This shrub is widely used in landscape design. Magonia looks great in a rocky garden or as a hedge. The plant is decorative: one has only to look at the photos of wonderful garden landscapes. Mahonia is hollow: all about varieties and proper cultivation of the crop. In this article, in detail about the activities of care and planting, methods of reproduction, the period of use of fertilizers.
Mahonia Padubolist: Variety of Varieties and Varieties
Mahonia is an evergreen shrub that belongs to the Barberry family. Plant height reaches 2 meters. About 50 species are known in nature. Culture is successfully grown in the Russian climate, used to create hedges and landscape compositions.
The homeland of the plant is North America, where Magonia is called the “Oregon grape”. The fact is that natural thickets of shrubs are located mainly in two states - Oregon and California.
The leathery, shiny, evergreen leaves of Magonia are exquisite and decorative at any time of the year: green in summer, by autumn the leaves change color, becoming brownish-purple.
Flowering shrubs begins in late spring. Flowers of a yellow shade are collected in a brush, possess gentle aroma which attracts insects. Under favorable conditions, flowering can be repeated in the autumn months.
The shrub bears fruit - its blue berries serve as an additional decoration of elegant branches for 5 months. Magonia berries are edible and useful: they reduce blood pressure. But in order to set the berries, it will be necessary to plant at least 2 specimens on the site - mahonia refers to cross-pollinated plants.
In landscape gardening the most popular varieties are:
- walnut mahonia,
The last two species have multi-colored leaves with yellow or white edging on a green leaf. The photo shows how the variegated magony and cultivars with green leaves planted next to each other.
Landing: how to do it right
Choosing a place for planting Magonia is crucial: the plant in nature grows under the canopy of tall trees, in the twilight and shadow. The location of Magonia plantings under the rays of the direct sun can negatively affect the development of the shrub. Gentle leaves can easily get burns that will ruin the look of the plant.
Tip! Magonia is required to provide protection from wind, otherwise the leaves are easily damaged.
But to the soil the plant is absolutely not demanding. Even heavy loam will be suitable for landing. Magonia bushes are planted with a distance of 1-2 meters between bushes, into holes dug up to 50 cm in advance. When planting, the position of the root collar is of paramount importance - it should not be buried at all. Transplantation of plants can be carried out at any time, except for late autumn and winter.
A shrub planted in a suitable place can grow beautifully and delight with its decorative look for many years.
For proper development of the plant provide constant and regular watering. To preserve moisture, the soil under the bushes is best to mulch. Magonia responds well to sprinkling foliage, as well as foliar dressing on the leaves.
Shrub trim can be started no earlier than 10 years of age. Older overgrown plants are required to rejuvenate pruning, forming compact forms of the bush. Pruning should begin in early spring before the start of sap flow.
Great importance to maintain the decorativeness of the bush has fertilizer. The first dressing is carried out in early spring with complex fertilizer, which is scattered on the ground in the near-stem circle. Foliar nutrition can be done once a month during the summer period.
Tip! In the autumn under the bush it is useful to bring in decomposed organic matter, which is used simultaneously to mulch the soil.
In general, mahonia is a resistant plant, rarely exposed to diseases. Hard glossy leaves do not attract pests. Under adverse conditions, the plant can sometimes be affected by fungal infections: spots, rust, powdery mildew. For the treatment of diseases, the plant should be treated with appropriate fungicides.
Methods of breeding Magonia
For breeding cultures use all known methods:
Seed propagation possible using freshly harvested seeds. The deadline for sowing seeds is September, the first shoots appear in May. Young seedlings are planted in a permanent place after rearing in greenhouses not earlier than 4 years of age.
Reproduction by layering - the lower branches of the shrub are added in the groove, the newly grown shoots forming a separate root system are separated and transplanted to a permanent place in the spring.
Cuttings - this method multiplies Magonia when it is necessary to obtain a large number of plants. Cuttings are cut from a healthy plant, rooted in light ground in greenhouse conditions, providing watering and the necessary humidity.
I am glad to welcome you in the first autumn month!
He is so good at least because he is already in full swing harvesting in the bins.
And when this the harvest is really rich, then the soul is beautiful! Like, for example, now I have. So much has grown squash and pumpkinsI gladly share them with my relatives and neighbors. Here is a photo only a small part grown vegetables. I hope that your work has paid off a hundredfold and you also collected good harvest. With what you and Congratulations!
