We moved to a new home four years ago. The site was empty, only two pine trees grew, as well as two plums that we had planted during construction.
There was no fertile soil on the site either - bare sand. The neighbors said that nothing grows here, as the land is bad and the water is leaving, like in a desert. But I wanted to make my site beautiful, and we got to work.
They began to bring in land, peat, manure. As a result, over the past years, we have already created a sufficient layer of fertile soil. In the first year, they planted several primrose bushes, two delphiniums, three aquilegia, as well as perennial asters brought from the old site, and several dahlia bushes. I started buying flowers: from friends, in the market, in nurseries.
At first I thought that I would only arrange a small flower garden in front of the house, and the rest of the land would go to the arrangement of a garden and a vegetable garden. But gradually I got so carried away that the flowers began to displace everything else on the site.
I wanted me to have a variety of flowers: rare and not very, large and small, blooming in spring, summer and autumn. I wanted the garden to be always beautiful.
For four years I have been creating my flower beds. Now we already have a large collection of flowers, but I continue to acquire what I don’t have yet, as each flower is beautiful in its own way. With the help of the children and my husband, two alpine slides and a small pond were made. Alyssums, various types of sedums, saxifrages, young, primroses, armeria, tiarella, herbal cloves, small bulbous plants - three types of muscari, hazel grouses, crocuses, galanthus and others are planted on the slides.
From annuals on a hill I plant lobelia, mesembriantemum, purslane, marigolds "Mimilix", ageratum. On another hill, in addition to alpine plants, small conifers grow: spherical thuja, junipers: blue, Cossack, creeping, cypress.
The pond is decorated with fern, hosta, daylilies, irises, catchment. A water lily brought from a forest lake is floating in the water. On the north side of the house, on our site, three small flower beds have been created, in which ferns, astilbe, hosts, rogers, volzhanka (aruncus), eupatorium (sapling), and basil plants grow. And there, in spite of the shade, it is also very beautiful.
Last year, my husband built a gazebo in the garden. I planted climbing plants around her: honeysuckle, honeysuckle, climbing rose, clematis. Rose and honeysuckle have not bloomed yet, but clematis delighted with their crimson and purple flowers.
Hops are planted by the porch, which by the middle of summer rises to the roof, and in August-September the whole is covered with pale green flowers in the form of bumps. Flower beds are also made along the path on both sides, along the edge of which hosts are planted in a row. They seem to border the path with their white-green leaves.
Shrubs grow in the background of all flower beds: lilac, buldenezh viburnum, forsythia, panicle and tree hydrangea, jasmine. They separate the flower beds from the garden, thus creating a complete composition. And between the flower beds there is the green grass of the lawn, on which a pink almond bush blooms in spring, the Van Gutt spirea is covered with white snow, and the quince blooms orange-red.
In the spring, tulips, imperial hazel grouses, daffodils are the first to bloom after crocuses, I have more than 10 varieties of them: both with a pink edge and with orange, yellow and white double, early and late, with a very delicate aroma.
Then in June, when there are still few flowers, cyanosis, orange chamomile, gravilat (bathing suit), dicentra, common tar bloom. The peonies in the garden are still young, so they have not bloomed yet. And then a real parade of flowers begins. Multi-colored lupine candles are lit: yellow, red, violet-claret; bells of aquilegia, small-petaled, later pick up the baton of flowering delphiniums: white, pink, cornflower blue, purple.
Irises are unusually beautiful: white, terracotta, purple, brown. Then annuals bloom: marigolds large and small, petunia, fluffy ageratum, fire salvia, nasturtium.
Lilies bloom: white, pink, peach; daylilies: yellow, lemon, burgundy, orange; liatris, echinacea.
In August, my beloved dahlias delight with their beauty. I have about 20 varieties of them, I really like cactus - Chereo, Summer Night, Bakkers Beauty, Motto, spherical - Ankress; from the nymphaean variety Festival with its huge white-pink-lilac flowers. Simultaneously with dahlias, the red-leaved canna blooms in good weather. Last summer, roses bloomed for the first time: yellow-pink, red and scarlet small-colored.
Starting from July and in August, replacing each other, phlox blooms: white, pink, crimson, purple and others, telling us about the approach of autumn.
Chrysanthemums, annual and perennial asters bloom, panicle hydrangea is covered with white caps. Nature gradually falls asleep in order to revive again in the spring, delighting us again with its unique riot of colors and aromas. This year, the garden will be replenished: I bought a hellebore, blue hydrangea, black cohosh, David's budley and three types of tree peonies. So the garden will still have to make room and, I hope, our garden will become even more beautiful.
N. Petrova, florist
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• How to create a flower garden in the shade of trees
• How to prepare the soil for flower beds
• Arrangement of a flower garden in a garden plot
• Plants for a beautiful flower bed
The variety of irises allows them to be used both in mono-plantings and in mixed flower beds. Tall varieties are usually vertical and background in a mixborder, medium-sized ones do not have a narrow "specialization", and dwarf irises can be found both in curbs and on rocky hills.
