to another that touched on the subject of hope for refugees. My personal favorite was "the Eco-Garden" created by Hay-Joung Hwang, sponsored by LG. The garden represents one of many green areas conceived in an apartment building, which together become a vertical forest in cities. Each apartment owner has his or her own garden in the city. The garden is self-sufficient and energy efficient, plants have been chosen that take up pollutants. Materials, glass and concrete interact with the vegetation and let people into nature. LG describes the garden as a model for a sustainable future.
Defy the chilly weather and let the garden become a pleasant oasis | April 2018
Do not let the cold bitter weather push you to stay inside. The more fresh air and light we capture, the stronger and more energetic we become. Take care of sheltered places in the garden, plan cozy seating if only for a quick coffee outdoors. Plant early weeds near these places, so you get a mental kick that the weather and heat are on the entrance, and catch the beautiful, if only for short moments. Shield from winds, take advantage of level differences in the garden and lower a living area for more shelter. Maybe there is also room for a warming outdoor fire to sit around. Who can avoid the atmosphere, hide the romance and coziness factor around a living fire. Not me.
'New Nordic Garden Design' - new book for all garden design enthusiasts | March 2018
In the middle of the winter - which right now shows more winter than we do - I am proud to announce that the book 'New Nordic Gardens' has now been released in Danish for all Danish-speaking garden and design enthusiasts. The book is available in bookstores, shops and online stores in Denmark. Many thanks to the publisher Gyldendal.
Now is the perfect time to get inspired and plan for your dream garden. 'New Nordic Gardens' takes you on a tour of some of the most interesting new gardens created in the Nordics today. For Danish speaking garden and design enthusiasts, I am pleased to announce that as of today, the book is available Danish 'Nyt Nordisk Havedesign', as well as in English ". My sincere thanks and gratitude to publisher Gyldendal and Thames & Hudson.
'Sheds light on simple, stylish gardens across the North Sea' - Daily Telegraph
'A journey demonstrating clearly all that is fresh and innovative in Nordic gardens' - Reckless Gardener
This beautifully illustrated book serves as an informative guide to the principles and techniques of contemporary Scandinavian garden design. The author has a keen sensitivity to the natural elements of the landscape, especially light and stone. This is a coffee table – worthy lookbook brimming with ideas and aesthetic integrity. It will stimulate possibilities for gardens well below the northern reaches of the Scandinavian latitudes. - Publishers Weekly
After flipping through Annika Zetterman's New Nordic Gardens, we welcome the Nordic storm. - Better Homes & Gardens
Garden design on Gotland | February 2018
As a garden architect, it is fantastic to always work with different prerequisites in projects to be thrown into lush or barren environments, sandy or rocky soils and exciting styles. In a project on Gotland, we of course work with local limestone and traditional Gotland yard around the garden, real beautiful craftsmanship, which becomes more beautiful with the year and harmonizes with the Gotland landscape. Exciting plant choices are planned with, among other things, an apricot tree, a mulberry tree and beautiful roses. Chicory, a perennial with an enormously beautiful shade of blue, which grows wild on Gotland and thrives in the calcareous soil, is also included in the composition. The picture above was taken in the botanical garden in Visby, a wonderful place.
Nordic Noir in the garden | January 2018
New year and this year's trends are a common theme at this time, what lasts and what goes out of time? In landscapes and gardens, the path of sustainability and environmentally friendly green spaces continues. Autumn silver ax, Actaea simplex, is this year's perennial 2018. I strike a blow for the dark-leaved Actaea simplex 'Brunette' which provides a refreshing contrast to green-mixed plants. In the right context, it becomes refreshing and dramatic, where the feeling of "Nordic Noir" occurs and breaks the pattern of our often cool and gentle expressions in Scandinavia. As an example, it is perfect to mix with solid blue and pink tones as in the comoption above. The year has begun, full speed ahead for new, creative expressions in our landscapes, balconies, terraces and gardens!
Magic in the Dark | December 2017
The calm has found its way into the garden in December. With atmospheric and effective lighting for magic, save the darkest days of December. Choose facade lighting as carefully as lighting further out in the garden, on selected plants and hard structures, and the whole will be pleasant and exciting. Vary the luminaire with bollards, ground spears, lanterns and recessed luminaire where it works best and plan the garden to be both practical and captivating so it comes to life.
A favorite in the November darkness | November 2017
They are a bit out of sync, my Christmas roses (Helleborus), but I'm grateful for that now that the November darkness has taken the stage. More beautiful winter flowering to look for. A well-balanced garden is best when there is a seasonal variation and new upstarts that alternately show their best sides almost all year round. The Christmas rose is an excellent plant to use for interest during the winter, with its green leaves and beautiful flower and flower arrangements and a perennial that the deer do not walk on. A lovely plant, well worth using in the garden and, perhaps not entirely familiar to a relative of both white anemone and buttercup.
