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Video: Beautiful Ornamental Shrubs In My Garden
2023 Author: Sebastian Paterson | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-07-30 21:03
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Guests often come to our site near Kolpino. They say they are amazed at how we grow watermelons and melons outdoors, our crops of tomatoes and peppers and other vegetables. And, of course, an abundance of flowers and ornamental plants that grow around the house and on separate flower beds in various compositions.
But until 2007, we were engaged on our site mainly with garden plants, greenhouses, fruit trees, berry bushes, strawberries. Then work began on the development of a new, neighboring site.
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Of course, experience had already been accumulated, especially great skills were in working with the land. On the first site, a solid layer of high-quality soil has already been created, on which all vegetables and fruit plants grew well.
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It was agreed with my husband that only decorative trees, shrubs and flowers would grow in the new place. We were lucky that earlier we had to look for certain plants, and by the time we started working on a new site, there was such an abundance in the market of seeds and seedlings that, as they say, our eyes were wide open.
And when visiting garden centers, shops selling plants, looking through catalogs of various companies, where decorative shrubs covered with spectacular flowers were depicted, I wanted to buy this, and this … It was difficult to resist the range of offered plants. And before I bought a lot, literally on the principle: I just like it, I want it!
And now I am grateful to my husband, who constantly cooled my attempts to buy everything with compelling arguments that one should not buy a plant if a place for planting is not prepared for him. And if now the number of ornamental plants, perennial and annual flowers on the site, perhaps, has already exceeded a hundred, then what would have happened if my husband had not restrained my collection impulses.
The first ornamental shrubs that settled in our garden were Potentilla shrubs or Kuril tea: at the AgroRus exhibition I purchased bushes with golden yellow and white flowers from private sellers.
All other Potentilla: with pink, pinkish-white, orange and other flowers, I bought only in nurseries and only with a closed root system (in containers). After planting, the seedlings took root well.
Now these small once bushes have already grown and are impressive in size. I really love this cinquefoil, because it blooms from June until frost, and the bushes covered with colorful flowers are very decorative. For all the time of cultivation, only the Red Ace variety with red flowers did not survive the second winter. The rest of the varieties grow well and delight us. Cinquefoil looks very good in a group, in compositions with perennials, so I advise novice gardeners to plant this amazingly beautiful plant in their areas.
My second purchase is a horizontal cotoneaster with very beautiful foliage. It is especially good in autumn, when the leaves turn purple and small, bright red spherical fruits ripen. I planted the cotoneaster in a sheltered, bright place in fertile soil with good drainage. In the winter of 2005-2006, he froze slightly, although I covered him. But then he recovered. I looked after him, and the bush grew, prettier and made us happy.
Diseases and pests did not overcome him. However, after the winter of 2011-2012, he did not show any signs of life in the spring. Maybe there was not enough snow cover, and the sharp drop in temperature became disastrous for him. Maybe the reason lies in the fact that I was late with his shelter before winter. This plant is thermophilic; in our area it hibernates only under cover. If you are going to buy a horizontal cotoneaster, think about whether you can provide him with care and attention. If the answer is yes, then start it on the site.
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Many varieties of this shrub are now on sale. In the pictures offered together with the seedling, you will see it in dazzling bloom. I bought Middendorf's Weigela and Blossoming Weigela. Weigela is a large, spreading shrub.
To show it in all its glory, it is necessary to create sufficient living space for it. The bushes are very decorative thanks to their bright foliage. Weigela blooms from May to mid-June with beautiful, bright tubular flowers, similar to bells. Sometimes it blooms with us in August.
Weigela Middendorf, with pale yellow bell-shaped flowers, is considered the most resistant of all weigela. But I did not admire this view for long. One of the winters she froze to death. And blooming weigela pleases our family with its dark pink flowers to this day. Maybe I chose a place for it that is more protected from the wind, there is more snow, I don’t know, but it grows well. I tie the branches of the weigela bush so that the snow does not break them with its weight. I bend the bushes to the ground, but do not cover them. All these operations are necessary for a safe overwintering and its further lush flowering, since flower buds are laid on the shoots of the previous year.
Weigel does not require special care. I do the usual feeding with full fertilizer in the spring, the second time I feed it with ash. If the weather is hot, it is advisable to water it.
It is better to plant its seedlings in spring. She also tolerated the transplant to a new place well. In the spring, I remove only damaged shoots on the plant after wintering. After the end of flowering, I slightly shorten the stems and remove the faded flowers. Young bushes must be shaped to give the bush a more compact shape.
In my area, I planted two bushes of this plant of different varieties. The place for them was sunny, protected from the wind. I suffered with them for several years, sheltering them for the winter.
The bushes grew greatly, but they could not get abundant flowering, as in the pictures in the magazines. Only individual branches bloomed. After the end of flowering, this shrub did not represent any decorative interest. Therefore, Forsythia left my site.
Bushes of this plant of many varieties are now sold. I have a rough action on my site and a variety of this plant Pink Pompon. These sissies also need to find a good place so that they do not suffer from piercing winds, and in the winter around them in as much snow as possible.
Abundant flowering of rough action happened on our site only in the fourth year of her life. The whole bush bloomed in June with small white flowers. The sight was amazing. Deytion variety Pink Pompon constantly freezes and gives out bright pink flowers only on individual branches. The thing is that the action is not too hardy. In the winter of last year, both plants froze, and maybe dried up. I had to cut out all the shoots, over the summer they grew again, but last summer the bushes did not bloom. I was advised to tie the bushes for the winter and cover them on top with a white synthetic sugar bag. I will conduct this experiment in the next winter.
It is not difficult to grow action, but it requires annual pruning. This shrub grows very quickly, the foliage on the bushes keeps for a long time in the fall on the branches. During the flowering period, it is beautiful. I think it is the most beautiful shrub, although I have to tinker with it a little.
It has many advantages: it is not demanding on the soil, it takes root well, it grows normally both in the sun and in partial shade. It is beautiful in a single planting and in a group, for action you can always find a worthy place where it will shine.
Spireas and barberries
There are many varieties of spirits and barberries growing on our site. I am very pleased with these shrubs, as a rule, there are no problems with them. The only problem is only with the spirea of the Japanese variety Shirobaka - it freezes over, but then quickly recovers and blooms in the same year, moreover, its flowers are amazing - from white to pink and pink-red.
With bladders, derens, chubushniks, too, everything is going well on our site: their decoration pleases, I admire them, I love all these beautiful plants and value them. And the aromas that are carried around the site during their flowering simply cannot be conveyed.
Last season, the hawthorn of the Rubra Plena variety, which, I think, is rightfully a representative of the Rosaceae family, surprisingly bloomed for everyone. True, it grew slowly with us, but, finally, we waited for its abundant flowering. How good were his densely double, bright red inflorescences. When he was in a floral dress, he looked for, caught and stopped the eyes of everyone who happened to be nearby. He seemed to want everyone to admire and enjoy his beauty.
In recent years, many different ornamental shrubs have been planted, grown and nurtured on the site. She told only about the most beloved, it is simply impossible to describe everything. But we love all these wonderful plants, and they all respond to us with their love, giving beauty and delicious aromas.
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