In a large flowerbed of 8 meters. in diameter I planted various types of sedum in a mixture over 3 years ago. the base was prepared with non-woven fabric and a lapillus layer of approx. 6 cm, as recommended. after giving discreet symptoms of well-being in spring, it never "closed", so I reinforced with a 100 new seedlings of the more rustic type a year ago. during the last summer (very hot) 80% of the plants died, despite regular watering and weeding. With what could I thicken? province of bologna area. Thanks Adriana
Dearest Adriana good morning and welcome to the questions and answers section of our website. The summer just passed was extraordinary in terms of temperatures and caused many victims even in the regularly watered gardens, not to mention the marks left in the woods and undergrowth of the hilly areas.
The fact that the sedum did not die with a rate higher than 80% is not a good sign because this species, generally speaking, is usually very rustic and able to withstand even high stresses. Reading your question, it came naturally to me to ask myself what is the exposure of the flower bed? Full sun? half shade? shadow? Exposure can greatly affect the choice of plants because it also greatly influences their future growth.
In the event that the flowerbed is in full sun, the best thing to do could be to try to use species such as mesembriantemum, a perennial able to offer prolonged flowering and resistant to very high temperatures and beating sun. Mesembriantemum has the typical appearance of a succulent plant, with small fleshy leaves and is widely used in the creation of flower beds in full sun. Rustic species, the mesembriantemum does not require particular care and adapts to different types of soil as long as there is no water stagnation.
Another hardy species that is widely used in full sun flower beds is lavender. Lavender can be used in its different cultivars stocheas, officinalis, dentata or angustifolia. Ideal from a choreographic point of view over a layer of lapillus, lavender offers aromas and blossoms of rare beauty and thanks to its excellent rusticity it is widely used to decorate flower beds. Furthermore, lavender is a plant that expands a lot and that in a short time increases its size, managing to quickly thicken the flower bed.
A floriculturist as an artist carefully selects colors and creates paintings, not only on canvases, but on fresh flower beds. Nowadays people always prefer flower beds in their summer cottages, instead of traditional vegetable gardens. In this article, we will see how to correctly select plants to create flower beds in different styles. Contents: Selection of plants for [...]
A floriculturist as an artist carefully selects colors and creates paintings, not only on canvases, but on fresh flower beds. Nowadays people always prefer flower beds in their summer cottages, instead of traditional vegetable gardens. In this article, we will look at how to correctly select plants to create flower beds in different styles.
If you show imagination and take into account the effect that different colors have on the human psyche, you can create flower beds that have a different character. And this is not a reservation.
Usually, when creating flower beds, various color combinations are used, sometimes even contrasting ones, and a neutral white color is used to smooth them. For example, the combinations look very nice:
It all depends on the preferences of the gardener.
Depending on the lighting, the flowers for a flower bed of different colors look different.
The choice of the type of flowers largely depends on the location of the flower bed.
On the same flower bed, many perennials are often planted nearby with annuals and bulbous plants.
Mixborders are called irregularly shaped beds.
For example, in the center of the mixborder you can plant a cut boxwood with wormwood, behind them decorative onions, verbena, polypaca and yarrow are arranged. Geranium border, cuff and cobbler. If the mix is located near a wall or fence, red clematis will look good in the background.
Rockary is a picturesque flower bed between the rocks of large boulders.
Flower beds that have strict geometric shapes are called regular flower beds.
Very popular with gardeners are vertical flower beds, in which climbing plants are used.
Along the garden path, walls or fences break long flower beds - rabatki.
The flowerbed, formed in a rigid geometric shape and forming a harmonious whole with a neighboring building, is called the stalls.
Many, creating a landscape design on the site, enjoy group plantings of flowers and other plants.
A popular design solution is the device of multi-level flower beds, visible from any corner of the site.
The optimal option for small areas are round or square monoclubs, which are planted with some special types of flowers, for example, roses, dahlias or asters.
Irregular flower beds have found, perhaps, the greatest distribution among gardeners.
They have no strict rules for their design.
To create a unique landscape design on the site, you can combine flower beds of different types. When planning them, the best effect will be achieved by a skilful selection of plants. The main principle of the gardener in this case is the desire for a biological and harmonious unity of colors for the beds.
The flower beds have a double task: one decorative, the other functional. Their use serves to contain and protect plants and flowers, all giving a pleasant aesthetic effect, of completeness, to the garden itself.