Tight and strict, lines that lead | October 2017
It is said that it takes two seconds to form an opinion about something. What does it say about your face? An entrance sets the tone for how we are perceived, and is what meets you several times a day. In this composition there is a strong design language of clear lines, both horizontal and vertical, in stone setting and in vegetation, which is clearly connected with the architecture and makes nothing inviting and clear, with an expression that stands out.
Country life | September 2017
What a summer without a nice hang out in the country, in the archipelago or by the cottage at the edge of the forest. Creating gardens in a rural environment has its challenges with perhaps less supervision, with reindeer being trodden over plantations and tough conditions with extra drought where the supervision is not the same. Aesthetically, it is also a challenge - our landscapes are so beautiful in themselves. Therefore, I look a little extra closely around big days in a rural environment, what is in the nearby area, what the often rolling landscape looks like and that nature should meet the garden in a natural way. In this garden for large granite stones to be part of the garden and the blueberry hill has been restored and meets both lead anemones and ferns that are welcome near the house.
Create your own exotic oasis, invite the sea, the winds and the vines | August 2017
Olive and fragrant lemon trees are in vogue, as are flamboyant greenhouses, terracotta pots and lavender colors. Many of us dream away to the Mediterranean and want to create a garden reminiscent of southern latitudes. Recently I made a return visit to a garden laid out a few years ago in Ljunghusen in Skene, where parts are reminiscent of the Mediterranean. In this garden, however, vegetation has been planned that will survive the year, where the feeling of an exotic oasis still occurs. Over well-thought-out surfaces that do not require overhanging care in a fusion of tight lines that lead the eye through the room and vegetation in flowing organic patterns, balance and dynamism are found in the garden. By designing and planning your garden, you can create a piece of magic and dream away in everyday life.
Design with plants and get comfortable living | July 2017
The last plantings have been carried out and a large garden with real slopes in a rural idyll set the stage for the summer work. Now creative solutions and new planting drawings for gardens that are starting to be designed for the autumn and next spring continue. Follow me here, or on Instagram @zettermangardendesign for more inspiration and new gardens!
Sun-thirsty city dwellers | June 2017
A balmy day in June and Sweden is at its best. We sun-thirsty Scandinavians can finally fully enjoy the summer, which is inaugurated with the midsummer weekend as a clear start. During the early summer, two roof terraces in ipé and ash were ready for luxury breakfast in the morning sun or midsummer banquet with a view of Stockholm. Nice midsummer!
The LANDSCAPE Show - It's indoors meets outdoors | May 2017
May is always an explosive and energetic month, with a lot of fantastic projects both in the drawing stage and in execution. It's also clear that I'll be one of this year's guest speakers at The LANDSCAPE Show in London later this year, a great year and something I'm really looking forward to. Here they describe the event itself: LANDSCAPE is the UK's leading trade event dedicated to bringing the industry together. Established as the essential trade event, LANDSCAPE attracts garden designers, architects, landscape contractors, local authority landscaping professionals, facilities managers and interior designers from all over the UK and beyond. www.landscapeshow.co.uk
Pink clouds in Japan | April 2017
The cherry blossom, 'Sakura' in Japan is so much more than overwhelming beauty, it goes deep into Japanese culture. As part of the tradition, one has a deep respect and reverence for transitions in life, a symbol of human existence and appreciates its beauty as close enchanting as well as the perishable arousing pain that flowering soon over. Sakura also stands for rebirth, for good harvests and good luck. For the first time, I visited Japan during the dead time, and managed to time the overwhelming flowering, large pink clouds that tower up and embrace landscapes and cities. Celebrating the short-lived beauty was a journey worth several times over. Now is the arrival of spring here and if we have not done it enough before, it's time to look at all the beauty around us, be attentive and everyday life is filled with moments of joy!
Spring Garden Book - New Nordic Gardens | March 2017
Spring Garden Book 2017! I am proud to present a book that provides inspiration from unique contemporary gardens designed by architects and designers from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland. A book that explains the value of your garden, and gives ideas on how to take advantage of the garden with the best of intentions, with pride and humility. The book is available for purchase at Akademibokhandeln, Adlibris and NK in Sweden, among others. Read more about the book here
I am pround to present the first overview of contemporary gardens in Scandinavia, looking at gardens from our perspective in the north in modern times. To quote my last words from the introduction page: “The gardens that we create stay with us for decades to come and should therefore enchant us from the start. They should help us, our wildlife and our wider environment to thrive. They should be designed with dignity and worked on with modesty and maintained with persistence. This is how we think, how we work and this is what we are. ” I hope that the book will provide inspiration and contribute to new ideas but also create an understanding of the importance of gardens, that we create longlasting imprints with the very best intentions, and how to best cultivate our soil with respect for our past and for a sustainable future.
