Sunday, September 6, 2015

HORTVS, the Private Garden of Peter Janke, Germany I

A few days ago I had the chance to visit the private garden of Peter Janke called HORTVS, located in Hilden, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. I have been wanting to see this garden for quite while now and I was very excited when the possibility opened up to me.

The property also contains a nursery and a garden and florist shop as well. In this post about HORTVS I start with showing you the area close to the garden and florist shop where some plants for sale were arranged in a very nice display. You simply had to buy plants there, or at least I would have if I would still live in Germany and not just visiting, as they were shown to their best advantage and you instantly got great ideas which plants would combine well with each other.

Since I love white gardens I was immediately drawn to this area containing white flowering and silver leaved plants. I was pleased to see that they made the effort to arrange the plants in beautiful, different and unusual mostly terracotta vessels.

The one plant that I really wanted for my own garden is this gem, called Eis Flockenblume, Centaurea candidissima 'Silverado'. The leaves were so soft to the touch. I have to see if I can find it in California as well. 

Another one that I was smitten with was the Buschmalve, Lavatera 'Barnsley Baby'.

Aren't the blooms lovely?

Yes, these succulents were really this blue-gray color! Stunning!

These heucheras represent autumn so perfectly!

Actually, I could take all these plants and transport them to my own garden...

For me it doesn't get much better than these silver white leaves: Eis Flockenblume, Centaurea candidissima 'Silverado', again!

Most of the time I am not too keen on warm color schemes, but this display won even me over.

Lovely Dahlia, unfortunately I don't know the name of the variety.

I think the purple and red heucheras together with the yellow-chartreuse grasses just look so beautiful with the yellow and red flowering plants in the background.

Another display area focusing on grasses and green leaved plants. Grasses are a huge topic in this garden. They seem to be very trendy anyway in these days in the garden world!

Plants and vessels simply arranged with taste and love.

The metal structure that the climbing plants have conquered already is really cool.

Intriguing bowl with succulents.

They had a great selection of small succulents. I can't help but think that they are presented in the German way, neat and orderly! The one missing must have been just bought. 

I just love their ability to arrange plants at HORTVS. Mouthwatering!

Again, dark purple heucheras together with chartreuse-yellow grasses. Just awesome!

Loved the Dahlia bloom in the flat bowl together with a very delicate water plant.

The entry to the garden and florist shop.

A new bust that is not kitsch like so many that you see in America. Unfortunately, I forgot to check the price tag.

The limbed-up trees to the left look pretty cool, don't you think?

I hope you have been as fascinated by their plants for sale display like I was.

In the near future I will  be blogging about the garden itself. Let me tell you already, that you will be in for a real treat. Peter Jankes' garden is incredible beautiful in an understated, subtle and most unusual way.

Thanks for visiting my blog and wishing all of you a great start into the new week!

See you in the garden!



  1. Thanks a lot I didn't know Peter Janke.

    Lovely nusery.

    I'm looking forward to see your posts from his garden!

  2. Me encanta, feliz semana. Besitos.

  3. Lucky you! Looks like they have an amazing collection of plants. So many beautiful succulents, and I agree--that 'Silverado' plant is special!

  4. Enjoy your visit to Germany! I love the way the plants are grouped in this nursery. As you said, it gives you great ideas for combining plants. I am sure if I lived near there, I would be a regular visitor, much to the detriment of my pocketbook! I also was drawn to the Silverado plant. It reminds me of some of the artemesias here in America. I am looking forward to your post featuring the garden!

  5. The plant sale area is very nicely set up - I think it would drive me crazy to leave without anything! That said, I think you can certainly find the sempervivums (as well as a wide selection of other succulents) and the Lavatera here. I'm not sure I've seen that same Centaurea but I purchased another, equally luscious representative of the genus last spring.

    1. Kris, believe me if customs would allow to import plants that centaurea candidissima 'Silverado' would have flown back with me to America ;-)! But what good news that you found a similar one. Do you remember the name of the variety?

  6. As I get older I like to have more containers in my garden that require little or no attention, and as you have shown look so attractive in groupings.
    I had the Lavatera 'Barnsley Baby' in my previous garden - it is very easy to grow.
    Did you know that the cultivar is named after Barnsley House, near me in the Cotswolds, where it was first grown by gardening guru Rosemary Verey

    1. Rosemary, I love container gardening, but I doubt that they are less work than planting plants into the ground, at least here in Southern California. You need to really watch after the containers and be diligent with the watering every day, unless they are planted up with succulents.
      How cool that you have been growing Lavatera 'Barnsley Baby' in your previous garden! And thanks for providing the info that this beautiful plant was first grown by Rosemary Verey at Barnsley House, I didn't know that!

  7. Dear Christina, you poor gardener! Leaving the nursery with nothing bought. I hope you can find Some of the grey leaf plants in california. I guess your mother was very pleased to see you again. I love to see more of this garden. Groetjes and enjoy your stay in germany. Hetty

  8. I just knew as soon as I saw the first image of the Centaurea you'd be immediately trying to source it. I wasn't familiar with it's proper name, grown here as an annual called Cineraria. The common name here is Dusty Miller. A neighbour a few doors down has a whole garden full of it!
    It's not easy getting displays to look as natural as they have and what a job they've done.
    I enjoyed this virtual tour Christina and so look forward to the follow up post. Have a good week.

  9. Du warst in Deutschland? Das ist ja toll. Ich kenne diesen Garten vom Hören, dort war ich nicht. Der Verkauf sieht klasse aus, sicher deutsch sortierte Semperviven, ich mußte gleich lachen. Meine sehen nicht ganz so ordentlich aus. Ich freue mich auf deinen weiteren Beitrag.


  10. What a cool place! Everything is just beautiful. :o)

  11. Thank you Christina! I love Centaurea 'Silverado' , Lavatera and blue succulents!

  12. Oh, I love silver leafed plants!
    Stunning arrangements!

  13. Lovely collection of plants Christina, I would happily have taken them all to my garden too!
    Like Angie said, over here we call these grey/silver leaved pants cineraria, I used to grow them in my old garden, and full name for the variety I had was Senecio cineraria 'Silver Dust'. There are many different varieties and the leaves are slightly different, I suspect the one you have photographed is a different variety from the one I used to grow. Although they are sold as an annual over here, I had all mine for 7 years in my old garden – all 10 of them - I just chopped them down in early spring and they grew back again! I am sure you could do the same if you decide to have some, they would look amazing in your white bed :-)

  14. Centaurea candidissima 'Silverado' is simply gorgeous, and I hope you're able to get it for your white garden. It would fit in perfectly.

  15. Really enjoyed this tour of such a fine nursery. I killed off a Baby Barnsely this summer, a very small rooted cutting. The regular Barnsley loves SoCal, gets huge, not long-lived but blooms impressively. Annie's Annuals carries that orostachys. I don't think I've ever seen it grown that well.

    1. Hi Denise, welcome to my blog and thank you for leaving a comment! I had no clue that you can grow 'Barnsley Baby' in Southern California, let alone that it is blooming profusely here. Somehow I am not aware that I have seen this plant in our area.
      Woohoo, thank you so much for the info that Annie's Annuals are carrying that orostaychys. I might acquire it from there.