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The Master's New Garden

Anders Mårtensson, gardener and garden designer has created his own oasis by mixing different styles.

Anders Mårtensson in his beuatiful garden outside of Limhamn, Sweden.

Anders Mårtensson in his beuatiful garden outside of Limhamn, Sweden.

Against the sun-warmed paling, Anders grows tomatoes, lettuce and herbs. The IKEA sink, where the vegetables are rinsed, was given a home-made bottom-half.

Against the sun-warmed paling, Anders grows tomatoes, lettuce and herbs. The IKEA sink, where the vegetables are rinsed, was given a home-made bottom-half.   

The six-meter tall bamboo Phyllostachys Aureosulcata Spectabilis rattles in the soft late summer wind and forms a waving shadow over the patio in the south. Next to the green striped trunks, the water ripples lazily.

In Anders Mårtensson's lush garden in Limhamn nothing has been left to chance. Yet, the experience of it is like a quiet forest glade created by Mother Nature herself.

— I have worked a lot with different green shades and leaf shapes, contrasts between high and low, wild and trimmed. My whole life revolves around gardening, so I find harmony in the quiet greenery. My favorite seasons in the garden are May and October. The spring is for me a rebirth, the fern leaves bud out, the treetops become light green and the king bed lilies sprout on their narrow stems. In the spring I do proper cleaning of all the flower beds and then I put on a 3-4 cm thick layer of cow manure in all plantings. The plants thrive in the lean and nutritious soil and the take up a lot of space, which means that there is no room left for weeds”, says Anders.

“I got my inspiration as a young boy in the forests around Brösarps Backar”

In October, the garden explodes in dramatic colors such of red, orange and yellow, with the trees playing the leading role in this autumn sonata.

— Trees are my passion, they add so much to a garden. They create height and tiers while at the same time filtering the light so beautifully.

With the help of the sun, the Tibetan cherry trees glisten while the spindle tree leaves get fine autumn colors and the rowan tree blossoms with white rowan-berries. The Japanese maples have incredibly beautiful leaves in several different shades and reach a good intermediate height that ties together higher trees in the background with low plants in front, he explains. In the 380 square meter garden, each room has a patio created according to the prevailing light conditions so that there are always both sunny and shady places to be.

“My vision is to create places that are as beautiful during the day as during the evening”

— Two years ago we made an extension to our house. This changed the garden's character and left us with a larger wooden deck with both a dining area with pergola and a lounge section where the sun rays wander through the cherry tree leaves during the day. On the roof of the house we built a 35 square meter terrace which has full sun exposure from sun-up to sundown. The raised, paved patio is half shaded all day because of the trees which, at their base, are joined by different kinds of bamboo, hakenochloa, ferns, boxwood and plantain lilies, says Anders.

In the evening, the garden changes shape thanks to the lighting.

— My vision, both when it comes to my own garden but also when drawing others, is to create places that are as beautiful during the day as well as during the evening, all year round. Therefore, I often choose to build the gardens on a foundation of evergreen plants such as boxwood, ivy and bamboo. The trunks of the trees become a graphic element in the winter and the lighting creates a nice atmosphere in the evenings.

 

With a trellis fence you can quickly screen off spaces and create “rooms” in your garden. Anders often moves around his pots, and when the plants are at their best, they get the spotlight.

With a trellis fence you can quickly screen off spaces and create “rooms” in your garden. Anders often moves around his pots, and when the plants are at their best, they get the spotlight.

Upstairs is a paved patio surrounded by various kinds of bamboo.

Upstairs is a paved patio surrounded by various kinds of bamboo.

The terrace was built on top of the new extension, and there is sun all day. The chairs come from Ikea and they have ordered the table by a friend who is a blacksmith.

The terrace was built on top of the new extension, and there is sun all day. The chairs come from Ikea and they have ordered the table by a friend who is a blacksmith.

A nice dining area with room for many. The wall-mounted bench is Anders's favorite, where he can have dinner under the vine. By the pergola, built by Anders a few years ago, vine and white Wisteria will eventually give shade to the dining area. The lamp was made out of a chicken cage.

A nice dining area with room for many. The wall-mounted bench is Anders's favorite, where he can have dinner under the vine. By the pergola, built by Anders a few years ago, vine and white Wisteria will eventually give shade to the dining area. The lamp was made out of a chicken cage.

The lounge is newly built and has been furnished with chairs from Ikea and a table found at a flea market.

The lounge is newly built and has been furnished with chairs from Ikea and a table found at a flea market.

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