Words by publisher Thames & Hudson:
Few people have difficulty conjuring images of modern Scandinavian design, whose influence over the past century has reached around the world. More difficult for many is imagining the quiet landscapes of the Nordic countries, which range from the flatlands of Denmark to the dramatic mountains and fjords of Norway. These majestic environments, combined with long summer days and light-poor winters, raking light and dense birch forests, have given rise to exceptionally refined examples of garden and landscape design. The Nordic countries are famed for their modern design and architecture, but their garden and landscape design have been overlooked - until now. New Nordic Gardens presents the best gardens to have been produced in the region over the past ten years through a practitioner’s eyes. Organized by themes that encapsulate the special ambience and lifestyle of the Scandinavian countries - Simplicity, Silence, Fragility, Nakedness, Attunement, Boldness, Openness and Care - each garden is presented through images and texts explaining its unique aspects and describing its particularly Scandinavian characteristics.The timelessness of Nordic design has proven itself around the world for many decades. Now it is time for the quality of its gardens and landscapes to come into the light. Arranged to provide maximum inspiration, not just for northern climes but for temperate environments around the world, New Nordic Gardens brings the beauty of Scandinavian landscape design to designers and gardeners all over the globe.
The book will be avaliable from March 2nd in Europe and 11th of April worldwide.
ISBN: 978 0 500 519455
The birch part of our identity | February 2017
The birch is perhaps the hardest tree most strongly associated with Scandinavia. We often take it for granted that it is found in our surroundings, but may not reflect as often that there are a lot of species that we can use in the garden, small as well as large, red-leafed and green-leafed. The birch is grazed with its small-leafed lobed foliage and light branches in summer, and is an excellent tree that stands out beautifully in the winter garden. The bark has exciting colors that provide contrast to snow landscapes or stand out during periods when the snow has disappeared, from the chalk-white bark of the Himalayan birch, Betula utilis var. jacquemontii to the copper birch, betula albosinensis var. septentrionalis, whose bark appears distinctly pink to copper after a few years. The Kamchatka birch, Betula ermanii, has a creamy white stem after a few years. During a walk in Stockholm, I came across these that together against the white snow and deep green conifers would be a delicious feature in many gardens, sober and sleek!
Call it Дnglamarken or Himlajorden | January 2017
New year and it's time to take on new projects, live in the present and do the best we can now, for a land that has been given to us and that we can not do without. Manage, nurture and appreciate our nature, our outdoor environments and our gardens - "the land we inherited and the grove the green".
Season of light and darkness | December 2016
In stark contrast to our bright summer nights, the days are now the shortest, but it turns on the 21st of December, so in the meantime, focus on the bright spots, enliven the garden with the help of lighting in the absence of daylight, which feels welcome and pleasant both for your own part and for guests. Let marks and light interact together, find balance and capture interesting eye-catchers that are enhanced into unique sculptures in the garden. Inspiration and suggestions for lighting can be found under some of the projects that are completed under the links garden and outdoor environments above.
The beauty of the perishable | November 2016
By a garden architect, the garden's feel, appearance and functions are taken into account. Autumn can be experienced as fantastically restful, with a multitude of color variations, flower heads and stems appearing and the structure and frames can be seen much more clearly than in the summer's lushness. A well-composed garden gives as much reflection and tranquility as when it is full of life during the summer, albeit in a different way. The color palette is different, the sounds have faded and the scents stop. There is a certain charm about it. Something beautiful and restful.
Prioritize and think through details in the garden | October 2016
Shield against lesser desires and lead the gaze towards the beautiful, it is part of the planning in a garden. In this garden, we have created a portal and screen wall in one that frames, takes up materials, patterns, direction and color in the house facade. The cleanliness of the glass railing with the bracket in the base of the terrace preserves nature and the view of the water undisturbed.
Planning for the future | September 2016
Summer is coming to an end, a good summer for the gardens in many parts of the country with partly sun, partly rain and a glorious aftermath of summer heat that lingers even though it is September. A good year for the harvest with abundant yields. Planning and ongoing construction of projects are in full swing. In parallel, I have had time to write a book that will be published in March 2107. Towards the end of September, I will start teaching garden gardening again at Medborgarskolan and at any time I plan to be on instagram, where I hope that many will follow me and the gardens. These are the closest plans, only time is on my side!
A perennial discount by the sea | August 2016
Great to bring out the camera when you have time, or take an extra walk in the evening. The other day I passed a plantation I had created for a tenant-owner association, with a patio facing the sea. Lovely to see so many plants in bloom and insects that worked full time. If you plan carefully, there is always something interesting in the plantings, right now the daylilies were at their peak.
Stairs and retaining walls in slant | July 2016
July is the month when we best have time to relax and enjoy the garden. There are also many gardens that are being realized. Slopes and steep slopes on plots can be tricky to get to. Think both aesthetically and functionally. In this case, we work in granite with stone stairs that follow nature as closely as possible, both in lines along the typography and in the choice of materials.
Shape with slate | June 2016
Getting to work with natural stone is a pure joy. The properties of a real stone, the luster, the colors and the structure give life and character to the surface. A real stone is also available in any number of sizes, but possibilities and variations in infinity! In this garden, offerings of slate valley offerings are used over social areas, including a soft circle resting on a plate with a view of a bay. The large, generous holders create calm and the sparkle in the stone's crystals is captured by the sea, which nevertheless shimmers. Now only the joint should be improved and the plantations grow!
