The Nepal Himalaya Park Revisited

In early July I returned to the Himalaya Garden near Regensburg, which I posted about here, but this time with my sister. It was very sunny, but the bright sunshine didn’t detract from the planting at all. As I mentioned in my last post about it, this is not a show garden, but more a plant lover’s playground. And yet some of the combinations were stunning! These Foxtail Lilies for example, with golden green Euphorbia and golden grasses…

The blues, silvers and golds all melded together too: here Eryngium with more grasses…

And here Eryngium, Lavender and Melica ciliata…

I particularly like this part of the garden, set in a former stone quarry on a well-drained south-facing slope…

We both enjoyed the amazing and unusual selection of plants and trees, some of which remain unidentified. Can anyone help us identify this tall flower in the foreground below, with large silvery leaves?

And those green ‘umbrella’ style plants on the right seem familiar too… now what are they!

I know I can count on my wise and curious plant-loving readers for help! 😉

30 thoughts on “The Nepal Himalaya Park Revisited

  1. Love the echinops and the grasses! Hmmmm, I just looked up the grass and it should be hardy here, might have to look for a source next 😉
    The large leafed plant is a plume poppy. Cool leaves and height, but it is a spreader and some people complain about that. I think the umbrella like plants are willow leaved sunflowers. I didn’t know they would grow as a pond side plant, I bet they get huge as well!

    • Oh great! Thanks Frank! I wouldn’t have known where to start looking. Love those leaves. I suppose if you have a cold winter that might help them stay in check… if I go next year I shall take special note of how much they have spread! Willow-leaved sunflowers sound very exotic, and I have just read that they love limestone prairies, so perfect for this spot. I am not sure if the ground near the pond is very damp, as it is raised on that side of the pond, but both plants certainly have the full sun they like. I hope I can get back when the sunflowers are in flower. Thanks again for your help! 😃🌼

      • I’ve always wanted to try the sunflowers, but they get awfully tall. Actually there are many amazing perennial sunflowers, but most of them are either spreaders, or really big, or both!

  2. I see Frank has unveiled the secret before I could oblige. I’d love to see that garden and what I really love about it is the way the plants blend naturally into each other making it look like a natural landscape rather than a garden. Thanks for taking us along xx

  3. Thanks for the nice review. And yes, probably a typical “show-garden” I don’t have. But it is also not only a “plant lovers playground”. I cultivate more than 4000 different plants, but at first it is a nature-oriented garden for the less good conditions in Eastern Bavaria. An English garden I can’t make. Often in summer there is 2, 3 months without rain and very hot, between 30 and 40 degree above zero and in winter it is often one, two months more than 20 degree below zero. And I don’t have a lot of employees, one gardener and 2 seasonal worker, this isn’t a lot of 8 ha. So I have to make a garden “for intelligent lazybones” (K. Foerster, german gardener and philosopher)

    • I am so pleased you have visited my blog! I certainly didn’t mean my comment about the playground in a derogatory sense – I very much admire the way this garden has been created to look so natural and am sure there has been a lot of hard work involved. I live quite close now (I have been living and gardening in Bavaria since 1993) and have only just discovered your garden. I had not known previously what a beautiful place it is, and I will definitely be visiting again soon! Thanks!

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