Flower borders in the country and in the garden will allow you to transform the site without the services of a landscape designer. To create such a decoration, annual plants with bright and medium-sized buds are most suitable.
Unpretentious Iberis is sown in open ground in April, or before winter. To prolong flowering, it is recommended to plant seeds at intervals of 2-3 weeks. Iberis is loose soil and well-lit areas, and will bloom poorly in shaded areas. The plant needs watering only during a severe drought, and the rest of the time it has enough rainwater. The flower often suffers from earthen fleas, aphids and mealy worms, and is also susceptible to fungal diseases.
Ageratum, rich in colors, is not demanding in care and blooms from May to October. It is planted on seedlings in mid-March, and transferred to open ground in the second half of May.
The flower loves warm and sunlit areas with fertile, loose, permeable soil containing peat and leafy soil.
It blooms weakly in partial shade, and is also afraid of frost. Ageratum is susceptible to the appearance of root rot, so it is worth treating it with special means, as well as protecting it from butterflies and nematodes.
Coreopsis (lenok) does not require growing seedlings; it is planted in open ground in May. The plant loves lighted areas and loose soil, it is also worth providing regular watering with warm water.
In addition, the shrub must be fed with mineral fertilizers to ensure long-term flowering.
Coreopsis is susceptible to aphid infestation, therefore it needs to be treated against pests. With abundant watering or prolonged rains, it can suffer from fungal diseases.
Seeds of aromatic nasturtium are sown in a nesting way in open ground in the third decade of May, but cultivation through seedlings is possible. She prefers well-lit places, protected from the wind, needs systematic watering and weeding.
The annual color renewal will allow you to create new interesting compositions.
Nasturtium should be planted in nutritious, slightly acidic, well-drained soil, but excess organic matter in the soil can cause vigorous green growth and slow flowering. It is resistant to diseases and is rarely infested by pests. In addition, it repels aphids, Colorado potato beetle and whiteflies.
Spectacular lobularia has an intense honey aroma and blooms at the first autumn frost. It is sown into unprotected soil at the end of April or in November. The plant prefers fertile, drained, neutral soil and areas protected from winds and drafts. It is undemanding to lighting and watering, but in hot weather it stops flowering until a comfortable temperature is restored.
Marigolds have a rich, spicy aroma and bloom profusely from early summer to late autumn. They are sown in open ground in March-April, seedlings, or planted with flowering shrubs in May-June.
The plant loves sunny areas and regular watering, in addition, the ground under it needs to be weeded often.
In order for the flowering to be abundant, it is necessary to remove the wilted inflorescences. Marigolds are not afraid of pests and protect other plants from fungus.
Snapdragon is sown on seedlings in early March, and transferred to open ground at the end of May. It is patient with nighttime cold snaps and blooms from July to autumn frosts.
For prolonged flowering, seeds should not be set and wilted buds should be cut off.
Snapdragon grows well in shady places, but does not tolerate strong winds. Be sure to plant it in nutritious, well-drained soil and monitor its moisture.
Chrysanthemum maiden is sown for seedlings in early March and transferred to the ground in early May. It blooms several times, so it is necessary to remove wilted buds so as not to interfere with the development of new ones. Chrysanthemum loves shaded areas with loose, limed, well-drained soil. Long-term moisture is negative, especially in cold weather. The plant is resistant to pests and diseases.
The heat-loving dahlia blooms with magnificent double or semi-double flowers from July to November. It must be planted in a nutritious soil and regularly fed with mineral fertilizers. Dahlia feels good in lit places with direct sunlight. She also needs regular watering and loosening of the soil.
The main function of curb plants is to emphasize the shape and value of a given element in the garden. Most often these are ridges, flower beds, flower beds, paths, lawns and other elements of garden design. The selected flowers must be correctly matched, well thickened to form a uniform line or pattern. What types of low-growing border flowers are suitable, the photo and name of popular plants of this group are presented in the article.
The people got the name "snapdragon". It has a pyramidal shape and inflorescences in the form of brushes, which have a different structure, size, and color from white to almost black.
For its beauty and variety of varieties, it occupies a place of honor in decorative floriculture.
Photophilous, grows well on soils rich in organic matter, does not tolerate drought.
A very ornate plant with flowers similar to gerberas.
Dark spots in the center of yellow, orange, cream, pink inflorescences create ring patterns.
It has just a rare drought resistance and even does not tolerate excess moisture.
A beautiful ornamental plant with silky flowers of delicate colors: white, pink, cream, salmon, lilac.