Magnificent Pдronblom | May 2016
Happy May welcome! Freshly cut, fresh and healthy greenery, the smell of freshly cut grass and bumblebees that start buzzing in the corners. Now the spring and the gardens are up! Take care of May, new things happen in the garden with each passing day. Now the construction of new gardens is in full swing, but it is also now that we should take the time to stop and not miss the short-lived, languorously beautiful, simple, early-flowering plants, white anemone gardens, cherries and pear blossoms as in the picture. Enjoy and reflect.
Curves and road formations | April 2016
Curves and road formations. During a recent visit to London, I chose to visit two plastics created by the masters of our time, who both worked with curves in these creations. One place, the London Aquatics Center, designed by the admirable architect Zaha Hadid who sadly recently said goodbye. The other, Thames Barrier Park, designed by landscape architect Allain Provost, who also designed the Parc Andrй Citrol in Paris. This submerged garden represents road formations while being a protected area with a microclimate in the park. One of my absolute favorites and lung in London.
Beautiful winter! | March 2016
Having a beautiful and well-planned garden does not mean that the garden is attractive only during the summer, but also during the winter months. Many perennials and ornamental grasses remain fine during the winter. Fortunately, we also have the most magical light in Scandinavia to be grateful for, the winter is there, even though it can be difficult in temperature, unbeatably beautiful.
Inspired by architectural plants | February 2016
A mild February without snow makes the season quite gray, but there is room to see and be inspired by patterns and textures elsewhere, at exhibitions, online and abroad for some who choose to travel away during the winter. Exotic plants always fascinate and Protean in the picture is no exception. The genus originates from Africa and is unparalleled in our region. Carl Von Linnaeus named the plant after the Greek god Proteus who could change its shape, when Linnaeus noted that Proteus exists in so many forms and expressions. Finding a balance in the plant in a garden, between plants with magnitude (such as Protea) and plants with neat expressions gives a steady rhythm. The eye is guided and can rest between different elements. To create the expression you strive for, planning is required. It's just a matter of speeding up and botanizing now that the gardening work is at rest!
New Year, New Garden! | January 2016
A new year begins with new interesting projects and sparkling snow outside the window. A little practical work is done on the garden in January, but there is all the more preparatory work to consider, especially for those of you who are planning a new garden for the summer. It is high time to sketch, draw and get inspiration for new construction that will be carried out later in the spring. Think new, think differently and plan a garden that will make your home a unique place!
Newborn landscapes when they are at their best | December 2015
When you are passionate about something, everything that usually comes to mind and sources of inspiration appear when you least expect it. Part of working with outdoor environments is about having a curiosity about how people and communities are better and firstly how to design these environments in an appealing way. I recently visited Tel Aviv where I had the opportunity to see newly laid out beach and harbor areas. Outstanding landscape architecture at its best, designed by Mayslits Kassif Architects. A kilometer-long urban landmark that connects the city and the beach, designed with people in the center, where a large area feels private and exciting and where playful changes take place along the line of the stand. The picture shows convex 'dunes' in wood that illustrate the real dunes on which the port city was first built.
Light up the garden in the autumn darkness | November 2015
Now that it has turned into winter, it is clear for you who do not have suitable outdoor lighting to install this, before the cold and snow pulls in over us for here. If you are short of ideas, an evening walk through your area may be in order, because there are now many good examples of both luminaires and placement in gardens and public conservatories. Think of the whole, select a number of types of luminaires and work with these throughout the surface. But remember to let the darkness take place so that the selected points of light emerge!
Beautiful Wild Wine | October 2015
The final preparations for the garden's winter rest are on the schedule. It's nice to look good to the last so that the garden looks tidy. The temperature is much cooler, which means that the red colors appear more and more on the foliage of plants. The wild wine, which is available both self-climbing and non-self-climbing, is incredibly beautiful, as a color palette over walls, mountain cliffs and trellis structures. Here is a screen wall that I designed a few years ago in all its splendor and simplicity.
Irresistible upstarts that extend the summer | September 2015
The high season is not over yet, whether it is planting or flowering in finished gardens. There are many perennials that have come to an end, but there are real delicacies that bloom in September. Recently I visited one of my gardens where the torch lily (Kniphofia) was in full bloom. In sunlight, you actually almost feel that it 'burns'. Irresistible favorite this season.
A garden with the feel of 'The Hamptons' | August 2015
The summer months are progressing at a rapid pace and we are already entering August, the harvest month. I hope everyone fills their prey with as much self-cultivated as possible. Time to think about whether the garden needs to be planned if or if the vegetation should be refreshed, perennials divided and trees pruned. I try to make time to visit as many gardens as possible during the summer months to see how they develop. This is one in the last row, a garden that was laid out last spring and has quickly come to fruition with flowering in full bloom. More pictures of this garden can be seen under the link portfolio.
