Because I really love to work with my hands – cutting back plants, potting up seedlings – the Potting Bench has very quickly become my favourite place in the garden’. For Maike Graalmann, her property is also her outdoor workroom, and because plants are always in bloom on her zinc covered work surface, this is a perfectly natural aspect of the garden layout.
‘What are in expansive park landscapes the visual axes and focal points, are in smaller spaces plant containers, climbing supports, and decorative elements’, she explains. And of course, her own garden is above all, an area of peace and quiet – perfect for relaxing after a long hard day. For her, the size of the garden is not paramount – with careful observation of the sun’s progress, it is possible that even in the late afternoon, a sunny niche can be found for a lounger.