It is noticed that it is when sown in the ground that it develops better and blooms more abundantly.
Does not tolerate dry weather and needs abundant watering.
Without these fiery flowers, I cannot imagine a garden, I always plant both on curbs and in separate groups. A completely unpretentious plant, it can be transplanted to another place even in the middle of summer in a flowering state.
They grow very quickly, it is better for them to choose an area that is illuminated and protected from the wind.
♦ More about planting and care, photos of my marigold flowers here >>.
The oldest medicinal plant was loved by many gardeners for the brightness of flowers and long flowering. Terry varieties of calendula are especially beautiful.
The plant is unpretentious, cold-resistant, undemanding to soil. Loves sunny places and regular watering, without which the inflorescences will become smaller.
It develops very quickly, due to the formation of lateral shoots, it blooms profusely.
It is also an unpretentious and abundantly flowering plant; it is used in mixborders, rabatkas.
Coreopsis is photophilous and drought-resistant, does not need excessive fertilizing, only a bush will grow on manured soils, but it will not want to bloom.
If the faded plant is cut to a height of 10 cm, then it will bloom again.
A powerful upright plant, reaches a height of 100-140 cm, with very beautiful inflorescences with a yellow core and petals of different colors at the edges.
It tolerates transplantation, is good at creating screens and high discounts.
A valuable plant with creeping stems and bright original flowers with a pleasant aroma. He also has decorative leaves.
On soils rich in organic matter, they do not bloom, only leaves grow. Therefore, it is better to plant on light soils and feed with phosphorus fertilizers.
Needs abundant watering in the heat, at this time it may refuse to bloom.
Bright specks of purslane inflorescences delight all summer. They only open up in the sun, so you don't need to plant them in the shade.
The plant is unpretentious, tolerates transplants well, heat, thanks to creeping shoots and self-seeding, it grows superbly.
Used in low landings.
♦ The blog has a separate post about purslane flowers.
Bright flowers with golden-yellow inflorescences will perfectly decorate both lawns and mixborders.
They prefer only sunny places, they are drought-resistant.
And in order for rudbeckia to bloom profusely, it needs to be fed with mineral fertilizers 3-4 times.
True, its flowering ends at the end of August, but gardeners still love such a plant very much.
Such a beautiful name for a plant with yellow inflorescences, which during the flowering period can be up to 200 pieces on one bush.
It branches densely and spreads along the ground, forming auxiliary roots, with which it is additionally fixed.
We are not talking about perennial autumn flowers, but about annuals blooming all summer, they are also affectionately called "chrysanthemums".
Chrysanthemums are valued for their ease of growing, unpretentiousness, for a huge variety of shapes and colors of inflorescences.
It is noteworthy that too wet soil can harm them: the plant begins to stretch and lie down.
This is the flower that I always sow just unconditionally. Germination is excellent, blooms all summer, all kinds of colors.
Of course, she loves watering, light and warmth, which we have in abundance.
A wonderful groundcover with smooth, shiny, slightly wavy flowers.
At the beginning of flowering, it has a compact shape, and as it develops, it spreads and spreads over a large area due to the shoots.
Good for landscaping slopes, slides.
Many popular and beautiful flower crops can be planted in a flower bed in the sunniest area. What sun-loving, drought-resistant and heat-resistant flowers can be sown on seedlings in order to decorate your garden with them later? Consider this issue in more detail!
Note! All of the flower crops listed below are very unpretentious, so they are ideal for gardeners who want to have a beautiful, but not whimsical flower garden.
Escholzia (also known as the California Poppy) is a short, unpretentious annual with a completely charming flowering that lasts from early summer to late August or early October. It reproduces well by self-seeding.
You can plant Escholzia seedlings in early March. 2-3 seeds must be placed in the center of an individual cup, and then covered with earth with a layer of 1 mm, refrigerated for 24 hours, and then rearranged to a warm place.
Few can match the beauty of the lush and vibrant blooms of amazing zinnias! The annual plant blooms from mid-June until frost. She does not take up brightness: there are flowers of pink, yellow, orange, white, purple and more!
Planting zinnia at home is best in early April. This article details the cultivation of seedlings. this culture.
Gaillardia is a spectacular drought tolerant perennial flower that will brighten up even the driest, hottest, and sunniest areas of your garden. The inflorescences of the plant, painted in yellow, red, orange, literally resemble the sun itself. By the way, the culture is able to please with its long flowering throughout the summer.