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I do not know about you, but I really like garden cornersmade in one color range. For example, in white. Agree, by itself, this color causes charm, delight, tenderness, some involvement in the bright, clean, good. No, no wonder all the angels with white wings.
So let's create white garden in my area. What is needed for this?
1. Choose appropriate place. It can be anywhere: on the front area, in the recreation area, near the fruit garden, and so on.
2. Create a "skeleton" our future kindergarten. That is, we place the main most important elements. It may be one or two small trees depending on the size of the area. Or some blooming shrubs. Or composition of conifers. Let it be in our case a group of western thuja and two white rhododenonons. For the shadow fit Volzhanka, astilba and host.
3. Another element of the main category - rose garden (it is always good, but you only need to create it in a sunny place). Of course, the leading role will be played here. White Rose. In the background set pergola for climbing roses. Here, to accent one can plant one white and one pink climbing roses. Pergola itself is also desirable to paint in white.
And it would be great to plant a rose garden in the foreground ground cover roses. Between the bushes of roses, so as not to leave bare ground, you can plant other flowering plants of white color. Fit high gypsophila on the background, begonia ever flowering, petunia. Will not look alien here and large chamomile. Decorate flower bed beauty lily.
And if you still denote entrance to the rose garden two white vases with the same white petunia or white begonia - and there will be beauty at all. When these flowers bloom they can replace with artificial roses made of glass. They are transparent as autumn air. And in the sun they sparkle and shimmer with all the colors of the rainbow.
Of course, such a rosary will be a real decoration.
The rose garden will not work - nothing terrible - just make another flower garden. Let's say under the name "White cloud".
4. If the place allows, it is very useful in such an air garden white bench and white table. And also white embroidered tablecloth and white porcelain tea set.
5. And of course it would be nice to fix it somewhere on the tree white bird of happinesswhich would soar above you and instill in your soul the hope, faith, love that oh so much each of us needs at all times.
Well, in my opinion, we really had a wonderful white garden. And you have to translate it into reality, my dear summer residents. I really hope that some of you will do it, and then I will be incredibly happy that I have created such beauty on my site.
Do you need a contrast to your garden?
The answer is unequivocal: any garden needs contrastif you want to make it bright, optimistic, defiant and beautiful. But what is this contrast? And this is when one item or some of its property very different from another item. For example, white and black, small and large, narrow and wide, and so on. With such a contrasting combination, the properties of each object appear much brighter.
AND contrast just gives you the opportunity to emphasize something, highlight the general background. Therefore, in landscape design, contrast is one of the main means of building a successful harmonious composition. For example, on the background green space the bush will look great red roses. On blue pergola Winning will look curly honeysuckle with orange flowers. And on the gray wall the picture with rich colors will be the star of the stage.
Or, say, you can create a composition of trees with dark green foliage and with light green leaves.
And still work very well contrasts using plants with red-purple, variegated, golden and silvery leaves.
And of course, you should pay attention when creating contrasting compositions on coloring branches and trunks, flowers and fruits. Here is a big field for fantasy. Just imagine how it will look spectacular. chokeberry with black glossy fruits and rowan with red fruits.
In addition to color contrasting combinations, you can apply other characteristics of objects. Let's say various materials: stone-metal, wood - brick. Or different plants: conifer - deciduous shrub, pyramidal poplar - mountain ash with a rounded crown. Or high and low tree. Or a round and square flowerbed.
And you can act more volumetric and even connect different styles: for example, landscape and regular. True, it should be done skillfully to get a harmonious contrast, and not a dish called "the vinaigrette".
All of the above will be active. work on the landscape, give it a dynamic and certainly attract the viewer's attention. Here the principle of unity and struggle of opposites clearly works. And this some conflict gives the garden brightness, boldness and individuality.
But, as I have repeatedly stressed: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW MEASURE. Contrastif it takes up too much space compared to other elements, it may be too sharp, and then it will press down, be perceived negatively. Or if there are too many contrasting compositions on the site - this is also a bust.
What kind of mahonia such
Yes, hollywood mahonia, and it is also called the American barberry, there are still far from all sites, although it certainly deserves to be.
Bush sweetens the eyes all season. Large leathery leaves at the feast for the eyes - almost the whole season is green with constant luster and bronze tint. And in the fall they become reddish. In the spring in April and early May the bush is covered with caps yellow inflorescences, which are happy to land bee-workers. So take note, beekeepers! Sometimes bush blooms and re-in October. And also magonia there are oblong dark blue berriesthat ripen in August and greatly decorate the bush.
