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I would like to tell you about my flower garden, which is unlikely to attract the attention of lovers of lush garden flowers, but I think it will appeal to those who love compositions that resemble species of wildlife.
I love this flower garden for two reasons: firstly, it resembles the coastal thickets of our rivers and lakes, along which I once traveled a lot during expeditions and hikes (by the way, some plants were brought from such trips), and secondly, it requires very little maintenance.
In addition, during the summer, it changes all the time: some plants fade away - others come to replace them, and there is a time when foliage, varied in color and shape, plays the main role, but the general appearance, the mood of this corner remain unchanged.
So, what is my flower garden. It is located in a rather humid place - there is a depression on the site, in addition, there is a bathhouse nearby, so there is enough water, the soil is acidic, forest - mainly the top layer, which was shaken off from the roots of spruce and birch trees uprooted during the development of the site.
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The sun illuminates the flower garden almost all day - only in the morning the greenhouse shades it somewhat from the east. Its shape is triangular, occupying an area of about 3.5 m². It is viewed from all sides - from two paths between which it is located, from the porch and terrace of the bathhouse, from where it is especially good to admire the Japanese irises, the flowers of which are directed upwards.
Despite the fact that there are quite a lot of flowering plants in the flower garden, the undoubted dominant in it is the marsh iris bush (Iris pseudacorus), which almost does not bloom, but what leaves it has! It feels like a green fountain! Although, of course, this plant is rather aggressively spreading, and it has to be periodically "tamed", cutting off parts of the bush and planting them "behind the fence", but soon all the nearby ditches and ponds will be decorated with yellow iris flowers, which, by the way, appear there much more willingly.
A worthy pair of marsh iris is a loosestrife (Lythrum) - an amazing plant that takes up very little space at the base, but grows into a huge ball, decorated with crimson inflorescence candles from mid-summer to autumn. And after the bush has faded, its foliage "blooms", which turns red in the fall.
Speaking of autumn decoration, one cannot fail to mention the autumn helenium (Helenium autumnale), the yellow "daisies" of which peep out in August from behind the green iris fountain.
The already mentioned Japanese iris is planted in front of the marsh iris bush. It blooms in July, and the sight of large six-petal purple flowers with yellow eyes swinging on thin peduncles makes it irresistible at this time, especially since it blooms after the Siberian iris growing nearby, whose flowers are unusually cute, but, of course, not so majestic.
Next to these irises grow varietal swimsuits (bright yellow and orange), which bloom in June, and daylilies of two varieties, blooming at the end of July: the earlier Purple Waters with crimson-burgundy flowers with a yellow stripe and an unknown variety of lemon-yellow handsome with slightly crimped petals.
Shading the bright colors of daylilies, perennial blue lobelia (Lobelia syphylitica) blooms at the same time with flowers that are more modest in appearance, but by no means in brightness.
"At the feet" of these plants, several host varieties are planted, whose foliage is good all summer, and on the west side, next to the loosestrife, there is a white peony variety that blooms in June, when the loosestrife has not yet risen, and then supports the company with its beautiful leaves …
The space under these plants was drawn by the wondrous tender Veronica serpyllifolia with blue flowers. By itself, she is very aggressive, but in such a company she behaves well. A pink variety of subulate phlox is planted next to it. Both of these plants, growing, crawl out onto the concrete steps of the porch, near which they grow, and in some years even hang from them.
On the other, the eastern side, which is more shaded, there is a fan-shaped catchment (Aquilegia flabellata) with white flowers that appear in late May, slightly rising above the dense head of bluish carved foliage.
And, finally, along the very edge of the flower garden, there is a border of multi-colored primroses (Primula acaulis, P. auricula, P. juliae), which are the first to bloom and seem to "flock" to the constantly forming blue thorny spruce planted in the southern corner.
Kirengeshoma palmata (Kirengeshoma palmata) has recently settled near the spruce with amazing maple-like leaves.
That's the whole company that lives in my flower garden now. Of course, I cannot say that it was formed according to some plan - the first plants were planted spontaneously, but then, when general outlines began to emerge, the selection of neighbors became more purposeful.
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For example, the southern, in fact, the most important corner was "restless" for a long time. I planted different plants there, but all the time it turned out somehow wrong.
And then the case helped - a spruce, originally planted closer to the center of the flower garden, because it was planned that over time it would grow and become the dominant of the composition, it suffered greatly from the snow falling from the roof, and it had to be transplanted to the path, where it was in place and "made" a corner, but here it naturally began to be shaped differently.
It is a pity for the clematis of the Andre Leroy variety, which grew in the background and at the end of summer dissolved a cloud of blue flowers over the flower garden, hanging from the roof of the bath. Of course, the soil conditions were not suitable for him, and, despite his excellent growth, he died in an unsuccessful winter. Now I want to try to plant a bone marrow in its place - perhaps it will take root there.
The second problem, which has not yet been fully resolved, is the spring view. Traditional small-bulbous and corms grow poorly under these conditions, let's try to plant violets, maybe they will like this place. In general, creativity continues.