Onions blooming in spring are rightfully considered one of the most diverse plants in terms of decorativeness, color scheme and size. At the same time, tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and other bulbs are grown as seasonal decoration of the garden. Setting the tone for the whole spring and opening the season, spring bulbs quickly leave the garden scene. And they leave behind unattractive fading greens. Only a well-thought-out planting will not notice the flaws of these magnificent plants.Where to plant spring bulbs? 5 right decisions
On the shortcomings of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and Co.
Tender, quivering, bewitching or bold, always joyful, spring bulbs - a wonderful decoration of the garden. But they have one big drawback: after flowering, and in many ways before it, they will not decorate the garden. Their greens are inconspicuous and modest, it begins to fade soon after flowering and cannot be pruned.
Yellowing, sluggish leaves on bare ground - decoration is not the best either for the flower garden or for the lawn. As well as empty places that remain after the plants finally go to a dormant period. And there is only one way to avoid the manifestation of all the shortcomings of spring bulbs - to use such plants correctly.
Fortunately, in the arsenal of landscape design there are many simple, classic or original solutions. And 5 of these strategies can definitely claim to be the best options. These are fashionable ways of planting spring bulbs in autumn, which will allow spring to enjoy their beauty without regret about the "consequences".
1. Hide the bulbs in the carpets
Bulbous, blooming in spring, especially primroses, are the best candidates for creating colorful clearings and spots of early flowering. But if you simply place them in a group, spring spots a week after the last flowers bloom will turn into the most unattractive place in the garden.You can "hide" tulips and daffodils in the existing "garden carpets" from the groundcover.
Adding landscape glades and spots from spring bulbs, it is worth considering the possibility of hiding flowers in the "carpets" existing in the gardens. Green lawns and all kinds of alternatives, including glades from groundcover and creeping shrubs, will not suffer at all if you hide spring bulbs in the turf and between plants.
They literally transform the garden in the spring and will serve as a colorful decoration until the beginning of the summer blooming riot. And the main “cover” will easily hide the flaws of the withering green.
2. We introduce spring bulbs into flower beds from perennials
Bulbous - primarily accent plants. They are used to create spring spots and colorful dots where the spring garden seems boring. They need to be introduced into flower beds and flower beds, mixborders and rockeries, added under late waking shrubs, on alpine hills and even in borders.A typical example of an ideal partner for spring bulbs - the host.
This technique is useful both as an instrument of seasonal gardening and as an opportunity to mask impartial voids after bulb bloom. All that is needed is to plant spring bulbs where partners will then hide their fading leaves.
If bulbs are used in the middle plan, they can be planted with not very aggressive and late-waking grassy perennials with lush foliage. Place them between the main plants, in small groups.
A typical example of an ideal partner is a host, which starts much later than all the main spring bulbs. But there are plenty to choose from: bush phloxes, daylilies, ferns, geyhera, cuffs, astilbe, geraniums, like most popular perennials, can easily cope with the task.
If the bulbs are used in the foreground or in a frame, they are combined with compact carpet perennials - from bright carpet phlox and silver stubble to tenacious. In this case, the bulbs are placed so that the main plants can mask their fading greens.
Bulbous in the composition of flowerbeds and mixborders can be added both at the planning stage, and by adjusting or complementing already prepared compositions. They do not need large planting pits, and adding new plants in the autumn along the perimeter of the bushes, between perennials or near shrubs, will not be difficult at all.
3. Planting spring onion tiers
Planting onion and small onion tiers is a simple, ancient and very effective solution. Everyone who created flower beds only from bulbs or planted them in baskets and pots is familiar with the simple way of planting in tiers - planting plants with different growing periods and different planting depths in distinctive layers.
Planting onion and small onion tiers is a simple, ancient and very effective solution.
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A typical example is planting tulips and crocuses or tulips and hyacinths in two "balls". First, the largest bulbs are planted to the optimum depth, then they are carefully covered with soil and the usual planting of small onions is carried out.
But you can alternate bulbous and only in terms of flowering. There are dozens of species in a huge class of bulb and corm plants. They can be built into a kind of flowering relay race - from March and the melting of snow to frost. And choosing your favorite species, you can create a composition in which some onions will effectively hide others.
One of the best candidates for masking the defects of spring bulbs is anemone. Lush curly leaves appear late and easily hide the soil, the remains of the foliage of any spring stars. Crocuses, muscari, daffodils, tulips, anemones, lilies, and hazel grouse are just one example of a mixed onion spot in which later onions replace their fading colleagues.
4. We create seasonal mono-flower beds and discounts
Rabatki from a single plant and small mono-flower beds are increasingly popular. And it is completely no coincidence: little can be compared in beauty with a strict in form, densely filled with slender rows of hyacinths, daffodils or tulips flower bed.Not much can be compared in beauty to a strict in form, densely filled with slender rows of hyacinths, daffodils or tulip flower beds.
Keeping the optimal distance during planting and planting bulbs in strict rows, they achieve the effect of a continuous carpet of flowers. And the most complete disclosure of the beauty of the species.
Such onion flower beds can be perennial (permanent) or combined - created from species requiring annual excavation and then used for summers.
In the flower beds for annual plants, tulips and hyacinths after digging are simply exchanged for seedlings of your favorite summers, creating each year a new colorful flower garden from temporary plants.
When the pilots fade, in the fall, bulbs again plant in their place. As such replacement partners, you can use perennial, but exotic and non-wintering species that can be taken out into the garden only with the advent of summer. Cannes, gladioli, dahlias and even indoor bananas will happily settle in the place of tulips instead of petunias or pelargoniums.
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5. Growing spring bulbs in containers
If you grow your favorite bulbs in pots, then there will be no problems with their appearance on the flower beds. In spring bulbs you can decorate terraces, paths, the entrance to the house, recreation areas. At the same time, it is easy to track varieties and create ideal conditions for flowers, removing containers to hell as soon as the leaves begin to fade.If you grow your favorite bulbs in pots, then there will be no problems with their appearance on the flower beds.
The cultivation of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and Co. in flower pots and pots has one big drawback - care. Bulbous in separate containers will completely depend on the owners and misses with watering or top dressing for them will be critical. Sophisticated compositions from different species or a simple planting of one variety in a pot - only you can choose.
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One of the forms of container culture, which is becoming more popular - dropping. Bulbs are placed in large baskets, which, after flowering, are dug up and transferred to ripening in temporary places, literally "taking out" from flower beds or lawns. Of course, this option does not fit well with minimum care gardens and is not suitable for everyone.