How to save money on creating a flower garden
What kind of garden without flowers?
Sophisticated sissies and magnificent “fortresses”, shameless women, flaunting bright beauty, and shy women, bashfully covering their “charms” with leaves ...
They fill the country estates with wonderful fragrances and color all the shades of the rainbow, giving homestead paradise charm and uniqueness. And even if the garden is created and planned according to all the rules, the flowers will not form without flowering plants. Such a garden can be compared with a new house, even qualitatively and conscientiously worked, but in which there are only dull walls, and weight is what will give comfort and makes the space unique - furniture »decor, nice little trinkets - baubles. Having planted blossoming summers and many-year-olds, you will present the site with a stylish design, and - without large expenditures on landscaping. True, the creation of flower beds, cottages and mixborders will require certain investments, but it is important for us not to allow unnecessary costs!
So, on what to save?
On the materials for framing the flower garden.
For the borders of the standard flower bed, materials are needed, which will have to be taken care of, and sometimes even sheltered for the winter. Why do you need money and worries? Arrange in the garden free, "landscape" flower beds! They are no less beautiful than the flower beds. You do not have to comply with symmetry), maintain strict forms, select certain plants (often expensive) - that is, follow all the parameters of a regular flower garden.
This is the case when the rule is working: the simpler, the better.
Most effective free flower beds look on the lawn. That the flowers do not "encroach" on the space given to the silky grass, separate them with special flexible "sides" of vinyl, which must be dug into the ground almost completely (on the surface, leave no more than 2-3 cm).
Another option is to make a "frame" - a dump of decorative gravel around the perimeter of the flower garden (by all rules, with a black film lining). And they can be "hidden" in modules among paved areas or on gravel "lawns". As a rule, the surface of such a flower garden is flush with the surface of the earth.
To create modules from paving, several tiles are taken out, or the floral module is envisaged even during construction.
It looks spectacular, and even the simplest plants look different here than in an ordinary flower garden.
If there is no way to remove the tiles from the paved area, make a "false" module: take containers with bright colors and make up a picturesque group on the power. Place the containers tightly to each other so that the resulting position has a geometric shape.
The wicker border is one of the most budgetary options for framing a flower garden. You can weave it yourself from freshly cut willow twigs. An old oak barrel will also serve to decorate the site: sow ampel lobelia, nasturtiums or petunias into it. Decorative woodpile - original and, what is also important, absolutely free "frame - for garden multiplexer.
"Module" layer with flat light stones or bright tiles from the vibro-casting - so that the "rim" contrasts with the main power. Well, and if you still want to have a flower garden with a "frame" - choose budget options. For example, a low wattle fence, iron or self-made bows from a bent metal strip.
A “fence” for a flower bed can also be some unusual object, dug in the ground or simply laid on it: an old boat, for example. Flowers in a frame of stone are beautiful: multi-colored sandstone, granite, rubble stone, gravel, crushed stone, pebbles ...
Reference by topic: Framing a path with flowers - a planting scheme
At the size of the flower garden. If you are not a fan of all the scale and your goal is a reasonable saving, a pretty mini-flower garden (and preferably two or three) will be very useful. The area of such an object is no more than 1 - 1,5 m2, which means that the plants will need a little.
Mini-flower beds resemble flower modules, they only arrange them not only among paving, on and on the lawn in any corner of the garden, and complement with accessories: figurines, lamps, gravel, shells.
On plants for a flower garden
The main element of the flower garden is its wonderful "tenants", but not only is it possible to purchase them, but it also needs to be saved.
The most budgetary option - the flower beds, composed exclusively of perennials: flowering and ornamental-deciduous plants. You do not have to spend an annual purchase of seeds, seedlings, soil for annuals. Another possibility is to be thrifty - to carefully choose places to buy plants. For example, at garden exhibitions, you can find many spectacular and well-budgeted candidates for a place in the flower garden. Be vigilant: buy anyways that you should not, look for pavilions of known companies and avoid shopping in the style of "cat in a bag."
At exhibitions choose plants "with tops" and better already blossoming, so that you do not put in an unsuitable copy. Yes, in the beginning "tops" can be "sick", but you will be sure that they took exactly what they wanted. Or get the planting material from the same trusted seller.
The best option is to select plants in nurseries and well-established, long-working garden centers.
Well, finally, the grate will be minimal, if you comply with all the rules of planting and care. Planting flowers in the right time and in the right places, you will save money and time on their treatment, transplant and purchase of new ones.
Flowers to replace expensive
It happens that plants that are sweet to the heart are expensive or just do not want to grow in your area. But this is not a reason to abandon the beautiful rarities. The solution is to replace the colors. Pick the ones that look like a complex original as much as possible! Here are the replacement candidates:
- lavender - Veronica and Fassen's catnip, hyssop (if white is needed);
- hybrid tea - park rose, groundcover rose;
- container small-flowered rose - ranunculus, terry begonia;
- bamboo (for Japanese stylization) - black alder 'Imperialist
- boxwood - privet;
- tuberous dahlias-one-year-old dahlias;
- astra - zinnia;
- perennial monard - annual monard ("bergamot");
- lily - daylily;
- chamomile, nyvyanik, chrysanthemum - osteospermum;
- bacopa - lobelia.
"What sort of variety diversity can accommodate even a small patch of land"
Nadezhda Ovsyannikova, city of Kirov
The plot under the flower garden was chosen under the window of the kitchen. On three sides, the shadow of the buildings fell on him, and with the fourth the old apple tree grew. There is no gutter on the house, this place is blown badly and there is always a high humidity.
Another misfortune - in our locality there are no stones of the largest river pebbles. To buy their large families can not afford.
They did not seek a substitute for a long time. Our grandfather put a new bath, but what about the old bar? And then what you need! They sawed, dug in, added some fertile land, and from the central path they made a two-step rise on the path near the flower garden.
This path was broken by our raised flower garden in two parts. Here for this track river pebbles are just right. And the children have such a cover for joy. You can barely run around - massage, and in the machine there is something to load.
What will we plant? What good neighbors and acquaintances have. The first small corner is spring. Here you can see different kinds and varieties of small-bellied ones. Around the birch-tree spiraea, snowdrops, crocuses, Hionodoxes bloom. liverwort.
Behind them - daffodils, anemone, ground cover phlox. After the blossom birdseed, daisies and saxifrage shade. So June will end. In July, white foam infloresces spiraea. She will be replaced by Liatris, Daylily and the Gentian Daurian. Autumn spiraea will meet with a bright coloring of the leaves in the company autumn autumn.
Angle number two is not visible from the house, but is open to the gaze of a garden gazebo. Here, against the background of maiden grapes, golden balls of rudbeckia rise. goldenrod, aconite, a new Belgian aster. Near buzulnik. verbeynik, monarch, companulas.
The third corner - the most shadowed one - was given to ferns and irises. Here, feel comfortable Volzhanka, rhubarb, large hosts and bahlan.
The fourth corner gets the sun for almost the whole day. There were several varieties of Asian lilies mixed with unpretentious perennials.
What sort of variety diversity can accommodate even a small patch of land! I know, professionals do not praise for this. But this flower mix immensely pleases me. A retaining wall of the bar is just lovely.
Care for such a flower garden is much easier, and the site with it is more interesting.
© Author: O. Voronova
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