You can plant seeds at home during March. Here it is described in detail about sowing Gaillardia seedlings.
Lavender is a very interesting, beautiful and fragrant perennial flower. Ideal for alpine slides, rockeries, curbs, flower beds in the sun. By the way, the first photo below shows a wonderful combination of lavender and escholzia.
You can sow seeds in the second half of February or early March (but before that, the seeds must be stratified). This article details how to grow lavender seedlings at home.
Yarrow can be safely called a very cute and interesting flower. The field plant looks harmoniously within the suburban areas and is in no way inferior to other flowers. Without any fear, you can plant a perennial in the hottest and driest place in the garden. Flowering usually begins in early June and ends in late August.
You can plant yarrow seeds for seedlings at the very end of winter or in the first half of March. In a wide container, the seeds are sown at a distance of 3 cm, and then covered with earth in a layer of 2 cm.
Kosmeya (or Mexican aster, Cosmos) is picturesque, beautiful, unpretentious, drought-resistant. The annual plant blooms all summer. As a rule, the Mexican aster is medium or tall. It reproduces well by self-seeding.
Kosmeya can be planted for seedlings in early April. For these purposes, separate cups are used, the seeds are laid out in the center of the container and slightly pressed to the ground.
Decorative purslane is a very unpretentious annual ground cover. In favorable conditions (in a warm, dry place with sandy soil), it grows beautifully with a carpet. Also, this culture is a self-seeding flower, that is, it is able to reproduce through self-seeding without the participation of a gardener. Purslane blooms from June to September.
You can sow it in late March or early April. The process of sowing purslane for seedlings and the features of growing crops at home are described here.
Thyme (or another name - creeping thyme) is great for growing in the sun. A ground cover perennial spreads over a sunny area with a dense carpet. Flowering time: from July to the end of August. In addition to its undemanding and undemanding character, it has a pleasant aroma.
It is better to sow thyme for seedlings in the second half of March. Planting is shallow, that is, the seeds cannot be covered with sand or earth. In a wide and not very high bowl, seeds mixed with sand are simply sown on the surface.
Echinacea purpurea is a very tenacious and undemanding perennial plant, it will feel great in a sunny and dry place. However, the culture prefers fertile and loose soil, do not forget about this. In the garden, it pleases with flowering from late June to October.
Echinacea can be planted for seedlings in the second half of February, here it is described in detail.
Kentrantus or Valerian red is an interesting and spectacular perennial plant. However, it is often planted as an annual (it does not tolerate the cold well and needs shelter for the winter). The flower is tall (capable of reaching a height of 0.9-1 meters). Valerian red is best suited for light, sandy, dry soils. Approximate flowering time: June to September.
Sowing kentrantus for seedlings is optimal in mid-March. For this, spacious, but not very high containers are used. Seeds are sown evenly over the surface of the ground (at a distance of 1-2 cm), they are not covered with anything from above.
Verbena is picky and drought-resistant. This plant is perennial, but is more often grown as an annual. Blooms from late June until the first frost. In general, the cultivation of a crop does not require any skills and complex agrotechnical techniques.
It is sown at home during March, this material details the cultivation of verbena seedlings.
Important! It is necessary to plant seeds for seedlings and care for seedlings according to all the rules. Weak, frail and unhealthy seedlings are unlikely to be able to normally take root in the open field, grow and bloom in the sun.
Despite the resistance of these crops to heat and drought, caring for them cannot be completely ignored. It is necessary to water as soon as possible, it is very useful to carry out top dressing, removing weeds, loosening the soil, removing faded inflorescences. You can slow down the evaporation of moisture in the sun by mulching (mulch is laid around the plants in a layer of about 5-7 centimeters).
It is recommended to prepare the soil for future plantings in the fall. You need to dig it up and add compost. The soil should be loose and breathable. Perilla grows well after peas, beans and other legumes. In the spring, a portion of mineral fertilizers is additionally added to each hole. It is possible to plant seedlings in open ground when the average daily temperature is + 10 ... + 12 ° C. The bushes are distributed over an area with a distance of 20-30 cm. It is useful to sprinkle the surface of the soil with sand. In the future, this will protect against the development of fungal diseases.
Open, sunny areas are preferred. Light is especially necessary for varieties with variegated or red leaves. It is worth taking care of protection from drafts in advance, otherwise the plants will be weak.
