This blog was born after searching the internet for reliable information on plants that thrive in the cold climate. I did not find a website that could answer my questions and I thought that maybe, I am not alone in this search.
All the information reported in this blog comes from the gardening experience of my family. I am not rewriting content found on other websites, or borrowing random plant pictures from the internet, just to make the blog prettier.
My aim is to create a blog that is as objective as possible, providing useful information. Not just “oh… look how beautiful this plant is!” or “this rose is quite hardy”. Yet this is not a cold collection of data, but a blog that wishes to convey my passion for gardening.
I would be very glad if readers will contribute to the blog by sending over information and pictures of plant varieties that grow in their Nordic gardens. In this way we can create a database of all plants that thrive in the cold climate and how to care for them.
By now you might be asking yourself “Is this blog just about Nordic gardening?”
Not at all! This blog is also about garden design, growing vegetables, fruits and garden travels, and most of the tips I share can be applied in any garden.
I believe that it is very rewarding gardening, independently where the garden is located. Surely, you will invest your energy into the garden, but the garden will give much more energy back to you. It will relax you, make you happy, curious, interested, learn new things… Very few activities can be as pleasurable as looking at a garden that you have created.
Nowadays it seems that everyone in gardening (and not only) believes in some “concept”, “philosophy” or “trend”. Let me share with you my vision of gardening:
What is a garden? No, it is not a lawn, and neither a flowerbed. A garden is an ecosystem of many living beings, dominated by plants, but helped by insects, animals and humans (although in many cases we damage more than help).
I believe there is a big difference between the word thrive and grow. Many plants manage to survive and grow, however, for some of them, the process of survival might take so much energy, that little is left to produce a good crop or flower yield. I believe each plant can be grown everywhere, if one puts enough effort into it. However, a garden cannot consist purely of such “effort demanding plants”. Therefore, in this blog I am mostly interested in finding, sharing and discussing plants that thrive in our gardens, needing minimal-moderate care to survive and be beautiful and productive.
There are so many different conceptions of “North”. People in Northern Italy believe they are in the north, Germany might be considered a Nordic country, not to talk about Denmark and Canada. Many gardeners in each of these places might believe they are facing great challenges due to their Nordic location.
Our garden in in the middle of Norway, and of course we also believe we are facing great challenges. Probably the people in North Norway laugh at us, thinking that we do not know what challenges are.
A beginner gardener might believe that if a plant survives in one Nordic location, it will manage to survive in all, if the winter temperatures are similar. However, this is not the case. In the North, many aspects are important, winter temperature being one of the least ones.
Some of the important questions to ask when comparing Nordic regions are:
- How warm is it on average during the summer?
- When do the first frosts usually appear?
- How warm and long is spring and autumn?
- Is the temperature stable (constantly below the freezing point) in the winter?
- How much snow is there in the winter?
- …. and last: what is the minimal temperature in the winter?
Every Nordic region is very different, having its own issues. You will see the answer to these questions for our Amberway Garden in this article.
The lack of information and knowledge, plus the unpredictability of the weather make Nordic gardening a challenging hobby. I am attracted exactly by this, by our challenge to the North, to the weather. I want to look proudly at my garden that grew despite of low temperatures, high precipitations and total lack of summer sometimes. This is what makes for me walking through a Nordic garden very rewarding!