Magonia is good not only for its decorative. She also picky soils. This cold-resistant shrub survives even in the most adverse conditions. Nearly not damaged by pests. It grows better and more magnificently in the penumbra, but it also makes a thick shadow. Easily tolerates slightly acidic soil. Good haircut. And if you do not cut, with good care can grow up to 2 meters.
But with all the unpretentiousness of Magonia land under the bushes is desirable loosen and mulch regularly.
The mahonia, planted singly on the lawn, for example, near the house, is very good. Looks great in the form sheared hedge at the track. Gorgeous in composition with thuja or juniper horizontal or creeping.
Yes, and the fruit is quite edible! They are stored fresh, covered with sugar. Berries make fragrant the juice, which is added to compotes and other juices, jellies and jellies, jams and mashed potatoes. And also used in pastry and atas a dye (for example, to color the wine).
And even root this plant goes into business. Make it out healing extractwhich is taken to increase appetite and improve overall body tone. It also has a good effect on the work of the stomach, it is used for cholecystitis, hepatitis, obstruction or inflammation of the biliary tract. It is an effective antibacterial and antiviral agent. With this extract, various skin rashes, eczema, herpes are treated. Mahonia strengthens the walls of blood vessels and capillaries.
So do not deny yourself - take on your suburban area beauty magonia. Let it please you and your loved ones.
Learning to cut the lawn figure
Do you have a neat green lawn? And it is really present decoration for the site. But you already contemplate his years and years in the same form, and as you know, everything monotonous once bored.
And is there opportunity in this situation change something? No, the conversation today is not about radical changes, they say, take away the lawn, and in its place create a flower garden, rock arias, etc. There is another, more painless way: to protect the lawn and get some new picture. What is this way? I'll tell you now.
We are talking about grass patterns. Have you heard of those? For sure. Did you make such patterns yourself? I think few were doing it. And in vain. This is actually something is available. As they say, a little experience and skill.
Of course, you need to spend a lot of time and effort, but you can eventually turn the lawn into a real work of art. How is this achieved? You coming up with a patternfor example, it may be geometric figuresand using a lawnmower mowing the grass on two levelslower and higher. In this way form the planned pattern.
Try it - suddenly like it. And then the picture on the lawn may be very different every time you pick up the lawn mower. I think you understand: keep drawing within, mow lawn often need.
And further advice: if you haven’t mowed the lawn for a long time, let's say you just returned from vacation and the grass has grown a lot, don't mow the lawn right away radically. It is better shave it in two or three timesuntil you reach the optimum height of the stand.
Live willow fence
Green hedges on the site - it is always alive, environmentally friendly and beautiful. They can be done by planting low trees and shrubs. These are more famous options. And you tried to create such willow hedge, or even from its twigs? Not? It is possible to experiment. All the more so hedge will cost almost free.
So, let's begin.
This is best done with mid july to august, but you can try now. If the weather in October is good, everything will work out.
To start we cut the branches of willow on the basis of: one running meter 2-3 pieces, depending on what density you want your fence to be. Further better tear off the leaves.
Slices of branches process stimulator for the best education of roots like "Kornevin".
Stick bare branches in the groundwhere the future hedge is planned 40-50 cm apart.
And finally, well Polish our landings.
Later root system is formed, young leaves will start to appear in spring. You will only need to manage your living green hedge: to direct, cut, correct. But this, as they say, is a matter of technique.
Question. Apple trees (two-year-olds) planted in the fall of 2010. Apple trees have grown up, some have begun to bear fruit. The diameter of the trunk from 4 to 6 cm. Can they move to another place? How to do it right?
Answer. Yes, your trees can still be transplanted. But be prepared for the fact that next year they may not bear fruit, until they recover from transplant stress. After all, when transplanting a tree is inevitable is lost quite much of the root system. And the older the tree, the more roots when digging remain in the ground. Therefore, the "operation" must be well prepared.
The first. To tree well settled down on a new place, it is necessary create conditions for him for development. Prepare planting pits in autumn 80 by 80 cm and the same depth. They will overwinter so that the soil of the walls loosen and disappear. BUT in early springas soon as you can dig in the ground, fill the pits with fertile soil mixed with compost or perepevshim (but not fresh!) manure.