ABSOLUTE EXOPARK ART BAR AT URBAN DELI 9TH FLOOR | July 2015
Today was a different urban art experience at ExoPark-ArtBar, which has just opened on a roof in the middle of central Stockholm. The Swedish artist Thomas Hдmйn creates Exopark - a unique Absolut Art Bar, café, restaurant and marketplace. The ArtBar is nestled in the middle of the roof with a lovely mingling surface and around the roof there is a sculpture park with artists such as Tony Cragg, Astrid Sylvan and Roland Persson. A beautiful urban slope and a long-awaited innovative roof terrace in Stockholm!
Sturdy lines and strong contrasts | June 2015
June and a number of projects that have been laid out during the spring are starting to be completed, one of which is a garden above. A tip for those of you who want your garden ready by midsummer is to start planning well in advance, with the season variations, availability, order times for one is a standard time frame for a small to medium-sized garden.
Mighty Magnolia | May 2015
Star magnolia, Magnolia Stellata, in bloom in a garden I designed. Thank you so much Roger for the amazing picture!
Cherry Blossom - A Metaphor for Loss, Hope and Dreams | April 2015
The cherry blossoms are once again in full swing. The skirt pink flowers represent time to reflect, dreams, hopes and to reconcile with what we have lost. Japan's connection to cherry blossoms, or sakura as they call them, goes deep. The short-lived flowers are found in Japanese poetry around 1300 years ago during the Nara period. In the history of Japan, the cherry blossom represents the beginning of something new, hope and dreams. The flowers are dazzlingly beautiful to disappear just as quickly. Cherry blossoms evoke a multitude of emotions and have a special place in the hearts of the Japanese people. When the petals of the flowers begin to fall and fly away in the wind, they express a strong feeling of separation. Cherry blossoms seem to have a significant effect on us purely soul.
By Annika Zetterman
Design trends in the garden 2015 | March 2015
Design trends in 2015 continue to grow around sustainability reasoning. It is not only new materials that have been recovered that are in demand, but also direct old products that we use, for example part of an old machine that we break down and place as a sculpture in the garden, or as in the picture above an old wooden that together with a water pump becomes a water bath. There is also a growing interest in new technologies of more environmentally friendly materials such as the Accoya® wood material.
Supertrдd in Singapore | February 2015
Gardens by the Bay in Singapore must be one of the most interesting parks recently built. 11 ‘superwires’ have been created with built-in ecosystem functions such as photovoltaic cells (solar cells) and the use of rainwater. Over 162,000 plants, more than 200 varieties of bromeliads, orchids, fractures and tropical climbing plants are planned on the super trees.
Blessed winter garden | January 2015
The silence, the simplicity and the light. It is almost as if a winter garden tells us that it is designed and cared for so that it shows a palette of shapes and structures in winter. Larvae, ladybugs and other insects have probably gone into hibernation by now. A winter garden where ears and leaves are left not only looks enormously beautiful, but also provides great help and access for small insects and insects that seek protection and food.
The dream of a white or green Christmas | December 2014
A garden can look very empty and dreary this time of year, but if you plan your garden well, it can give a really beautiful impression even when the weather is not any further or the snow has not fallen. As the picture shows, there are plants, tree trunks and evergreen shrubs that give a garden a really invigorating and lively feeling in December. Naked trunks are extra effective to illuminate, and are transformed into sculptures in the thread.
A Sparkling November Garden | November 2014
The coolest combination of orange and pink! Euonymus is one of the few plants with so much character in the show so late in the year, which makes it even more striking. Color and light are possibly the two elements that reinforce a garden most in November when the black evenings really strike with force. Outdoor lighting has taken a big step forward in recent years with LED at the forefront which now provides a pleasant light, is cost-effective and with a good chip is really durable and can be for decades. Plan your lighting to ensure that both function and aesthetics are combined, select a few different types of luminaires and use these repeatedly for continuity and harmony in the garden. Your garden - a real glimmer of light in the November darkness!
By Annika Zetterman
Beautiful autumn garden | October 2014
Late October and it is an excellent time to meet up and prepare drawing materials for those of you who want the garden laid out next year. In the latest issue of the magazine 'Lifestyle Home & Country' you can read about one of the gardens I have designed and get tips on how to design a garden by the sea. "Highly located, this garden rests on a terrace with wonderful views - a fantastic place on an early autumn day, when the sea's water reflection is captured in the blue sage, fists and bluebells."
By Annika Zetterman
Ikebana and Contemporary Plant Art, Botanical Garden Uppsala | September 2014
Right now, Thunberg's magnificent Orangery in the Botanical Garden is filled with flower installations. The works are created by seven invited Japanese artists and show traditional Ikebana from the highly respected schools Ikenobo and Ohara together with contemporary Japanese art inspired by the diversity of the plant world. Plants from Swedish nature and Uppsala Linnaean gardens are combined with cut flowers, planted plants, stones, roots and branches. Japanese aesthetics with Swedish prerequisites, poor, stripped down and traditional. The artists are Naoaki Donuma, Junichi Kakizaki, Katsuhito Kurata, Hiroki Ohara, Shizuko Ono, Ohya Rica and Hanayuishi Takaya. I took the opportunity to take some pictures during my visit, including sculptural artichokes.
