The climate is changing, everyone knows that. The four marked seasons are no longer really relevant.
Watch the film of this year 2020. The hot and dry season started in March, almost in all regions. It continued all spring, then all summer. The wet season started in October, and in view of recent years, we are moving towards a probability of very mild winter.
It makes you think of the tropics a bit, it’s rather nice, but we will have to adapt our gardens to these new conditions.
Sylvie Ligny is the co-founder of Garden_Lab, the magazine that explores the gardens of the future. For them, our methods and our desires must change:
Plant acidic soil plants (heather, gardenias, camellias, rhododendrons) in limestone soil at all costs, it’s over. It’s best to go for a walk, see what grows well in your environment, and tell yourself that these plants are all meant to be planted in your own garden.Sylvie Ligny from Garden_Lab magazine
“Having large or small gardens under permanent infusion is also over. We must aim for greater autonomy. A garden that needs permanent attention is no longer fun at a given moment. So, you will have to make efforts to adapt your garden to its regional climatic context. “
In its number 10 devoted to the garden and to drought, Garden_Lab gives voice to researchers, landscapers, geo-historians, and foresters, and reports their observations and experiences. Their conclusions are clear: we must now choose our plants for their resistance to drought in summer, and prevent them from drowning in winter.
Sylvie Ligny met Peter Korn. This landscaper who lives near Gothenburg, Sweden, has reinvented his garden and his way of gardening:
“Sweden faces the same problems as us. Peter Korn is known to revegetate completely mineralized species in the city. For his plantations, he starts by removing the surface layer of the soil (about 20 cm) and replaces it with sand. he sets up his plants, raised in a nursery, so as to provide them with an excellent root system and therefore good rooting … “
If you’re new to gardening, I highly recommend reading this issue of Garden_Lab. There you will find ideas for arranging small spaces in the city, creating a gravel garden or transforming your terrace into an urban scrubland.