GARDENING IN ICELAND

 

This website is the English version of www.gardaflora.is a website dedicated to collecting information about the garden plants that can be grown in Iceland.

Here the plant information is available in English as well as some insight into the challenges of gardening in Iceland.

All photos are the property of the publisher of this website or published with the permission of the owners.

The main contributors are listed below:

Contributors: 

Guðleifur M. Kristmundsson, Hafnarfirði

Guðrún Þuríður Hallgrímsdóttir, Grafarvogi

Kristleifur Guðbjörnsson, Mosfellsbær - information about a great number of roses in his garden

Margrét Hauksdóttir, Reykjavík

Nanna S. Baldursdóttir, Grafarvogi, Rvk

Ólafur Sturla Njálsson í Nátthaga.

Ruth Fjelsted, Reykjavík

Steinunn Hlynsdóttir, Reykjavík

 

Many thanks for the information and photos they have contributed

Written sources: 

Perennials, annuals and flowering bulbs:  

  • Íslenska Garðblómabókin eftir Hólmfríði A. Sigurðardóttur. 2005

Trees and shrubs:

  •  Tré og runnar: Handbók ræktunarmannsins eftir Ásgeir Svanbergsson. 1989.

  • Bókaflokkurinn Við ræktum:

    • Lauftré á Íslandi eftir Auði I. Ottesen, Tryggva Marinósson og Þórarinn Benedikz 2006

    • Barrtré á Íslandi, eftir Auði I. Ottesen og Þórarinn Benedikz 2006

Roses:

  • Passion for Roses eftir Peter Beales. 2004

  • The Royal Horticultural Society Encyclopedia of Roses eftir Charles & Brigid Quest-Ritson. 2003

Website editor and creator

 

I am a pharmacist, but I've had a passion for gardening since I was a child. I've been a member of the Icelandic Gardening Society since 1996, when I acquired my first garden. In that time I've collected a great number of perennials, many of which I've grown from seed, along with roses, ornamental shrubs and trees. It's safe to say that I have a plant collecting obsession and I love trying out new plants. Hopefully this website will in time collect information about the plants that have been tried here in Iceland, which ones thrive and which ones do not. 

In 2013 I moved and took most of the plant collection with me. Some plants were too big to move, some died, but a fair number of plants have a place in the new garden, which is still a work in progress.