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Last weekend I was on the road again. This time we went to Hermannshof to Weinheim near Heidelberg. The private show and sight garden is open to the public and costs no entrance fee. It is a 2.2-hectare estate with a classicistic mansion, which was formerly owned by the industrialist family Freudenberg and was redesigned in the early 1980s in a showcase for perennials.
The yellow flowers with the brown center are widely illuminated: the sun hat 'Goldsturm' (Rudbeckia fulgida var. Sullivantii) is an indispensable species for sunny borders until October
As one of the most instructive gardens in Germany there is much to discover here for hobby gardeners as well as professionals. The Hermannshof - which is run by the company Freudenberg and the city of Weinheim - is located in a region with a mild wine-growing climate and you can see here the most common location situations of perennials. They are represented in the seven typical areas of life: wood, woody edge, open spaces, stone plants, water edge and water, and bedding. The individual plant communities each have their flower highlights at different seasons - and so there is something beautiful to see all year round.
Rudbeckia hirta 'Cherry Brandy' is a two-year-old sun hat variety. It is about 50 centimeters high and attracts numerous insects. You can also cut the stems for the vase
Latest flowers at the Hermannshof
At the moment, besides the prairie garden, especially the flower beds with the North American bedding shrubs are splendidly present. From this area I would like to show some photos today. In one of my next posts I will present further highlights from the Hermannshof.
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A rather curious flower form has the weak-felted sun hat (Rudbeckia subtomentosa 'Henry Eilers'), because his pale yellow tubular flowers, which radiate from the brown center, end in broad tongues. This species is about 150 inches high
This beautiful late bloomer (Rudbeckia triloba 'Prairie Glow') is a selection from a North American wild plant. It is short-lived, but preserves itself by self-sowing. Very beautiful is the change in its flower color from flowering to blooming
In the prairie garden there is an exciting mixture of high grasses of the prairie, different common sunhats (Echinacea), prairie hunters (Parthenium integrifolium), Perovskie, cup plants (Silphium perfoliatum) and red-violet vernonia (Vernonia crinita)
Hermannshof: Worthwhile excursion destination
If you want to know more about this worthwhile excursion destination and its plant treasures - here are also some very old and beautiful woody plants - and opening hours, you can do that on the website of the Hermannshof.
Not necessarily something for small gardens is the Wasserdost (Eupatorium maculatum 'giant umbrella'), he is at least up to 180 inches high. Its large wine-red flowers magically attract bees and butterflies in late summer