If you grow irises in mono-planting, after flowering, carefully remove the dried inflorescences and trim the dried tips of the leaves in a semicircle - this will prolong the decorative effect.
Even the iridarium, which combines several varieties of irises of different flowering periods, will not be bright all season, therefore it is advisable to supplement it with primroses and summer flowers (nasturtium, escholzia, petunia). The former will attract the eye when the irises are just waking up, the latter will add accents after they bloom and will complement the juicy xiphoid leaves. Stones look good with low grades, both large boulders and pebbles.
And of course, irises fit well into any space around a pond. You can also use them in a continuous flowering flower bed. At the same time, remember that irises grow in breadth, which means that when planting they need to leave a sufficient amount of space.
When thinking about which plants to choose a garden, pay attention to:
These are the most unpretentious plants for the garden, they are much easier to care for. If they are selected correctly, they need special attention only at the time of planting and the first season after it (watering). When they take root, the arboreal ones develop almost independently. From their owner, only some adjustment by pruning once a year is required, control of diseases and pests, as well as keeping the near-stem space clean.
The planting of perennials constantly needs care: watering, feeding, removing weeds, faded inflorescences, transplanting, thinning. Pay attention to the abandoned gardens: what survives in them? Trees and shrubs. Perennials are absorbed by weeds.
And now look: with a minimum of labor costs, woody ones give a long-term decorative effect. In addition, replanting many mature trees is simply impossible, and the loss of a large tree literally breaks the composition. Therefore, pay special attention to their selection and planting. After all, these are the best unpretentious plants for the garden, its skeleton. And fashionable clothes - perennials - are quicker and easier to pick up or change. They can be put off for later.
As for annual flowers, if you want to save money, you can do without them altogether or reduce their number to a minimum. After all, they have to be bought or grown every year, and this is either financial or labor costs. The undoubted dignity of the annuals is in especially long flowering: many delight us for 3-4 months.
Use local crops when choosing the best low-maintenance plants for your garden. The same applies to materials: the more exotic they are, the more expensive they are. Yes, they can be beautiful and convenient to use, but they are mined far away, which means that the cost due to delivery increases many times. Local materials are a different matter. Much can be "obtained" even on your own site: for example, in mountainous areas there is a lot of your own stone, and in the middle lane, in some places in the soil, boulders of various sizes come across in abundance.
If the site is poor in "minerals", there will certainly be quarries nearby, where everything is much cheaper than in the city at the stone markets. Small quantities or waste can often be collected free of charge.
The same goes for plants. Most garden centers and nurseries trade in imported material. And while it reaches us, its cost increases by 3-4 times. In addition, suppliers often do not understand the planting material and its stability, but trade in what is cheaper and brighter - it is bought better. Therefore, in garden centers you need to behave like in a pharmacy: even if there are many bright beautiful boxes (plants) around, you only need to buy what the doctor ordered (or at least you yourself outlined in advance).
Creating a monochrome garden is considered the most difficult in landscaping. It is not so difficult to choose plants for a colorful garden, although a sense of proportion and taste is also required here. But making the garden beautiful in one color and playing it in different shades is the height of design skill. However, many gardeners try their hand at this art and succeed. In this article, we will consider how to create monochrome gardens with your own hands.
A monochrome garden can tell a lot about its owner without words. After all, each color has a different effect on people. Therefore, wanting to see some one shade in their garden, people unwittingly show the features of their character and their attitude to the world.
White, symbolizing cleanliness, is preferred by organized, self-sufficient people who are prone to neatness and neatness. They are distinguished by caution and insight, and at the same time, criticality and some fussiness.
When creating a monochrome garden, plants are chosen so that they bloom continuously:
Also, in a white monochrome garden, you can not do without decorative, abundantly flowering shrubs:
The red color in the garden has some peculiarities.
Therefore, it is better to create compositions from flowers and shrubs with different shades of red - scarlet, pink, burgundy.
Orange flowers cheer up and tune in to positive:
Blue gives peace and tranquility
Blue is considered the color of artistic natures
The magic of peace, pacification and acceptance of life in all its manifestations reigns in it. These colors are referred to as cold, so in the summer heat it seems cooler in the blue garden. And the atmosphere itself is mesmerizing and the boundaries of the garden seem to move apart.
Pink is the color of frivolity, romance, sensitivity, kindness, love and sentimentality.
It is not difficult to create a romantic composition for a rose garden, as there are many varieties of garden crops and shrubs that bloom in pink tones. This color is very harmoniously combined with greens of different shades, and visually enlarges the garden.
When creating a monochrome flower garden on your site, you must remember that not only the selection of plants is important, but also the correct choice of color, which will help you relax and gain strength.