EFFICIENT FLOWERS FROM ONE-TWO FLOWERS
We touched on various approaches to garden design - we sorted out the aristocrat’s garden, the village flower garden, the container garden, and the gravel garden. I hope my practical tips on creating flower beds have helped you, and parsing errors has saved you from blunders
Walking through the parks, streets and courtyards of the cities that I manage to visit, I always notice something interesting - and try to share with you. This time I want to give you just one piece of advice that can fundamentally change your garden life. Try to use the minimum assortment of plants - you can only two, or even one.
But drop off what you have chosen, big - no, not big, but just a huge mass! The effect will be amazing! This applies to grassy perennials, and annuals, and even shrubs! Creating compositions from carpeted bushes is, of course, expensive, but everyone can afford one small rug. So here we go.
Look at PHOTO 1. There are only two plants - daylily and phlox. But how beautiful it is only due to the enormous mass of each plant of the same variety!
FLOWER FROM ONE LILYNIKI
In this regard, daylilies are simply Klondike. Their colors, sizes, and flower shapes are so diverse that they give us the opportunity to create many spectacular compositions. Daylily flowering begins in May - and ends in late varieties in late autumn. But if you want your composition to serve for many years, do not look for some special daylilies of American or Dutch selection. Any, the simplest variety, tested by time and the difficult climate of central Russia, is suitable for such a flower garden.
In PHOTO 1 - l. hybrid red. It is medium in size, the height of its shoots does not exceed 60 cm, and flower stalks rise above the foliage by only 10-15 cm. I like its habit, fluffy foliage, it keeps its shape well throughout the growing season, and its flowering is plentiful and long. The color combination with pink phloxes is very controversial, but due to the large mass of both daylily and phlox, plants are perceived as separate groups. By the way, if we take lower daylilies, they serve as a “cover group” for the not always successful “legs” of phloxes.
Daylilies are very unpretentious in cultivation - they are not afraid of either drought or cold weather, they are light-loving and shade-tolerant (they just bloom better in the sun).
Their height varies from 20 to 150 cm, depending on the type and variety.
Flowers can be miniature or large, simple or double, wavy or corrugated with a variety of colors (from white to almost black). Every self-respecting grower has in his garden this wonderful plant.
ONE FLOX FLOWER
The popularity of phloxes, which are known to everyone, is beyond competition. They can be used in aristocratic and village gardens. It all depends on in combination with which plants to place them. Look at PHOTO 2. Phlox at the entrance to the estate of the XIX century does not look like a simpleton!
The white outfit gives it significance - it is a noble nobleman who came to the ball, and not at all a village simpleton!
FLOWER OF ONE SPACE
No less spectacular compositions can be created from annuals. Take the well-known cosmea, or space. I am attracted by the dynamism of this plant - the light cirrus foliage stirs with every breath of the breeze, reminiscent of either clouds or the water surface (who prefer).
This herbaceous plant belongs to the aster family; There are perennial and annual species. In our country, the most common is the annual K. double-fingered, which you see in PHOTO 3.
Our heroine is from Mexico, but in Russia she grows well not only in a warm climate, but also in the northern regions. Its shoots reach a height of 50 to 150 cm. Its stems are thin, flexible, erect and branched, and the leaves are opposite, double-cut, openwork, elegant. Inflorescences-baskets, similar to chamomiles, up to 12 cm in diameter, are single or collected in loose corymbose panicles.
This amazing plant is the unpretentious champion. It withstands drought, has good cold resistance and can tolerate even light frosts. It grows in the shade and in the sun - but only in the sun gives its owner a lot of bright flowers, and there will be almost no bloom in the shade, but there will be a lot of green mass. Also, more flowers will be with frequent planting, and green mass - with a rare one. And another feature: too rich soil interferes with abundant flowering, so excess fertilizer will do a disservice.
ONE CLEOM FLOWER
In a couple of her designers picked up the glue. I don’t even know how to describe its inflorescence: champagne splashes or a centipede spider? It all depends on your imagination and mood, looking up from powerful straight stems that are not afraid of any wind. They do not bend and bow to no one - these are proud princes who have come to the wedding ball in all its stature and beauty.
At the same time, cleoma is a hardy and persistent fighter, ready to withstand any weather vicissitudes. Well, in a boring botanical language - a fairly hardy plant, undemanding to the growing conditions, which can withstand drastic changes in climate and temperature. In addition, it has a well-developed and powerful root system, which actively nourishes the plant with the necessary substances from the soil and strengthens it.
Cleome's bloom is a holiday that lasts quite a long time, from June to September. First, the lower flowers bloom, then higher ones - and so on until the inflorescence is fully revealed. While the flowers are gaining strength, the stem is gaining height.
But now - the most important thing: is it possible to bring this holiday to your summer cottage? It turns out - easy. Cleomes reproduce by seed. It is not necessary to wait for February-March for propagation through seedlings - you can simply throw seeds into the ground in November-December and forget about them until spring.
© Author: Marina Bragina
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