Add here on liter jar of wood ash and two handfuls of complex fertilizer per pit. After backfilling every twenty centimeters, compact the ground in the pit with your feet so that after planting the tree does not go too deep.
The second. Very important dig a tree with maybe a big lump of earthi.e. save more roots. To do this, first dig a trench around the perimeter of the crown, and then try to raise a tree. You can use this simple fixture. About two meters from the tree, dig a steady low column into the ground - a support for the lever. Lever will serve durable pole or piece of steel pipe. Wrap one end of it with rags and carefully, without damaging the bark, tie it to the trunk of the tree, and on the other, push and lift the tree out of the ground. If the earth is showered from the roots, wrap a bag of sacking or an old veil, a tarp.
And now carry the treeabout to a new place. Try to plant so that root neck It was slightly elevated above the ground (with the expectation of a future draft), and the vaccination site was above ground level. Abundantly pour the tree circleso that all possible voids formed in the roots are covered with the soil. If you feel that the wind will rock the trunk and crown strongly, then it is better to dig in two pegs and tie the trunk to them.
Spend trimming the crown, so that the roots in reduced composition could provide all the kidneys with nutrition.
Question. Hello, in my opinion, you are very enthusiastic people. I looked through your materials. Highly many useful. I also love the dacha, I will use your advice and recommendations, and now I ask for competent advice: I have all garden is a field breeze. I know that you can not cut it, but during the flowering period is very I want to cut all those spikeletsbecause the whole garden is in this ugly state for a long time. I can not find the answer, whether to cut it and Does the haircut hurt? After all, it grows shoots! And if I cut it, then whether the grass will perish? I really hope for your advice.
Answer. It is very good that the garden is covered with polevitsy. This is grass, as they say, for the lazy, so they write everywhere: you can not mow. But mowing is very possible and necessary, at least in order to give a neat look to the lawn. It doesn't hurt the rootson the contrary, the grass then grows even more. BUT it is necessary to mow the grass before winter it is necessary to clean, otherwise, after the winter, bald spots can go, and this will be a spoiled lawn to be repaired. This should not be allowed exactly.
Here are some giant trees happen! You stand next to them, hug them - and some incredible feeling of joyful exultation, incomprehensibility and at the same time participation in our greatest miracle infuses into the soul. Planet Earth - to her majesty NATURE.
See such a tree - be sure to go hug him and ask for strength and health.
Use in landscape design
Mahonia is a real treasure for a designer. It stands out among other plants for its decorative features - toothed leaves, bright flowering, mouth-watering blue berries. Due to the universality of the plant, it can be used as:
- architectural single plant
- addition to stone composition
- as one of the objects of a natural garden or simulated forest belt,
- plant for lawn
- bush for the hillside
- as an object of planting among trees and other shrubs,
- border, hedge,
- background plant and the edge.
Landscape designers are actively used to plant parks, gardens, residential areas, and so on. Both lower and upper tier of various flower-handicraft compositions are used. Harmoniously acts as a background for high-growing plants, and the edge for low representatives of the flora.
To create a hedge it is enough to plant several Magonia bushes in a certain line, and not to cut them. It grows quickly enough, filling in all the free space. To do this, do not plant it in heavy clay soil. In it, the plant grows slowly. Dense foliage clogs all the weeds, which minimizes the time to care.
Playing on contrasts, the plant most often grows “in company” with roses, daffodils, tulips and irises, in the spring and summer period. In the fall, the shrub harmoniously "coexists" with blue perennials. The color and shape of the leaves are original, and unusual, for which the designers appreciate the plant. And compositions with magonia are of great interest to the public. After all, the bush is a rare guest in our latitudes. Gardeners deprive him of attention unfairly.
The combination of magonia with stone pleases with its appearance and harmonious connection throughout the year, the plant is not deciduous. It is used as a frame and fills the free space. Cleverly pruning a shrub, it fills the necessary parts of the garden, emphasizing many plants favorably. Seasonal change in the color of leaves adds aristocracy to the garden, resembling English squares, where the plant is very popular.
With its high decoration and drought tolerance, it will be an excellent element of a gravel garden. A small shrub grows into a fairly large shrub. The gloss of the leaves allows you to decorate the garden, park or square at any time of the year, with or without flowers. A pleasant and unobtrusive scent will be the appropriate addition to the refined appearance of the garden or residential community.