The soil for growing flowers for seedlings should be suitable for the plants that will be in it. Basic requirements for the soil:
You can prepare such a soil mixture yourself in order to significantly save your budget, because you need to sow a lot. The basis of the soil is peat, river sand, sod land, sphagnum moss, perlite or vermiculite, crushed coniferous bark. After mixing all the components, add 70% sawdust.
If there are no suitable components for seedlings, then it is better to buy ready-made soil, for example, Universal, Violet, Sadovaya earth and others. To choose the right soil mixture, you need to look at the composition of the package. There should not be an excess of fertilizer in it, otherwise it will not work to grow normal seedlings. If the share of dressings is 300-400 mg / l, then there is no need to sow in such a substrate. It is better to use it after a dive. It is better to choose land for sowing for cacti.
And this information will be of interest to my fellow countrymen, residents of the Kuban. The summer of 2017 was very hot here. Other regions complained about the cold summer, but we had the opposite. And in my flower beds, in the flower beds of friends, there was no special splendor. Some flowers refused to bloom, others had scarce flowers, and still others simply survived in extreme heat - it was a pity to look at them.
But there were flowers that were not affected by either the abnormally hot sun or the rare but torrential (in the full sense of the word) rains. But before I even pulled them out. These were annuals, but they sprouted by self-sowing and did not grow at all where I needed. That is, that summer showed that these flowers are very hardy. In the conditions of that summer, only they bloomed and smelled profusely.
These are mirabilis, fragrant tobacco and purslane. I will write briefly about each.
This flower certainly grew in the flower garden of my grandmother, mother, and I also love it very much. True, as a child, I did not know his real name, we all called him Zorka. And it fully justified its name. The flowers opened in the evening, stood open all night, and only in the morning, at dawn, they closed. We had varieties with bright crimson flowers, but there are varieties with white, yellow, pink and pale salmon petals. I even saw flowers of different colors on the same bush. At home, it is a perennial, in the conditions of the Kuban it can survive the winter, or maybe not, but then in the spring shoots appear on this place, of which only the strongest and healthiest remain. I think that in the middle lane this is definitely an annual. By the way, many people grow it at home on the windowsill.
Mirabilis is an unpretentious plant. In addition to evening watering, light loosening, and removal of weeds, he received nothing from me last year, but was almost the main decoration of the garden. Bloomed until the coldest days. And they came here almost in December.
For me, scented tobacco is a flower that I "planted and forgot". This is an annual, but every spring new shoots appear in the same place. All I can do is prevent it from growing all over the garden. But, to be honest, I'm not particularly zealous. Flowers of fragrant tobacco are not very noticeable, but in the evenings such an aroma spreads throughout the garden that one does not want to get rid of the "extra" plants. Also does not require special care. Only seedlings can "clog" weeds, so their removal is mandatory at first. Then, when the plant gets stronger, no weeds are afraid of it. Only the strongest and strongest survived the winter. Sometimes I transplant tobacco plants in the spring from places where I don't need it to empty spaces in the flower bed. Growing up, becoming a fluffy bush, it not only covers the bare spot in the flower garden, but also creates a background for low-growing plants.
Purslane is also a flower from my childhood. Every summer I saw him both in my grandmother's and in my mother's flower garden. We called it "carpet" because it covered the ground near the paths in the front garden with a bright carpet. It was the purslane that gave the flower garden a certain completeness. What beautiful flowers the purslane has! There are simple, there are terry or semi-double of the most varied colors. Purslane blooms all summer, from June to frost. In the evenings, the flowers are closed, but in the morning they "burn" like multi-colored lights on a flower bed. You can only sow purslane once and it, thanks to abundant self-sowing, will delight you every year. Loves sunny places, blooms poorly in the shade or does not bloom at all. Grows well on sandy soils. But he also likes my black soil. I don’t know how correct my observations are, but it seems better not to fertilize purslane. Growing up, purslane can even survive weeds. I have never seen weeds in the place where it grows.
Choosing annual flowers for giving, you can buy seedlings or seeds in flower shops or supermarket departments. Today, the choice of sowing materials is so wide that it will not be difficult to find the desired flower.
Tall representatives are great for decorating flower beds or mixborders; in mixed flower beds, they usually create a background. When planning the design of the site for the summer season, take into account the combination of sizes (heights) of plants, their colors. Flower requirements for soil moisture, lighting, fertilizers should also be borne in mind. Sometimes plant species with the same name can be both tall and short, medium-sized. Please read the accompanying information when purchasing seeds. Annual flowers blooming all summer - the name and photo are always on the package. Try to keep the crops that grow next to each other close from an agronomic point of view.