Sunday, October 18, 2015

HORTVS, Peter Janke: The Formal Garden II

Continuing my tour through Peter Janke's private garden in Germany, that I visited in September this year, I am featuring a garden area that was called The Formal Garden. I personally was very fascinated by that specific part of the garden, because the layout of the beds surrounded by evergreen hedges was indeed formal, but the plantings inside the beds were simply wild in the very best sense and quite unusual.

The image above is my favorite photo of The Formal Garden. This part of Peter Janke's garden was difficult to photograph, because there were either buildings in the background that weren't so pretty or people, who were touring the garden and disturbed the photos. But I feel this shot captured the magical and fascinating atmosphere that lingered in The Formal Garden the best.

This was the first glance that you got right before you entered The Formal Garden. The layout contains an island bed in the center, surrounded by four square beds. Each square bed had the edge facing the center island bed "cut off" and it was replaced by a visually softer half moon shape corner.

To the right and left side of the entrance to The Formal Garden there were two concrete containers placed with very healthy aloes. These guys could have been growing as well in Southern California, where I live. 

The very nice lady, who runs the simple cafe at Hortvs, told me that The Formal Garden is planted each year with another theme. This year it had become a Mediteranean garden. I felt a little bit reminded of the Parie Garden Style, that is so very fashionable right now. Even though admittedly I am not a big fan of this garden style, I have to say that I loved the unusual plant compositions in this garden, so let's have a closer look at what plants Peter Janke used here. 

There was a lot going on plant-wise in all of the beds. 

One combination that I hadn't seen so far is the pairing of what I believe are Castor bean plants (Ricinus communis) with this intensive light blue flowering plant. I assume, that it is a type of salvia, but I am not sure. If anyone can identify this plant, could you please leave a comment and let me know? Thanks!

These little cheerful bloomers look like a plant that is called Santa Barbara Daisy (Erigeron karvinskianus) here in Southern California. 

Another of the (almost) square beds in the garden. I love the use of the grasses, the Santa Barbara Daisy, the fennel and the palm in the middle of the bed. 

Catmint, a favorite plant of mine, was also used in The Formal Garden.

Another photo of the striking combination between Castor Beans and the blue flowering plant that I love so much.

These plants also reminded me of my own climate.

Close-up of the Castor Bean flowers.

Light and airy blue loveliness.

Also a plant that I don't know the name of, but it was quite interesting.

A very natural planting style!

I really love the center island bed. The old bird bath planted with succulents and the underplanting goes so well together.

Close-up of the top of the bird bath.

I believe this is Chocolate Comos, Cosmos astrosangineus, which were used as underplantings in the island bed.

Here Peter Janke made use of a garden statue, which I believe is a new one, but done in the old style.

Grasses together with aloes and a silver leaved plant. Nice!

I want this blue flowering plant so badly for my own garden!

Shot of another of the square flower beds.

I really think that the plant combinations are quite inspiring!

I was quite smitten by this garden, but can imagine that it is not for everyone. I am curious to hear what you, my dear readers, think about it. I would be happy if you would leave a comment and share your opinion.

In case you are interested to see the first post, that I wrote about Peter Janke's garden, please click here:
HORTVS, the private Garden of Peter Janke, Germany I

Wishing all of you a great week with hopefully lots of good garden weather!

See you in the garden!



  1. Thank you for sharing your visit, Christina! I liked the garden very much - most of the plant selections would also be happy here in Southern California. It didn't look formal in aspect to me at all, despite the surrounding evergreen hedges. The blue flowering plant you like may be Salvia uliginosa, which I saw recently in Denise's garden at "A Growing Obsession."

    1. Kris, I was surprised how many of the plants that were growing in this garden in Germany, would also grow in our climate, but I am curious to know how many of them would survive the winter there. Since they replant this part of the garden every year, I assume that this was not a consideration in their plant choices.
      I have to look up Salvia uliginosa and also check out Denise's blog. Thanks so much for pointing that out to me. I really have to increase my plant knowledge, there are way to many plants that I don't know the names of :-)!

  2. Beautiful! Your ornamental grass and red castor are so interesting! Thanks for sharing me about santa barbara daisy, I often see that daisy grow wildly on the roadside in the highland

  3. Lovely garden - did you smell the Cosmos astrosangineus? - it actually smells like chocolate.

    1. Rosemary, no, I was so eager to photograph this part of the garden, I simply forgot to smell the Chocolate Cosmos. What a bummer! A plant that smells like chocolate would certainly win me over as its biggest fan :-)!

  4. I loved this garden! What a treat for you to have walked around in it.

    Thank you for sharing ~ FlowerLady

  5. A wonderful garden to visit, I loved the plant combinations and yes, the beautiful blue flowers are of Salvia uliginosa, a not so hardy Salvia in our country, but in California it will thrive.

  6. Fabulous planting, and loving the touches of tender plants to further enhance the garden :)

  7. Ein wunderschöner Garten, der sich keiner Konvention unterordnet - mir gefällt er sehr. Ich hab das jetzt nicht richtig verstanden, die blaue Salvia möchtest du für deinen eigenen Garten? Sie ist sehr hoch und blüht sehr spät.


  8. I enjoyed this post! There is a lot to see here. I appreciate the next to last photo, which shows how it is all pulled together. It really does remind me of your climate, which I got a little taste of, as I just returned from California, north of you but at least in the same state.

  9. Hi Christina, it is interesting you say you are not a big fan of prairie planting - I am not either, but I enjoy visiting blogs with this theme and see photos of this style. In my own garden I go for a very different style, but there are always plants that are interesting to put on my wish-list. This time Cosmos astrosangineus caught my eye, I tried it several times in my previous garden but it didn't thrive. I will have another go here in my new garden as it is such a gorgeous plant.

  10. Effectivement, ce jardin suscite de l’intérêt et les plantes qui le peuplent ont conservé une belle prestance en septembre. La plante bleue est bien une variété de sauge que l'on cultive en Europe en plante annuelle. Cette variété résiste jusqu'à -8 ° quand elle est plantée en sol bien drainé. La plante rouge est du ricin appréciable pour sa croissance rapide mais les graines sont toxiques.
    Belle soirée

  11. I like the look of this garden very much. A mix of the formal and informal. I'll bet it looks an entirely different place in winter, where the formality of it all will be far more apparent.
    The other plant you were not so sure of Christina might be a Eucomis (Pineapple Lily). I think they are native to south Africa or there abouts. Not hardy here, I know I've tried them. I am just about to lift my Cosmos astrosanguineum tubers in the hope I can bring them through winter. Keep your fingers crossed for me Christina. I will need all the help with them I can I think :)
    Great post.

  12. I really like the texture in this garden - with the mix of strong structural succulents mixed in with soft grasses and bouquets of blooms spilling out of the borders. That castor bean flower is especially interesting. I haven't seen anything like it before.

  13. Mediterranean in Germany. Who'd a thought?

  14. Sorry I am so late to,post à commant. I was so busy. Lovely garden! I like the blue plant too. Groetjes, Hetty

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