Design with plants and create your paradise garden by the sea | August 2014
When designing gardens on the coast, things like sandbanks, nutrient-poor soils, hard winds and salt can put the most green-fingered garden architect to the test. When creating your dream garden by the sea, plant salt-tolerant plants in the outer edges of plant beds. Choose tough and hardy hedges that withstand and break winds. Do not tie up plants but let them develop freely and have strong root systems and branches. Soil Improve sandy soil with organic material. Adding decayed material is important to retain moisture in the soil. Water properly (and not with salt water / brackish water!) When the plants establish themselves.
Your garden protects you | July 2014
There are over 2.6 million private gardens in Sweden. All gardens together form an important part of our ecosystem. Drought or abundance of water, - trees and plants in our gardens are vital. When it cools down, your garden absorbs rainwater and reduces heavy water flows and the risk of flooding. Planted surfaces, lawns, sedum mats and reinforced grass allow water to penetrate the surface instead of the water finding ways to walk. Stone-paved surfaces, roads and walls absorb heat and reflect much less than a planted surface. Plants help to cool the air by providing shade and by evapotranspiration, the process where water is released through pores in leaves. Vegetative air conditioning in urban environments reduces the rise in temperature and also cools buildings. Trees, hedges, shrubs and climbing plants also act as windbreaks and break strong winds. Nevertheless, green plant walls, green roofs and climbing plants can have an insulating property which in turn contributes to lower energy consumption. Whether we are playing in the garden, but playing with the children, hanging out or just looking out the window on a rainy day, the garden enhances our well-being, calms, awakens memories, encourages health and exercise, and reminds us daily to remember larger.
Champagne flows at Chelsea Flower Show | June 2014
I just wrote down some ideas from my visit to the Chelsea Flower Show earlier this week. This year, the Laurent-Perrier Garden was named the best display garden with vegetation in green and cream-yellow, a mixture of euphorbia, lupines and thimble flower with interspersed sections in blue, iris and phlox. The garden also has an elegant water installation and a somewhat intricate sculpture. The chisel threads are unique with so much character and personality. I also took the opportunity to visit the Olympic Park, another proof of contemporary landscape architecture with creative height and a carefully planned outdoor environment.
Welcome spring flowering! | May 2014
The cold retains its grip with chilly nights even though we are in May. But if you planned this spring's discounts this fall, you probably have a fantastic greenery and flowering. When you compose a delicious flowerbed and combine varieties, heights and colors, the garden can have an incredible character in the spring. If you want extra inspiration and a taste, a visit to the Keukenhof may be in order, which this year shows this composition of Fritillaria, Narcissus and Tulips in black, cream and yellow, which I absolutely love. Thank you Dad for the picture.
Give space to your creative side | May 2014
Side passages can seem slippery and are often used for storage and not socializing. But still, these are often the ones we pass or pass daily. They are the ones who link the front and back of the garden together. See the opportunity to create an inviting passage, where materials and shapes recur and harmonize with the rest of the garden and lighting makes the passage comfortable to walk through in the evening. See the opportunity to be a little extra creative, where threads can create fun surfaces for children to play in, a pergola with climbing plants becomes a green portal to the back or growing exotic plants against a warm wall certainly bears fruit.
Your garden is a hidden resource. Are you sitting on a gold mine? | April 2014
Our home - house and garden - reflects who we are. Your garden is a unique place and has an often unused value that can be well worth cultivating, a hidden resource. An attractive garden has a strong impact on our perception of a property both emotionally and rationally. Your garden can therefore affect your property both negatively and positively A garden architect helps you value value. We take a holistic approach, see the surface from all angles and create a careful plan where we take care of economic values, where rooms are designed and living areas become inviting, where materials interact and lighting gives your gold mine extra shimmer.
Garden design, a growing industry | March 2014
Garden design is a growing industry in Sweden and more and more people see the potential and value in their garden. In the latest issue of the magazine 'Lifestyle Home & Country' you will meet me when I talk about a growing design industry and the importance of hiring a professional garden designer.
By Annika Zetterman
Perrets perenn - Sesleria heufleriana, Vеrдlvдxing | February 2014
A skirt, elegant and natural ornamental grass that does not invade its neighbors! As early as March-April, it begins to show its distinctive small, first white, then black-violet ears. A perennial in time, a care-free plant that thrives in almost all soils and locations throughout Sweden. Surround it with alum root or fists for a wonderful effect that extends far into the fall. The green growth is suitable in flowerbeds with a natural look, in urns, in gravel beds and in urban plantations. Plant it for the shape and color of the leaves, as well as for the effect of the small but dramatic flower axis. A dream plant simply! The picture shows Sesleria nitida on the right, as for white ears, planted together with cough.
