What are some unusual gardening tips

Unusual growth forms


The inexhaustible variety of shapes, colors and sizes of conifers

Picea abies 'Inversa' The different growth forms of the conifers tempt you to create individual "sculpture gardens". For small garden areas, the slim column shapes are ideal, which also conjure up a Mediterranean flair in the garden. The growth habit of the silver spruce (Picea abies 'Inversa'), whose branches hang down irregularly, is bizarre.

Ground-covering growth forms characterize the creeping juniper (Juniperus procumbens 'Nana', J. horizentalis 'Glauca') as a green area. The ball and cone are in great shape. The spherical pine (Pinus mugo 'Mops'), for example, grows compactly round. The sugar loaf spruce (Picea glauca 'Conica'), whose German name aptly describes the growth habit, develops in a conical shape. Only in old age and after many decades does the dwarf become a man-high conifer.


Betula pendula 'Youngii' cascade trees - deciduous trees with drooping shoots

So-called cascade trees are characterized by shoots that fall like a curtain. As free-standing soloists, they are woods with an almost dramatic charisma. A place in the middle of a large lawn is ideal. If the trees are too densely packed, they cannot develop their full beauty. Hanging forms grow very, very slowly, but after decades they can reach impressive dimensions of over 8 m. Hanging shapes, which are used as so-called crown refinements, remain significantly smaller. The height of the grafting point also determines the height of the plant, as is the case with the hanging pea bush (Caragana arborescens 'Pendula').

Further cascade trees are silver birch (Betula pendula 'Tristis'), hanging snow cherry (Prunus subhirtella 'Pendula'), hanging beech (Fagus sylvatica 'Pendula'), hanging willow (Salix alba 'Tristis'), hanging mulberry tree (Morus alba 'Pendula') and hanging ash (Fraxinus excelsior 'Pendula'). The weeping birch (Betula pendula 'Youngii') goes particularly well with heather.

Under an arbor elm (Ulmus glabra 'Pendula'), for example, a small wooden bench invites you to linger.


The many growth forms of the rose

No other garden wood has such diverse growth forms and numerous flower and leaf properties as the rose. The climbers among the roses are climbing roses. They offer the highest flower yield per square meter of garden. As shrub roses, rose lovers refer to varieties that develop large, approximately man-high, self-supporting ornamental shrubs. They reach heights between 200 and 300 cm. The group of ground cover roses comprises rose varieties that are easy to care for, quickly and completely cover. Roses are small, hardly knee-high rose bushes. Miniature roses, which hardly exceed 30 cm high, grow even more compact. Hybrid tea roses are characterized by long stems on which large, double flowers sit. They are predestined for vase cutting. Many bed and hybrid tea roses provide the best service when building the crown of tree roses. So the rose scent comes at nose level. The trunks also decorate the balcony and terrace in buckets.


Buchs in top form

Thanks to its legendary cut tolerance, Buchs is the ideal green material. Fine-leaved boxwood is one of the most sought-after garden plants. It takes this top position because of its amazing tolerance towards shaped cuts. Even the Romans knew how to appreciate formed bed borders made of Buchs. In today's gardens, however, Buchs is much more than just an evergreen frame for herb beds and borders. Numerous shapes and geometric figures can be carved out of the vital garden plant. The ability of the evergreen stand-up man to quickly outgrow one or the other incorrectly positioned cut and enable new lines is pleasant for all gardening enthusiasts. The sturdy growth of the stand-up male also means that figures once created have to be continuously kept in shape. Even artistic topiaries grow wild quickly without pruning and revert to their original shrub shape.

Book spirals are real eye-catchers and fit ideally in front gardens or exposed garden situations, for example. The elegant look of these green sculptures is enhanced by a cut. Therefore, place them so that you can always easily approach the figure. Forming a book is a creative challenge for many gardening enthusiasts. As a beginner, you should start with simple shapes such as cuboids to get a feel for the cut. Cardboard templates make it much easier to cut even, dent-free spherical shapes in the bucket. Transfer the desired radius onto a piece of cardboard. Cut out a circle shape so you can get a template to match. When cutting with the sheep shears, run the template along the plant. Important during the summer: after the cut, place the ball in the penumbra for a few weeks so that the fine new shoot does not burn in the sun!

The cut should be based on the growth phases of the plants. The plants sprout vigorously in March. A second, weaker growth phase follows at the end of June. Therefore, it is best to cut larger, already formed plants in July, after the last growth phase. Then the figure remains until spring without any noteworthy drift. A cut in spring has the opposite effect and only additionally strengthens the already strong budding.

The cordless shears are only worthwhile for gardening enthusiasts who want to form a large number of meters of box hedges several times a year. Sheep shears are ideal for figures. Since only soft shoots can be cut with it, the risk of cutting back too deep into woody branches is low.