Manfreda undulata

Manfreda undulata it is a small low-growing plant, forming a rosette up to 4 inches (10 cm) tall and up to 2 feet (60 cm) wide. Long…

Gardens in Germany

Germany is the least well-known of the great European gardening countries but has a rich heritage of designed gardens, particularly from the baroque, rococo and romantic periods. They are well maintained but because so many German gardens are now public parks (with no entrance fees) they are not as generously resourced as, for example, the chateau gardens of France.

In addition to these German Garden Finder entries, please see Garden Tours in Germany for information on tours, self-guided visits tailor-made tours and gardens open to the public in Germany.

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Common Vegetables in Germany

Folks with German grandparents may recognize kohlrabi, a lesser known brassica whose name means “cabbage turnip.” It can be eaten raw or cooked until it is soft and creamy.

Black salsify is another popular German vegetable that many Americans have never heard of. It is a long, black slender taproot often referred to as the “poor man’s asparagus,” as it is often on the menu during the winter months when the favored vegetable in German, white asparagus, is out of season.

The aforementioned white asparagus is grown in various regions of Germany, whereas the green variety of asparagus is popular in the U.S. White asparagus is hands down the most popular German vegetable and referred to as “white gold.”

Savoy cabbage is another vegetable popular in Germany. It is beginning to become more common due to the more varied offerings at farmer’s markets here as well. In Germany, it is used in soups and stews or steamed as a side dish.

1. Green Roofs

Above: A green roof in a backyard in Berlin. Photograph by Sebastian Wallroth via Flickr.

We may think of green roofs as a recent trend, but they took off in Germany in the ’60s and ’70s with improvement to roofing technology. They are important for encouraging biodiversity in plants while providing a living habitat they provide a natural insulation while absorbing rainwater and looking a lot more attractive than black felt. As with so many sensible ideas, green roofs made of turf were traditional in Europe before the Industrial Revolution.

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