The garden of interior decorator Albien was a hidden gem surrounded by five different backyards, garages, gardensheds and small alleys. To create an intimate, secret garden, she started gardening in the height. She builded up layers of plants, hedges, shrubs, and trees starting with wrapping all the surrounding fences in green; Hedera, Hosta, beech, Liguster. Above she made a second layer with decorative trees: Malus ‘Red Sentinel’, blossoming in spring, carrying red fruit in fall and winter. And Sycamores, providing wonderful shaped green leaves and silvery dotted trunks. On top, with trellisworks, she created a lushious flowering layer with fragant ramblers; white in june, red with all the rose-hips in fall and winter. Once this green passe-partout was ready, Albien designed several borders in green and white to keep peace in the secret garden. Some of the borders do have color; apricot, orange and sulfur yellow are her favorites, but always captured in tight hedges of green to keep it organized and easy on the eye.
Location The Netherlands NO. Images 83 Published in NL/BE2019