Landgarten von Jutta und Michael Bongers am Niederrhein

The effects of climate change on garden design – part 3

Today I write about the theme block later and wet winter:


I have to think back a long time to remember a real winter break before the turn of the year. The last years have been characterized by a mild and long autumn, with rainfall from the end of November.

According to my perception, this causes the sprouting of certain plants earlier than usual. In particular, flower bulbs and hydrangeas are affected. Similarly, some ornamental shrubs that bloom in early spring (March cherries, Viburnum species).

Furthermore, perennial flowerbeds – with the appropriate choice of plants – remain “nice” and attractive. Above all,  late perennials such as asters, cimicifuga, late salvies and of course many grasses benefit in any case.

By and large, I can definitely win the later winter, as he definitely extended the garden season and shortened the winter felt.

The question would be exciting to what extent animals and insects are affected positively or negatively. The bees and bumblebees fly to us even in late autumn or the perennial beds.

The rainfalls ensure a good soak before next spring.

Our response to the slightly changed circumstances is that we focus more on spring and autumn. Especially in the segment of late perennials and grass we have set a variety of attractive and interesting varieties. Many are insect friendly and often provide food for birds.

Asters, Echinacea, Vernonia, Persicaria, Cimicifuga, Helenium, Salvien, Panicum, Sporobolum, Molinia, Pennisetum, … just to name a few.

We have responded to the early onset of flower bulb blooms with the complementary use of late wild daffodils.


A garden is always exciting!