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Video: What Flowers Can Decorate A Garden In Autumn
Warm colors of autumn in your garden
Nature is a well-known lover of celebrating her upcoming "winter vacation". The colors of autumn are unusually bright, juicy, creating a feeling of a holiday, despite the drizzling rain, the sad murmur of bird flocks leaving our land, the "premonition" of frost in the morning and other signs of the end of a warm season. Autumn flower beds are full of charm. Luxurious garden plants that have gained strength over the summer are pleasing to the eye.
Paniculata phlox - its unpretentious flowers with unusually varied color of petals - becomes a magnificent decoration of both the ceremonial areas of the garden and its secluded corners. There are more than 1500 varieties of phlox, among which there are a lot of late-flowering ones. Phlox flowers have an extraordinary, tart aroma, especially noticeable in the evening hours.
Only the double monarda, one of the most famous garden plants containing essential oils, can compete with them in terms of smell.
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Monarda leaves the "autumn scene" early enough, together with the king of September flower beds - the cultural dahlia, whose roots should be dug up and dried for further storage by mid-October.
But another famous representative of the same Asteraceae family - aster - is destined to pamper flower lovers with her presence until late autumn. New Belgian and New England asters are tall, and shrub aster can play the role of a border plant in the fall.
Pink, white, carmine and lilac shades of asters are especially good in alternation with helenium and rudbeckia. Lush clumps of cut-leaved rudbeckia look like fabulous thickets, one of the varieties of which is better known as the "golden ball". Two other, very popular species - brilliant rudbeckia and glossy rudbeckia, although they are inferior to the "golden ball" in height, but are able to give some volume to the autumn flower bed due to the brownish shades of their petals.
Where giant growth is not needed, autumn helenium looks good, which, in addition to its inherent variety of color in different varieties of this plant (from golden to reddish and brown), is capable of changing the color of its inflorescences at different times of flowering. Thus, on one helenium bush, you can simultaneously find harmonious color transitions.
Numerous varieties of Korean chrysanthemum - the leader in autumn bloom - bloom before the first snowfall. Chrysanthemum cannot but be popular, so good are its magnificent inflorescences, which can be either double or simple, of the most varied colors and sizes.
Trees and shrubs with brightly colored foliage serve as a good background for the joyous golden-yellow range of autumn colors. The leader among such plants is the girlish grape, the beautifully dissected leaves of which, with the onset of cold weather, are painted in burgundy tones. Used most often for vertical gardening, girlish grapes or Amur grapes, which are somewhat less common in gardens, can completely braid with their shoots a garden gazebo, and walls of fences, and facades of houses.
Speaking about the color of the foliage, one cannot fail to mention the silver goose and sea buckthorn, whose whitish-gray leaves bring their own unique touch to the palette of the autumn garden. Magnificent maples, euonymus, brittle buckthorn with its lemon-yellow foliage - all these are good old acquaintances of gardeners in the middle lane.
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Often, in addition to the juicy color of autumn leaves, plants are able to please us with the brightness of fruits ripened in the sun. The already mentioned sea buckthorn decorates its branches with orange bunches of berries. Looks advantageous in the autumn garden of the tree, bringing out bright white balls of fruit against the background of pink or purple foliage to the rays of the autumn sun.
Until late autumn, bright berries of hawthorn, wild rose, viburnum and mountain ash flaunt on the branches. Barberry is also good, whose magnificently shaped red berries, collected in openwork brushes, can decorate any front garden. Barberry Thunberg has the fame of a plant that, due to the crimson color of its leaves, is capable of imparting texture to shrub plantations.
Low-growing forms of barberry are often planted on alpine hills. Here you can find blooming heathers and ericas, which are unusually diverse and very widespread in the West, plants, which have not yet gained a worthy popularity in our gardens, until the very cold weather. Cute, varied colors of heather inflorescences easily tolerate the first frosts and retain their decorative effect until the snow cover falls.
The cultivation of these plants will become much easier if, when planting them on the site, you bring from the neighboring forest a leaf litter with mycorrhiza in it - a necessary component of the successful growth of all representatives of the Heathers.
In rockeries and on the lawns of the autumn garden, crocuses or colchicums are often found, resembling crocuses in their appearance. Colchicum delights the eye with the richness of pink and lilac shades of their fairly large flowers. The absence of foliage, which dies off in summer, in mid-July, leaves these plants completely defenseless against autumn showers. To save the delicate petals of croplands from heavy raindrops, you should arrange them with sheds or transplant them under the canopy of the branches of garden shrubs. In addition, you need to remember that the crocus is poisonous, and wash your hands thoroughly after "talking" with the handsome man.
If it seems to you that the autumn plot is not decorative enough, remember that there is an excellent garden technique that solves many problems - container gardening. Asters and chrysanthemums, variegated coleuses and all the same heathers look great in pots, exposed both in the green thicket of the lawn that has grown over the summer, and along the garden paths. With the onset of a frank cold, containers can be collected and kept for some time on the windowsills in the house, and, looking at the snow that has fallen outside the window, remember the beauty of the past autumn, and also think that any winter is just the eve of a new summer …
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