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The grandeur of the new house is greatly diminished when it is surrounded by a wasteland of mud and weeds. You can't count on a perfect dream garden within one season. These tips will show you the way to a blooming paradise with a representative immediate effect.

Good planning is the cornerstone of a beautiful garden

Defining basic structures - this is to be done in the first year

Make a floor plan sketch. Permanent structures are defined here, such as the course of enclosures, paths, flower beds and seating areas. With gravel and stones as path reinforcement and terrace covering, you bridge the time until the money is available for expensive paving made of natural stones. Give shape and form to your new garden by doing the following:

  • Lay out paths, seating areas and terraces
  • Plant hedge shrubs in the fall, such as cherry laurel (Prunus laurocerasus) or reinforced holly (Ilex aquifolia)
  • Plant a house tree, such as blood maple (Acer platanoides), spring cherry (Prunus subhirtella), or globe silver lime (Tilia tomentosa)

Sow lawn seed in spring or fall. Also include those areas that will only be planted in later years. This will give your new garden a neat appearance during the transition phase.

Blossoms right from the start - this is how it works

The most beautiful trees, shrubs and perennials take several years to develop their splendor. Annual flowers and fast-growing perennials bridge the waiting time with colorful blossoms. The following types and varieties fulfill their task as gap fillers with flying colours:

  • Bulb flowers: snowdrops, tulips, daffodils, crown imperials, lilies and autumn crocus
  • Annual flowers: sunflowers, black-eyed susan, larkspur, marigolds and nasturtiums
  • Fast-growing perennials: cranesbill, dandelion, larkspur, blanket flower, magnificent candle

Ornamental grasses are a good choice for an abundance of flowers. Fast growing, easy to care for and completely hardy, they thrive in any normal, fresh garden soil. Premium grasses for the new garden are Diamond Grass and Feather Grass. Majestic grasses with privacy protection are beautiful Miscanthus varieties, such as Zebra Chinese Reed or Silver Tower Chinese Reed.

Vegetable garden for beginners - tips for the first cultivation

The back part of the property is reserved for a small vegetable garden. Just 25 square meters per person are enough for partial self-sufficiency from their own harvest. In the fall of the first year, dig up the garden soil, removing roots, stones and weeds. Then work in 5 liters of compost and 300 grams of horn shavings (€32.93) per square meter.

In the spring, you grow typical vegetables for beginners. These include radishes, carrots, lettuce, spinach and peas. With undemanding pole beans, you can make an impression without having to bother with complicated growing techniques. Strawberries in summer and pumpkins in autumn provide fruity treats.


When your new garden begins to take shape with trees, shrubs and flowers, it's time for a makeover. Combine the Sunday walk with a visit to antique and flea markets. Here you can discover wonderful accessories that can be converted into unorthodox planters. The diverse selection ranges from wooden wine crates to antique wash tubs and grandfather's wheelbarrow.

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