Bringing Copenhagen style to our garden

20th October 2017

This weekend we are putting our garden to bed for the winter and I’m not happy about it.

Usually I’m quite excited by the thought of new knitwear, extra candlelight and nights snuggled up watching a box set or two, but after all we’ve achieved this year I’m really going to miss wielding my trowel.

When we moved into our house the garden wasn’t a key selling point for us, but thankfully we inherited a tidy, well-kept space, with even I have to admit an amazing man shed. So when the time came earlier this year for us to finally transform it into our dream space where did we turn to for inspiration? Copenhagen of course! 

Here are my recommendations if you also looking to add some Nordic style to your own garden:

1.         STAY Copenhagen

It was while staying in Islands Brygge at Stay by Hay that we turned into total decking nerds. The communal areas are all decked, including a roof terrace with amazing views of the city. The way the boards have been fitted give lots of visual interest as they are placed at different angels, incorporate seating areas and raised beds, plus at night they are lit up to give visitors that extra hygge fix.

What we took from here:

Our main structural material, and also an answer to the multiple levels our garden runs on. We also wanted to bring the outside in and use something that would complement the parquet flooring that runs throughout the ground floor of our house.

2.         The Royal Library Gardens

One of our all-time favourite public spaces and located in the heart of the city, between Christiansborg Palace and the Royal Library, this place has a really special atmosphere. As you sit amongst the beautiful flower beds listening to the water fountain in the central pool you soon realise this is not just a haven for overtired tourists, but locals young and old as a meeting place for a coffee or even a family picnic.

What we took from here:

We adore the style of this garden, it’s a formal setting but the planting is much softer with drifts of Japanese anemone, crocosmia, and swathes of veronicastrum.

3.         Botanical Garden

No matter how many travel guides you read the Botanical Gardens are always a must visit when in Copenhagen. Just a quick walk from Nørreport station you really don’t have to be a plant expert to appreciate the beauty that surrounds you, from pristine lawns, rockeries and lakes through to it’s crowning glory, the grand palm house.

What we took from here:

Our first visit was in late spring and we will never forget how amazing the irises and alliums looked planted together. They were real show stoppers, along with a breath-taking wisteria arch as you entered. 

4.         King’s Garden

This insanely beautiful tree lined space surrounds Rosenborg Castle and is right in the thick of the city. The oldest royal garden in Copenhagen, it is visited by millions every year and it’s easy to see why. I was completely overwhelmed by the romance of this place when we visited in August, taking so many happy memories away with me. I can’t wait to go back.

What we took from here:

We really loved how many of the paths and borders were lined with lavenders and the rose garden was like something straight out of a fairy-tale, the colour and scent in high summer was amazing.

5.         Tivoli Gardens

Not sure how many people visit Tivoli for their gardens but we did, that and to meet Rasmus Klump! Across the site there are 12 different themed gardens including The Orient, an Orangery, and our favourite, The Concert Hall Gardens. They are genuinely beautifully planted and our little boy thoroughly enjoyed all the ducks and exotic birds walking around too.

What we took from here:

Back in August the dahlias where in full bloom and really complimented the bright colours of the fairground rides around them. They had also been planted alongside ferns which added a great structural backdrop.

We are by no means finished with our own garden yet, but we know we have lots of amazing years ahead of us exploring, learning and developing it even further.

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