Modern garden - Kortenberg
This young, modern garden in Kortenberg looks out across a green landscape. The landscape architect and garden entrepreneur used the depth of the garden to enhance the view across the landscape beyond. The garden is connected with the cultural landscape through the integration of a modern orchard with varieties of Juglans regia (walnut), Prunus avium (cherry) and Pyrus communis (pear). Evergreen Quercus ilex (evergreen oak) planted in a row lead the line of sight to the orchard and the landscape beyond. These trees will also create a visual buffer between the garden and the neighbours. The feeling of a flower meadow was replicated with the ornamental grasses Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln' and Stipa tenuissima in combination with perennials such as Verbena bonariensis, Gaura lindheimeri, Salvia nemorosa, Echinacea purpurea and Sedum and Geranium varieties.
A multi-stemmed Parrotia persica (Persian ironwood) and a solitary Cercis chinensis 'Avondale' (Chinese redbud) provide height and relief to the front garden and produce colour early in the year. Parrotia persica heralds the arrival of spring with its red blooms in February-March and Cercis chinensis 'Avondale' takes over with violet-pink blossom in April-May. Later in the year, both trees display impressive autumn colours. To bring structure to the front garden, the evergreen Japanese holly Ilex crenata 'Dark Green' was used.
Parrotia persica (Persian ironwood)
Often cultivated as a multi-stemmed tree but also as a standard, this is an extremely valuable addition to the garden. It is suitable for the smaller garden or front garden, since it will rarely grow taller than 10 m. Parrotia persica 'Vanessa' has a more upward growth which makes it ideally suited to smaller locations. As a multi-stemmed tree, Parrotia persica is much loved due to its wonderful quirky branch structure. It flowers relatively inconspicuously before the leaves unfold but the bright red anthers are an eye-catching sight, especially in older trees. Also of special ornamental value are the tree’s superb autumn colours, ranging from golden yellow, orange-red to purple.