By Annika Zetterman
Ble, ble winds and water | January 2014
January and the weather is mostly gray, but it is not far to the blue winds and the water is back again! Last year at this time, I took the opportunity to visit industry colleagues in Sydney and explore the latest in the world of gardening down below. Just like in Stockholm, the landscape in Sydney is very hilly, which contributes to enormous opportunities for creative solutions at the height and not to mention magnificent infinity pools. When constructing an outdoor pool, think about how the pool interacts with the rest of the garden and paving or treads around it. In this garden, you have a dark blue inside of the pool, which matches the color of the sea naturally and reinforces the feeling that the pool and the sea go together. My advice is to avoid the created turquoise tones in northern Europe as these are not found naturally in our surroundings and easily look cheap. A duller tone, with hints of gray or green is more natural.
By Annika Zetterman
Every garden is unique - What does your garden look like in 2014? | December 2013
Are you thinking of redoing the garden next year, decorating your roof terrace, creating a beautiful patio in a sea of roses and peonies or realizing your Tuscan garden dream in your garden? Wonderful, you plan to invest in well-being and enjoyment of life! Autumn and winter are the best times to plan changes in the garden so that the drawings are ready by early spring. A garden trend for 2014 is an increased interest in outdoor lighting, something that is worth thinking extra about right now. To create a wonderful outdoor environment is a creative process, so let yourself be inspired by design from other skilled craftsmen, for example the man who exudes as much character as the patterns he creates in the shop window. Wishing you a peaceful, atmospheric and inspiring Christmas weekend!
Real pots give your garden a lift | November 2013
This is all I usually see pots placed on a terrace, at an entrance or as an eye-catcher that does not give anyone any justice to other dimensions in the garden. They are often far too small. You have everything to gain by buying real pots. It gives an impression of order and clarity, retains the moisture in the soil much better and longer, gives room for more plants and good root systems. Remember that many pots are not frost-resistant, make sure that drainage heels and leca balls are at the bottom, insulate the sides and look advantageously for materials that can withstand the winter, for example different types of steel or wood.
My hand is invaluable in the creative process | October 2013
Sketch phases are invaluable for a garden architect and can very often also help the client to get a clear picture of a design proposal. Computer-aided design is relatively new in the world of architecture, and began to be used only a few decades ago. I believe that computer applications should only be used after the creative process and may be more harmful than useful in the initial design stages. Using your hand, a pen and paper gives a freedom that no software and computer mouse can replace. After CAD software is used, I often create additional hand drawings to better visualize the three dimensions of a garden. Above is an example of the part of a garden that I created after the layout drawing of the garden is completed.
Autumn planting and creative hedges | September 2013
For many plants, autumn is the best planning time. Trees, shrubs and hedge plants that are deciduous can be planted to advantage until the ground freezes. Here is an example of a beautiful and creative alternative to hedges.
Color has a strong influence - Decorate conservatories that benefit well-being and happiness | August 2013
Color has a strong influence in our everyday lives. By first understanding the psychology behind color and the influence of individual colors on our senses, we can decorate conservatories that promote well-being and happiness. For this roof terrace, I have used three basic pillars: my customer's own taste, the customer's lifestyle and how they fit the surface used, as well as architectural details. With this information, I bring out which color schemes best match the customer's goal image. For this terrace, I have enhanced the warm and peaceful apricot tone of the façade by incorporating it in the design. The terrace will be uniform and peaceful. The black floor and the sides are in the same way integrated into the design by being completed in a black base for the daybed and planter, an excellent contrast that also creates a well-being and a chic, stylish feeling for the terrace. Accent colors give the terrace character and depth, a spectrum of warm tones, passionate plums, terracotta, sand and a hint of gold. The plants will later, when in bloom, show off similar tones that are nevertheless found in the roof tiles on the roof across the terrace.
Fabulous farmland and glorious summer days | July 2013
I never cease to marvel at nature's own ability to create and 'design' landscapes around us. An example is the most wonderful meadows that exist in Sweden during high summer. The natural sounds, scents and colors found in these landscapes are fabulous. If you have a large garden where there is room to create a meadow, you not only have a natural element in the garden but also contribute to ecological development and areas that insects, butterflies, birds and bees can benefit from.
Wall mural outdoors | June 2013
Vertical plant walls deserve to be in the spotlight, but there are other forms of creative walls that I get very inspired by. Here is an example of a giant silhouette of a tree that appears to be reflected in glass while in fact it is a plastic film placed on the glass, very fitting and authentic.