This beautiful ornamental plant is the first to remind us of spring. As soon as the snow melted, beautiful leathery leaves, dark green in color, are shown. An unpretentious shrub is able, without harm to itself, to hibernate under the snow. From early spring to the first snowfall, Mahonia adorns the garden, park and garden. Without requiring special care and bringing aesthetic pleasure.
Having chosen Magonia on his plot, gardeners add color and exoticism to him. This plant should not be hidden behind the house or in the backyard. This shrub will decorate the territory all year round. At the same time being unpretentious and not requiring special care plant. They do not get sick, and insects are not afraid of pests.
Combination with other plants
Mahonia is ideal when forming alpine slides. Spectacular shrub very beautifully framed the rose garden. It is especially valuable when the garden is asleep. The beautiful evergreen leaves of Magonia do not allow the park or terrace to look dull and abandoned. In combination with dwarf representatives of conifers, the shrub looks great in the foreground.
Flowering spring shrubs remarkably in harmony with the holon-hollow mahonia. Magnolia, Erica, Camellia, Azalea and others create an amazing combination with Magonia, where each element complements and emphasizes the peculiarity of each other.
Japanese quince sprouted with magonia, giving it refinement and originality. By planting these two cultures side by side, you can create an amazing composition for the hillside or in front of the building facade.
Role in the garden
Mahonia is a rare shrub in our area, so pests do not damage it. Given this fact, it can be planted between fruit and berry trees and shrubs (apple, irga, cotoneaster, etc.), protecting them from diseases and pests. During flowering, with its strong and pleasant aroma, mahonia attracts insects to the garden for pollination. The beneficial ecological role of the shrub is another reason to plant it on its estate.
If there are mixborders in the garden, then the mahonia will be a wonderful background. Often planted with tapeworm. Flowers and unusual leaves add zest to the overall picture of the garden. From attractive dense bushes you can form beautiful low thickets.
Care and landing
Growing and caring for evergreen shrubs is easy, simple and pleasant. Even novice gardeners do an excellent job with this task. The plant is very unpretentious, unfavorable conditions are not terrible for it. It adapts to them, so you can plant it everywhere.
The best place for planting shrubs is shade. The aggressive effect of the sun leaves burns on the foliage. It turns brown. To form a bush of the desired size, it must be cut, it is desirable to do it in the spring. Every year the plant does not require trimming.
Top dressing with mineral substances twice a year promotes violent flowering and rapid growth. Does not like mahonia stagnant moisture in the soil, a soil rich in humus is considered to be a good place to plant.
The bush is not afraid of severe frost if it is well covered with snow. Damaged by heat leaves, clean in the spring and the plant again pleases lush foliage and bright flowering.
This relative of the barberry breeds in a variety of ways: seeds, cuttings, porosity of roots, leaf buds.
Cross-pollinated plant. If the gardener's goal is not only aesthetic, then in order to pick the berries, it is necessary to plant two or more Magonia bushes. And although many do not consider the shrub to be a berry crop, with proper pollination it will be littered with fruits. From which it turns out excellent jam, filling for baking and desserts, as well as berries are used as a dye for wine drinks, compotes. People with allergies use berries as a dye for fabric.
In homeopathy, the plant root is used. The healing extract from it is rich in tannins and vitamin C, increases the protective properties of the body. American residents of California use extract for many centuries.
Varieties of Magonia
About 50 species of this evergreen shrub are known. In our area, the most popular and favorable for breeding is the hollow-leaf mahonia, the creeping mahonia and the Japanese mahonia.
The latter grows much faster than a direct relative and reaches up to 200 cm in height, and 300 cm in width. The petioles are red and the leaf can be up to 30 cm long.
Crawling Mahonia is a shrub reaching a height of up to 45 cm. It is used as a coating for soil and for rockeries.
Gravel garden - the most inexpensive and simple version of the alpine garden. For his device does not need a complex topography and large stones. All you need is river sand, geotextile, gravel or crushed stone.. To begin with, it is necessary to dig up the soil and process it from weeds. After that, fall asleep with a layer of 3–5 cm of sand. Geotextiles will lie on top, and a layer of gravel will cover it. This is similar to the method by which some grow strawberries and cabbage, and, perhaps, it may seem undignified, but you do not have to carry heavy stones and dig them into the ground.
