Water-wise planting inspiration

A Classic Modern Garden for a Three Generation Family

Overflowing flowers kept in place by neat rows of dwarf boxwood. This three generation family asked for a garden that fits their house and new lifestyle away from the city. The vegetable garden offers plenty of leafy greens and root vegetables, there are lots of pleached and fastigiate fruit trees as well as berry shrubs for the kids to enjoy. And after a long day, the family can relax in the rose-covered pavilion with a view of the hot/cool perennial border. 

Japanese Tsuboniwa Garden in Kyoto

Next to my daily work in the Kodai-ji temple gardens in spring of 2014, I built this tsuboniwa courtyard garden for the Ramen restaurant Mamezen in Kyoto. The owner Minoru Yonekawa had only one request: The sound of a trickling stream for his patrons to enjoy while dining on the tatami floor of the traditional Machiya town house.


A small mountain stream flows through the 2 x 2.4 m garden. Rocks, gravel and plants are all sourced locally. Design-Build Team: Tatsuhiko Kobayashi (小林達彦), Tatsuomi Ikeda (池田辰臣) and Jenny Feuerpeil (伊恵弐 フォイヤーパイル)



Minimalist Family Garden in Berlin

This urban garden offers everything a young family can ask for - a lawn to kick a ball around, a huge terrace to entertain, low maintenance plants including Miscanthus grasses and boxwood cubes, an apple tree and a water feature. And, yes, a "hidden" corner where the parents can read and unwind after a long day.




Natural Wellness Retreat

This garden is designed to compliment the newly-built house in the beautiful Palatine countryside. The young owner couple likes to entertain on their big terrace and enjoys the view of their lush green garden from their unique spa area. This project was realized in cooperation with Markus Richers of the design and build company Grasgrün GmbH.