Greener areas around hospitals and nursing homes | May 2013
As a garden architect, I unconsciously look around at surfaces wherever I go. I recently ran into a courtyard in a hospital, a yard that could have been full of butterflies and bees, scent and color, but was met instead by a forgotten, shameful concrete surface without any life. It was the saddest surface I've seen. - in a hospital, which will make people feel better. There is evidence that horticulture therapy (cultivate yourself) and so-called healing gardens (a place of contemplation) improves the quality of life, stimulates the senses and revives childhood memories for old and sick people. For all of you who want to hear the birdsong, the scent of roses, and taste home-grown strawberries as you get older, raise your voice for greener areas around hospitals and nursing homes. Here one is left by a roof terrace of a hospital in London, a garden that I see as a model for a common place in a hospital.
April is here and we are delighted with every sign that shows up. We long for the first doctors to show up and many are in full swing planning their garden. Think about how you want your garden to show its glory, think away the flowering and create the green frame first, then you will probably have a successful result. Here is a garden I had the pleasure of seeing earlier this year, an incredibly tasteful stylistic expression that shows the breadth of what green tones can do and variety in shape, created by Secret Gardens in Sydney.
Nordic flowers | March 2013
I recently saw this fantastic flower wall in ELLE Sweden, created by one of Sweden's foremost photographers, Carl Bengtsson. The colors, composition and expression are stunningly beautiful. Neat, healthy and innovative. A true inspiration for both vertical surfaces and other details.
Perennial of the year | February 2013
The perennial of the year 2013 is seven selected varieties of daylily, Hemerocallis - one for each day of the week. Arctic Snow, Strawberry Candy, Pandora's Box, Pardon Me, Mauna Loa, Happy Returns and Summer Wine, seven wonderful varieties chosen for being easy-to-grow beauties. The daylily creates lots of buds and thus blooms for weeks. By planting different varieties, you can get flowering from May to September. Hemerocallis Pardon Me is shown in the picture.
Give the garden a sparkling start | January 2013
In the north, we talk a lot about the light now that winter is like the darkest and the snow and the twinkling of the sun gild every moment. Design your garden with lighting and the garden will be a pleasant eye-catcher when darkness falls. You succeed best if you combine light for function with indirect light sources for decoration. Tree crowns are relatively easy to illuminate and gild a little extra on days when the snow or frost rests on branches. Wish you all a bright, crackling and radiant 2013!
Christmas decorations from the garden | December 2012
Homemade Christmas presents are said to be the best and it is wonderful to create them in the middle of nowhere. Here are a few pictures of wreaths I created this year. As a garden designer, I prefer to work with seeds, nuts, spices and everything imaginable found in the garden and nature. Before the next year, start collecting your favorite materials during the autumn, use your imagination and you and many with you will enjoy genuine decorative wreaths for doors or tables. Wishing you a peaceful weekend!
Sky Gardens - The High Line and Promenade Plantйe | November 2012
The winter months are an excellent time to fill up with creativity and energy for the coming year. I recently visited the High Line, a 1.6 km linear park in NYC. An elevated railway was originally built here as part of an improved infrastructure in the 1930s, called "the West Side Improvement", but which was abandoned in the 1980s. Inspired by the Promenade Plantée in Paris, the railway has been transformed into a living part of the city and elevated housing and attraction to the surrounding area. As a garden designer, you become proud, fascinated and feel a glorious intoxication of joy that proves how much parks and gardens mean to people, architecture and the environment.
Exotic Autumn Beads | October 2012
It's easy to feel a little melancholy this year, when darkness comes and nature seems to go to rest - but summer can still be left in your garden. I had the pleasure of spending a weekend in southern Sweden with a harvest festival on the schedule. Pumpkins in all shapes, doctors and local delicious ingredients in abundance. At a farm, I stopped for self-picking where I got to see someone as exotic as a kiwi plant full of fruit. With the right planning, your garden can still have many exotic and inspiring hidden gems here!
Misty Mornings at Millesgеrden | September 2012
The light in Sweden here is fantastic, warm, varied and perfect for photographing in the garden. As a rule, you capture the best pictures in the afternoons in gardens, then the colors will come in handy. As a designer, I look a lot at shadows and am inspired by silhouettes and shapes that emerge with the help of light effects. The natural light is a big part of garden design and should interact with the lighting that is added to the garden. A visit to the sculpture park on Millesgеrden is a hugely wonderful source of inspiration this year.
Grandma's discounts do not have to be messy and dusty | August 2012
So-called granny gardens are sometimes associated with orchards and a collection of plants - and - sometimes with fantastic work, craftsmanship and knowledge. Before, seeds were replaced with neighboring farms, on the coffee ropes of the time and sewing yards. Even though we in Sweden think that garden design is something new, there have been talented designers for a long time, my grandmother was one of them. Beth Chatto is another. Thank you Uncle for this amazing picture of one of Grandma's flowerbeds, certainly taken in July, August.
Perennial splendor in one of Sweden's best gardens | August 2012
Do you want inspiration from well-designed perennial flower beds and plant composition? Hundreds of varieties of perennials and ornamental grasses that together form fantastic patterns, color palettes and space can be found in Enköping's parks. The park consists of several garden rooms, designed by, among others, the Dutchman Piet Oudolf. Well worth a visit!
Late Summer Flowers in Holiday Events | August 2012