The garden of a city villa that is under historical preservation ordinances harbors large trees such as beech, cedar, sycamore maple, and hemlock, which dominate the garden space.
In order to lastingly include into the new design the various large trees, whose roots sometimes stood more than 40 cm higher from the ground, the planted beds in the area of the trees were raised by using additional borders and walls. In this way, a solid basis was established for achieving an attractive planting beneath the trees.
A copper beech had posed a particular challenge over many years. It had settled into the narrow passageway to the main garden. Its trunk, around 80 cm in thickness, formed a broad base with strong flat roots. Today, a steel construction resting on foundation points spans the root area, and has been outfitted with flags of natural stone for a perfect fit. The beech roots, sensitive to pressure, have thus been spared. Rainwater there can soak directly into the ground underneath. Steps of natural stones placed in front of it today form the new entrance to the back part of the house's garden via the bridge over the roots.
The connecting wooden flooring opens up a comfortable seating area on the new garden podium, from which the view to the beautiful building can be enjoyed. Beginning at the corner of the building, there is an additional garden wall supporting the plateau, which also integrates a fir tree standing in an area raised about 40 cm above the ground at the opposite brick wall.
The planting is in keeping with the ambience of an elegant villa garden. The conditions vary around the house depending on the location. These range between full sun and complete shade, and between normal moist and extremely dry, all of which called for a correspondingly differentiated planting scheme.