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Sometimes it takes over 20 years to realize that the garden is lacking. For Marianne and Peter Hautzinger from Bocholt it was the grasses. They turn a late summer or fall day into an experience.
No more summer, but not yet autumn - Family Hautzinger loves this time especially, because now in the garden grasses play the main role
When the still warm late summer wind plays around the tall grasses, Marianne and Peter Hautzinger prefer to sit on their wooden deck by the pond. Then the two former enthusiastic sailors feel again like on the ocean; and in the face of the silver waves that run like a ribbon through the garden, one almost feels the constant ups and downs of the wave motion. While other gardens are slowly saying goodbye to the season, this garden has the feeling that it has just reached its peak. From the wooden deck you can see a part of the 800 square meter property with a park-like background, dominated by grasses, asters and autumn anemones.
View across the pond to the terraceThe new patio roof was the trigger for a redesign of the garden nine years ago. A large wooden deck was added and as a result, the couple fulfilled the dream of a pond, which became the heart of the garden. The 40 square meter pond was considered a natural habitat. Thanks to good planning, there are no problems with algae. Bank ditches were excavated around the pond pit, which were also lined with foil and - like the foil bottom in the central pond - filled with a sand-clay mixture. Caterpillars, frog spoons, eaves and cotton grass thrive in the ditches, while only a few plants grow in the pond. This separated the nutrient area. In addition, underwater plants provide oxygen in the water and the deep zone in the middle of 1.80 m in the summer for a valuable cooling water reservoir.
New love: grasses
Marianne and Peter Hautzinger enjoy the late summer garden on their wooden deck at the house"Until a few years ago, I had nothing in mind with grasses," admits Marianne Hautzinger. The garden did not look good for three decades, and when in 2005 - after the renovation of the garden with terrace roofing, pond construction and redistribution of the property - she had planted her perennial and rose beds, she thought that everything was ready. "But then a grassy book fell into my hands and it had happened to me." A visit to Piet Oudolf's popular grass garden in the Netherlands was not long in coming. "Do not take too much," was the advice of the Dutch garden designer. "Of course I planted too much, but there is hardly anything to see," says Marianne Hautzinger. She cleverly knows how to combine the mostly tall grasses with other late summer flowers. With perennial clematis it extends the flowering time in a special way: The 'Mrs. Robert Brydon 'places them over the beds as soon as the perennials have faded, so that they are soon covered with white flowers. A coat of Clematis vitalba gets flowered rhododendrons and azaleas.
Gardening - Gardening
From here, the Hautzinger family can wonderfully observe the frogs in the pondBecause of their many ideas, the garden day of the trained educator, mother and grandmother of two grandchildren often comes to the end of the season often: "I often work like a mole through the garden, but above ground and often with a hot water bottle in the back," reveals she laughs. Until husband Peter - who in turn takes care of pond and cutting work - they can finally steer back onto the wooden deck, where they can end the evening together. The fact that the two years ago they exchanged their sails and steering wheel for spades and digging forks, they do not regret a minute. And for their binoculars, which sailed around the world with them, they are still used today: to "snowflake" at the pond!
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Late summer garden of Famlie Hautzinger (12)
From the wooden deck, the Hautzinger family enjoys the view of the large pond and the stately clumps of the miscanthus (Miscanthus). In late summer light the leaves of the fan maple shine.
In summer, white roses and thimble flower in the bed, which is edged with a low book hedge, blooming...
... and in autumn, the red fat hen (Sedum) blooms lushly.
Steppe sage (Salvia nemorosa) and catnip (Nepeta) surround the small seating area on the lawn in summer...
... while in the autumn, miscanthus, pink mallow, red fetthene and asters shape the picture.
Between white autumn anemones and violet fragrance nettle (Agastache), two decorative glass balls shimmer. The background is formed by the inflorescences of the miscanthus.
In September, the dogwood (Cornus) adorns with extravagant fruits.
The willow shrub presents its autumnal foliage in different shades of red.
The flowers of Clematis heracleifolia 'Mrs. Robert Brydon 'show from July to October and conquer flowered flowerbeds and shrubs. In spring, the clematis is cut back.
Asters are a must in the late summer and fall garden. Even insects are happy about the violet flower petals.
Pretty leaves have the lizard tail (Houttuynia cordata 'Chamaeleon'). Marianne Hautzinger appreciates the strongly proliferating shrub for shady, moist beds.
The small garden house is beautifully framed by tall trees and numerous shrubs.