5 advantages of gravel garden
- no need for much space - 1 m 2 is enough for a miniature garden
- gravel garden is simple to perform
- does not require large financial costs
- unpretentious enough in care - weeds do not root deeply and they are easy to weed out
- plants are easy to sit down and replace
How to pick up the stones
A garden will look more natural if used to create it. stones that are found in the area. When selecting, preference should be given to stones of the same rock. Motley mixtures of various shapes, colors and textures are almost never found in nature, and such a composition will look unnatural. Multicolored decorative gravel will revive the composition, but you need to use it with caution, and even more so do not abuse it. It may be good as a background, but created with it. intricate gravel designs may look out of place.
Best of all, the gravel garden looks in the middle of the emerald green lawn. However, small pebbles tend to “scatter” very quickly over the grass and can even damage the mower. To prevent this from happening, It is recommended to deepen the level of gravel dumping relative to the lawn by 5-10 cm. However, in this case it will not be possible to avoid the penetration of the roots into the territory of the gravel section. More reliable option - turn over the stone placer with dividing tape or reinforce the border with a curb stone, tile or brick. The rigid border will not only keep the stones in place, but also protect the area from weeds. The disadvantage of such a decision - the garden will look less natural.
In this rock garden, you can plant a new plant (or replace an old one) at any time.whereas in the usual rock garden this process will be fraught with difficulties. One more plus: geotextiles well pass moisture, but almost do not germinate through it weeds - they can live only on top, in a layer of rubble, but in this case, fired out without much hassle. The main thing is that the geotex strips overlap each other at the joints and there are no large “holes” in its layer. If everything is done correctly, in the future the garden will not require particularly careful care.
How to pick flowers
So that your gravel garden is not boring and beautiful throughout the year, it is important to choose the right plants. In early spring, bright crocuses will decorate the gravel garden. A little later, primrose bloom. Merry yellow cypress undersized will add cheerful yellow notes, it grows well and quickly forms whole thickets, has a long flowering. Do not forget about the plants-pillows - the stone-saws of Arends, Caucasian and Obriet cultural. These plants, blooming in late May-June, are decorative, beautiful and bloom profusely, but they age quickly, so do not forget to divide them more often.
- First, grab the rubble in the place where you plan to place the flowers. Pierce a scoop or cut a geotextile crosswise with a sharp knife.
- Tie the edges of the geotextile so as to get a square "window." In a tissue-free area, dig a hole, stacking the ground nearby.
- Well fertilize the soil in the hole, place the plant, bury. Before you replace the rubble, remove excess soil from geotextiles.
Beautiful and picturesque carpets that create ground cover plants, for example, styloid phlox. Sprayed phlox is used less often - it is larger in size and does not form such a dense cover, but is more stable. In addition to the ubiquitous form with blue flowers, breeders have already brought out plants with white and pink color, they can be purchased at the store.
Small stonecrops also create a thick low carpet that adorns the garden for a long time, because some species retain the leaves even in winter. If you plant several different types of stonecrops at once, you can get beautiful contrasting combinations. It is recommended to plant varieties of stonecrops of false with purple leaves, by the way, and their flowers also have a reddish-pink color. In the stonecrop hybrid on small evergreen leaves appear numerous yellow flowers. Beautiful and Sedum caustic, he is not picky about the care, and its small thin leaves and numerous bright flowers will decorate any composition.
Board. Thyme can also form large carpets. All kinds are good, but especially thyme is lemon-scented. In addition to the pleasant smell and many small pink flowers in this species there are varieties with golden foliage. No less beautiful and creeping thyme.
Beautiful until autumn and Volzhanka kokorischelistnaya. Unlike tall Volzhans, this species is very compact., does not exceed 30 cm and looks more like an astilba. Small openwork leaves are beautiful all season, and in July the plant becomes especially elegant, because by this time white paniculate inflorescences appear. In addition to this Volzhanka can be planted and varieties of astilba curly. They are more drought resistant.
Geyher compact curtains are also an indispensable component of a gravel garden.. Now you can find both typical varieties with green leaves, and brighter novelties with burgundy, pink or orange-yellow leaves.
In a gravel garden, as, indeed, in any other, not to do without stunted shrubs. Dwarf varieties of Japanese spirea are especially good.. Potentilla bushy blossoms almost all summer - its varieties vary in height and color.
The Mahonia is also hollow. Its leaves are very similar to holly - they are evergreen, leathery, dark green in color. By autumn, the leaves become reddish, and as such, the plant remains until spring. Bright yellow flowers decorate the spring. This species is quite unpretentious, but in harsh winters, the parts of the plant that are above the snow cover frost out, although in spring the shoots grow quickly and the bush restores its decorative effect.
