DECORATIVE GRAINS FOR WINTER GARDEN
DECORATIVE CEREALS - SPECIAL GROUP OF DECORATIVE PLANTS. THEY ARE GOOD AT ANY TIME OF THE YEAR; IN addition, THEY MAY DECORATE ANY PLOT OUTSIDE THE DEPENDENCE OF IT, SO ON THE SUN OR IN THE SHADOW, ON WET OR SAME, OTHERWISE, VERY DRY AND POOR SOILS. The main thing is to choose the right assortment
But the most difficult season from the point of decorativeness of almost any plant is winter. There are no flowering plants for a long time - conifers acquire a grayish tint.
Oddly enough, it is in the winter that you can see those highlights of your garden that you hardly paid attention to in the summer - the beautiful color of the trunks and branches of derain, mountain ash, some species and varieties of willow. Or, the unusual shape of the crown of weeping birches, apple trees and mountain ash, a beautiful interweaving of branches near hazel. The bright fruits of decorative apple trees also decorate the garden, although very soon they will turn brown under the influence of frost, but the fruits of the mountain ash, viburnum, and chokeberry are more resistant, but the berries of the horizontal barberry and cotoneaster are decorative until next spring ...
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And the herbaceous plants that bloomed and gave seeds look completely different. So, mother-of-pearl sashes adorn the garden, the lunar is alive, and faded inflorescences look delicate astilbe and veronikastrum.
A hit of the late autumn and winter is still cereals. Of course, autumn is a real peak of the decorativeness of many of them, but nevertheless, some continue to decorate the garden much later.
In November-December, when dense snow has not yet laid down, and thaws are replaced by frosts, frost looks charming on grassy plants.
It completely transforms the plants - not only those that retain leaves in the winter are decorative (goryanka, frankincense, periwinkle, some sedums, saxifrages), but also already faded and dried plants, unless, of course, you had time to cut them. So, the pillows of shrubby asters become a magical silver bouquet. Veronikastrum, and window sill, and, of course, cereals look textured. At this time, they are especially openwork. Instead of tan, they become silvery, sparkling in the cold sun.
The feeling of various cereals is still different. So, quite lush in the summer reedflower It becomes openwork, transparent and especially spectacular. At this time, he will decorate any flower garden. At the same time, plants with blue leaf color - blue fescue, grate
giant and sheep evergreen - visually lose their original color and become silvery (during the thaw, when the frost leaves, the noble blue appears again).
good meadow pike! In this plant, evergreen leaves form a pretty bump. By the way, pike at different times of the year looks completely different. It is especially good during flowering, in June-July, later its faded inflorescences become messy, they fall apart, and the plant needs pruning. But in autumn and winter, the finest hour of the pike returns again: when there is little green left around, its dense bushes, slightly silvery from frost, are especially good.
Interesting sedges. So, palm sedge, at this time still retaining a green color, retains its decorative effect. A little snow will not close it, but frost, on the contrary, will make it brighter. And here is the evergreen sedge Morrow (or Japanese sedge) - low and will decorate the garden before the snowfall, later it will be completely covered with a snow cover, which, by the way, will allow it to winter in our harsh conditions. In the case of a winter thaw, this sedge will decorate the garden - until the next snowfall.
Miscanthus Chinese can be quite spectacular at this time. But this is possible only if you plant varieties that will be able to bloom, because many modern varieties are quite thermophilic, and they absolutely lack heat in our climate. Some of them may well grow with us, but, unfortunately, they will not bloom at all - or it may be in separate, especially warm years.
To admire the annual flowering of Chinese Miscanthus, it is best to plant a natural view. Believe me, it is no worse than the varieties obtained on its basis.
Although there are no bright yellow spots or spectacular large white stripes on its leaves, it is absolutely stable and, most importantly, blooms early. Of the varieties you can try only a few, the earliest flowering in our country - 'Silberfeder', 'Gracillimus', 'Punktchen', 'Nippon', but, in my opinion, the original m. Chinese blooms more abundantly.
In autumn, the pink shades of Miscanthus gradually become silver - and remain so until spring. The fact is that later almost all grains will disappear under the snow. And Miscanthus, despite everything, remains, because its stems become very stiff - they can not cope with either wind or snow.
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© Author: ALEXANDER KABANOV, Candidate of Biological Sciences, PHOTO OF THE AUTHOR
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