Here we offer you information on the natural design of a garden and wish you lots of fun and success!

Here we offer you information on the natural design of a garden and wish you lots of fun and success! Our natural garden brochure offers information on near-natural garden design. It is available in the town halls and at the environmental office and can also be downloaded here (Natural Garden Brochure 2010 (German)). The aim of a nature garden is to give as many native plants and animals as possible a chance to live and thus to enable encounters with nature on the doorstep. By clever design, valuable habitats can also be created on a limited area. Sometimes even small changes are enough to create a home for songbirds, amphibians and butterflies.

In a near-natural garden, native woody plants should also be adequately represented. Even if exotic species sometimes bloom more splendidly or are wintergreen, the native species offer more living possibilities and food for insects, birds and other animals. Many development plans require the planting of minimum proportions of indigenous trees and shrubs.

Lists of suitable tree, shrub and fruit species are deposited here (German) or here on our Website.


Gravel gardens

A gravel garden is a garden area that is covered extensively with stones. This is usually broken, sharp-edged rock, but also gravel, boulders or chippings are used. Unlike classic gravel and rock gardens, the focus is not on vegetation, but on a garden area that is perceived as tidy and requires little maintenance.

Usually there are hardly any plants and if there are, they are strictly shaped and cut. It is questionable whether gravel gardens should be classified as gardens at all, since plants play hardly any to no role at all.

Source: Hannes Huber

Gravel gardens are illegal and completely worthless for nature.

According to the state building regulations, “undeveloped areas are to be laid out as green areas or otherwise greened”, which is not fulfilled in the case of gravel gardens.(§ 9
Non-built up areas of the developed plots, children’s playgrounds)

These are biologically dead, since the soil is usually removed and filled with gravel, so that no more plants can root. In addition, a cover is often placed under the gravel, which virtually seals the area. Insects, lizards, spiders and wild plants do not find a habitat like in real rock gardens, which are biologically valuable as replicas of natural habitats.

Cherry laurel or thuja, which are occasionally planted in such gardens, are also worthless for native animal species.

Urban climate and nature suffer from stone deserts

The stones of the gravel gardens store the heat of the sun in summer and thus contribute to the overheating of the cities. As green areas, they could balance out the temperatures and thus counteract climate change and its consequences. Since the large building plots already seal a considerable area, it is irresponsible to additionally seal the remaining area and thus undermine even more important habitats.

On the Facebook page “Gärten des Grauens” by Ulf Soltau pictures with horrible examples can be uploaded. Here you can see stone deserts, concrete beds and giant garden dwarfs.


Press Releases


German: Naturgartenbroschüre 2010 (German)

Further Links (German)

Naturgarten e.V.
NABU: Ökologisch Leben – Balkon & Garten

Enthusiasm for the nature garden and its inhabitants can arouse this article, which appeared in early 2016 in the magazine Chrismon:

Artikel: Ich rette die Natur!

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