Protection and care
The main problem of a gravel garden is weeds. If they are wound up, then to bring them out from under the layer of stones is almost unreal. That is why, before planting plants, layers of geotextile are laid on the ground free from weeds. However, weeds will still appear (from stray seeds), and they will have to be weeded out. The main thing is to do it in a timely manner. Сложнее удалить с отсыпки мусор: со временем, когда гравии уплотнится, мусор можно будет аккуратно сметать проволочными граблями или жесткой щеткой, из «рыхлого» гравия его придется выбирать руками. Раз в несколько лет придется подсыпать немного гравия.
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Every gardener wants his site to look "perfect" all year round, but not always original ideas for a garden come to mind. Make sure that your garden is decorative, not only in the summer season, because it is easier than it seems!
Winter is not a reason to abandon activity, both physical and horticultural. Go out into the garden and blind the snowman, build a snow fort, cook a barbecue or, eventually, build a bird feeder - there is always something to do on the plot! And at the same time take care of the appearance of your garden. Plan to prepare for the next season, starting in the spring, which, by the way, is just around the corner.
1. Plant herbaceous plants in the garden
Decorate the garden with high ornamental types of grassy plants: miscanthus, wild oats, millet, etc. Their leaves, resembling the feathers of strange birds, in winter will look very impressive.
Choosing decorative cereals for the garden, pay attention to the frost resistance of plants. For example, some varieties of miscanthus must be covered for the winter, which means that such grass cannot decorate the site for a whole year.
2. Get shrubs with red branches
Plant plants with colored shoots, for example, red turf. During the season, its branches change color from light green to dark purple.
Shrubs with decorative bark are good because they decorate the site not only during flowering, but also after its completion. With the help of these plants you can create outstanding landscape compositions.
3. Plant some unusual trees or shrubs.
Use interesting forms of shrubs, for example, hazel (hazel) Konturta, whose branches are twisted in the form of a corkscrew, or willow of Matsuda (tortuous) with curly, as if after a perm, waving.
Common Hazel Konturta
Yves Matsudana named after the Japanese botanist Sadakhis Matsuda
Plants with bizarrely curved shoots always attract attention, but in the winter, under a layer of snow, the branches look especially interesting.
4. Do not forget about conifers
Take care of planting conifers and shrubs. They have a variety of shapes, colors and sizes, there is always something to choose from.
Coniferous plants are good at any time of the year.
Coniferous trees and shrubs can be given different forms.
Many conifers do not need shelter for the winter and are able to endure the bitter cold. Besides, having grown a fir-tree on a site, it is possible to use it as a Christmas tree, having decorated with garlands and ribbons.
6. Take a closer look at the plants with decorative fruits.
Pay attention to plants whose fruits remain ornamental even in winter. It is holly (holly), barberry, cotoneaster, snowberry and some ornamental apple trees.
Make sure that the birds arriving in your garden have something to profit except the fruits of such plants, otherwise the entire decoration will be eaten by feathered guests.
7. Hang bird feeders
Placing feeders for wintering birds in the garden, you will immediately solve two problems: first, help the birds survive the winter, and second, decorate the site with motley art objects (and the birds themselves look great in the garden).
You can choose an interesting model in the store, but much more original will look like a self-made feeder.
8. Use decorative garden sculptures.
A great decoration for the garden at any time of the year - garden sculptures and other items that will look good on the site. Now there are a lot of options for small architectural forms for the garden in stores, but with a little effort, you can make sculptures yourself.
Sculptures in the garden make the garden more vivid
Seemingly unnecessary things can be used to decorate the garden, for example, an old bicycle, boots, a broken garden wheelbarrow, etc.
9. Provide lighting in your garden.
Take care of the garden lighting. In winter, when most of the day is dark, decorative lighting will not only add a “zest”, but also allow you to walk around the site comfortably.
To celebrate special events, you can install candles or biofireplaces in the garden, this will help to create a unique and cozy atmosphere.
10. Give up the usual shelters for plants
Use decorative winter shelters. Their main purpose is to protect the plants in the cold season, but with the help of skilled hands and little drops of fantasy such shelters can be easily turned into interesting decorations for the garden.
Having taken care of decorating the site in the spring, next winter you will receive a bright garden that will be pleasing to the eye, in contrast to the monotonous snowy landscape.