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Large family garden in town

By Tallinn based garden designer Merilen Mentaal. In a quiet residential setting, backed by a hilly forest area, this modern newly-built family house asked for a combination of contemporary feeling mixed with lush planting, also considering the needs of playfulness of 3 quite young children in the family.

The indoor living room and sauna/pool area is extended into two large outdoor timber terraces which enable sunbathing, play, after-sauna relaxation and fine dining just to name few. The two terraces have slight level change and are separated by Miscanthus grasses which allow privacy, but don't block the view from the indoors.

Large family garden in town

The front and back garden are connected by tailor-made narrow and long concrete stepping stones leading to the terraces. The garden was made children in mind for they have their own large play-house with sand area, screened from the house by 5 Malus 'Rudolph' trees, a little hide-away place inside an old hazel tree and plenty of play space around the garden as all the garden rooms are easily interconnected.

Large family garden in town

Signature plants in the garden are grasses - Calamagrostis 'Karl Foerster', Miscanthus sinensis 'Kleine Fostäne', Miscanthus sinensis 'Yakushima Dwarf', Molinia arundinacea 'Karl Foerster' and Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal'. In addition, many pink blooms are in show throughout the season, starting with Viburnum bodnantense 'Dawn', Achillea 'Cerise Queen', Filipendula rubra 'Venusta', Physostegia virginiana 'Bouquet Rose', Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus' and ending with Sedum spectabile 'Brilliant'.

Large family garden in town

Plant-list:

Trees:
Acer platanoides 'Deborah'
Malus domestica 'Auksis'
Malus domestica 'Suislepp'
Malus 'Rudolph'
Prunus domestica 'Meelika'
Sorbus 'Joseph Rock'
Tilia x euchlora

Shrubs:
Amelanchier lamarckii
Corylus avellana 'Atropurpurea'
Hydrangea paniculata 'Kyushu'
Hydrangea petiolaris
Philadelphus coronarius 'Aureus'
Philadelphus 'Virginal'
Spiraea japonica 'Goldflame'
Syringa vulgaris 'Anden. an Ludwig Späth'
Syringa vulgaris 'Madame Lemoine'
Taxus media 'Hicksii'
Weigela florida 'Alexandra'
Viburnum bodnantense 'Dawn'
Viburnum opulus 'Roseum'

Perennials, climbers, grasses, bulbs:
Acanthus spinosus
Achillea 'Cerise Queen'
Allium 'Purple Sensation'
Aquilegia 'Ruby Port'
Astrantia major 'Rubra'
Calamagrostis 'Karl Foerster'
Carex siderostica 'Variegata'
Cimicifuga simplex 'Artropurpurea'
Clematis 'Albina Plena'
Deschampsia caespitosa
Digitalis ferruginea
Digitalis purpurea var 'Albiflora'
Echinacea purpurea 'Alba'
Echinacea purpurea 'Art's Pride'
Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus'
Euphorbia griffithii 'Fireglow'
Festuca gautieri
Festuca glauca
Filipendula rubra 'Venusta'
Galium odoratum
Geranium cinereum 'Ballerina'
Geranium magnificum
Geranium phaeum
Helenium 'Moerheim Beauty'
Helenium 'Wyndley'
Helianthemum 'Henfield Brilliant'
Hemerocallis 'Crimson Pirate'
Hemerocallis 'Gentle Shepard'
Heuchera 'Palace Purple'
Hosta 'Sum and Substance'
Imperata cylindr. var. koenigii 'Red Baron'
Iris pseudacorus 'Variegata'
Iris 'Loyalist'
Iris 'Vitafire'
Knautia macedonica
Lavandula angustifolia 'Alba'
Leucanthemum 'Wirral Supreme'
Liatris spicata 'Floristan White'
Ligularia przewalskii
Milium effesum 'Aureum'
Miscanthus sinensis 'Kleine Fontäne'
Miscanthus sinensis 'Yakushima Dwarf'
Molinia arundin 'Karl Foerster'
Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'
Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal'
Panicum virgatum 'Squaw'
Parthenocissus quinquefolia
Persicaria bistorta
Physostegia virginiana 'Bouquet Rose'
Rheum palmatum var 'Tanguticum'
Rosa 'Charlotte'
Rosa 'Molineux'
Rosa 'Summer Song'
Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm'
Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna'
Sanguisorba officinalis 'Tanna'
Sedum spectabile 'Brilliant'
Sedum 'Stardust'
Thymus praecox 'Albiflorus'
Tulipa 'Black Parrot'
Tulipa 'Havran'
Tulipa 'Queen of Night'
Tulipa 'Schoonoord'
Tulipa 'Toucan'
Veronicastrum Album
Zantedeschia 'Picasso'

In herb garden:
Allium aflatunense
Foeniculum vulgare
Fragaria ananassa 'Bounty'
Melissa officinalis
Mentha piperita
Origanum vulgare 'Aureum'
Petroselinum crispum var. Crispum
Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens'

Designed by Merilen Mentaal

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