The raised ones have a different aspect, compared to a classic format (ie on the same level of the ground), the fact that they are precisely placed on a raised level, increasing the protection of the plants from any trampling and soil infections.
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The butterflies, which fly from flower to flower, enrich the balcony or garden of aatmosphere particular. And to house them, just grow plants that have a perfume irresistible to them. The choice is wide: from thrush to buddleya. This shrub, two meters high, is even nicknamed the butterfly tree. The colored insects arrive in large numbers on its flowers (they bloom in July) because these have such an intense aroma that you can feel it from meters away.
Alternatively, you can also choose the rudbeckia (80 cm high) or the sedum, a succulent plant without thorns, small in size like lily of the valley (both do not exceed 40 cm). Among these four plants, it is easy to find the perfect one for the exposure of your balcony (in the sun or in the shade) and suitable for the space you have available. And, to cure them, here are ours advice.
Old helicopters, rakes and pitchforks - another simple, but very effective way of decorating the site with your own hands. By making them in a tripod in the center of the flower garden, you will get excellent support under climbing plants. Such a green pyramid will add charm to the whole landscape.
Old tool in the garden furniture
In a large garden, it is possible to arrange an unusual clearing, the main element of which will be the colorful Shakherezada tent. It is made of a suspended frame, to which a light translucent colored fabric is attached. Its ends can be left in a free flight or attached to nearby branches. Under this canopy, good wicker furniture will appear, as well as a hammock.
Optical illusions in garden furniture - a truly impressive thing. The reflection effect adds depth to the space. We need to hang the mirrors on the fence areas behind the trees. With the correct choice of their location, it is immediately noticeable how the boundaries of the site are erased.
The reflection effect adds depth to the space
An old bench with a broken seat can be redeveloped as a decorative element for the garden. The remaining frame can be filled with plants in flower pots.
Original flowerbed from an old bench
Dry branches and driftwood can also be used to decorate the country plot. Of these, you can lay out or weave a semblance of arches and gates, which successfully separates the courtyard from the garden.
It is not at all necessary to make the garden quiet and rigid. It can create a fun atmosphere. Show off its fun side will help hang on a fence painted in different colors mittens.
If there are no aesthetically beautiful, but very necessary objects in the garden, they should be transformed into ornaments of the garden plot, but not through rearrangement or dismantling, but simply by hiding unsightly objects under decorative covers.
Lovers of evening meetings in the garden know that without lighting in this case it cannot be done. However, an ordinary light bulb is difficult to consider as a garden ornament. Deprive the atmosphere of mystery.
Allow yourself to enjoy the effect of waiting for a miracle, filling the night with magic and romance. Add homemade torches to the garden decor. They can be based on tin or glass cans.
Lanterns of cans will fill the space with magic
In the tin, according to the previously drawn drawing, the holes are filled with a fingernail. A candle is placed inside the prepared container. If the flashlight is to be suspended to decorate the garden plot, then a wire knob is attached to the tin.
The glass jars are painted in stained glass colors. They also follow the algorithm already described.
For many, the dacha is a permanent place of residence, and not just a house for seasonal rest, so the desire to see its attractive territory in the winter is quite natural.
How to decorate a country plot in the cold? Use the time. To decorate the garden you can make colored ice.
Making colorful ice balls
The work is not difficult. Prepare several containers of water and dilute them with food colors or ordinary watercolor. You can add a spark or rain of crushed fir to the mixture. Ready solutions are poured on air spheres, we tie the containers and send them to frost.
Colorful ice decorations
The frozen ice is extracted from the rubber cap and we distribute the resulting elements along the paths, under the trees, in general, wherever they like.
Finally, here we are at maintenance. Of course, everything needs care and attention. We are not talking only and exclusively about the plants and flowers contained within the raised flower beds, but also about the latter.
It may happen that over time the earth expands and creates cracks, that maybe a root (if placed around a tree) makes space, ruining the containment surface, or even that sometimes, during the maneuvering phase, a vehicle comes into contact accidentally.
These are all events that can happen in the long run and would obviously risk ruining the flower bed. In the absence of obvious events, periodically check the condition of these surfaces, keep them clean and intervene, of course, if there is a sign of even minimal damage. Solving a problem in the bud is much more convenient and less tiring!
So here's an overview of the raised flower beds. A finishing object that actually hides its great importance.