Villa garden - Kortenberg
This park garden of 0.5 hectares was restored by the entrepreneurial landscape architect. Characterful, fast growing trees such as Juglans regia (common walnut) and Platanus hispanica (London plane) will create a balance with the existing trees and quickly give the garden the mature appearance required. Trees such as Liquidambar styraciflua (American sweet gum) and Nyssa sylvatica (black tupelo) will fill the garden with fiery autumn colours. Fully in keeping with the style of the house and its residents, a romantic style of planting was applied. Taxus baccata and Hedera helix 'Arborescens' provide structure through the seasons. Verbena bonariensis, Gaura lindheimeri, Pennisetum, anenomes and roses complete the romantic country character.
Nyssa sylvatica (black tupelo)
Nyssa sylvatica is a medium sized tree with a slightly shiny, green leaf. The branching structure is more or less horizontal and the lower branches tend to droop downwards which gives the tree a beautiful, natural silhouette. In autumn, the tree is spectacular; the scarlet to orange-red leaves make the tupelo one of the most striking autumnal trees of all. After the modest blossom, the small blue-black stone fruits appear. Nyssa sylvatica loves a nutrient rich, moist soil but can also tolerate drier ground.