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Phlox varieties Apple color
It is not an easy task to beautifully arrange a flower garden with different varieties of paniculate phlox. Let's try to solve it with the following initial data.
An area about 5 meters long and 1.5-2 meters wide is allocated for the flower garden. Simultaneous flowering is desirable in July-August. And, finally, phloxes should become the protagonists of the flower garden.
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Phlox varieties Lyubasha
When choosing varieties, we take into account the height of the bushes, the coinciding flowering dates and colors. In addition, the varieties of phlox (Phlox - from the Latin flame) should be approximately equal in terms of the strength of the impression produced.
This is not entirely obvious, at first glance, the condition actually requires special attention when selecting varieties.
Let us explain with an example. We want to plant a dense lilac and white phlox next to it. If we choose the Igor Talkov variety with large flowers and a large dense inflorescence, and plant the elegant Snow White variety next to it, then Snow White will inevitably be lost near such a spectacular neighbor.
If, instead of the Snow White variety, plant the large-flowered variety Maria, then you will get a worthy pair - the varieties do not overshadow, but emphasize the beauty of each other.
And for the airy Snow White, we will pick up another pair, for example, the Lilovaya Mantya variety or (for planting in front) the Blue Sea variety. It also turns out to be a completely harmonious combination.
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Scheme of a flower garden in which the main place is occupied by varieties of phlox paniculata
In this figure, a diagram of a flower garden is proposed, in which the main place is occupied by varieties of phlox paniculata. We place the flower garden in a well-lit place.
The main period of the spectacular decorativeness of such a flower garden is the second half of July and August, when paniculate phlox blooms. They occupy most of the flower garden in position 1 (see fig). We plant 2-3 bushes of several varieties of medium flowering in the flower garden. It is advisable to select varieties by color, thickening the color from light pink to raspberry or from lilac to purple. For example, on the left we plant the white-pink variety Vnuchka Nadenka, to the right - the light pink variety Apple Blossom, then the deep pink variety Leonid Vigdorov.
This row will complete the raspberry flowering of the Nicolas Flammel variety. If you prefer the lilac gamut, then a number of varieties may look as follows: white flowers of the Heaven variety with blue buds, lilac flowers of the Lyubasha variety with a white center, rich lilac with a white star variety Marble and dark purple variety Magic.
June flowering in this flower garden is provided by delphiniums (Delphínium), located in positions 2 (see fig). When the delphiniums fade, their bushes that have lost their decorative effect will hide the growing phloxes and plants of the foreground of the flower garden.
The foreground of the flower garden can be occupied by plants with rounded bushes and small, but abundant flowers, then you get something like a lace cuff. This role is successfully performed by groups of small basil in position 3 and blood-red geraniums with crimson (position 4) and white (position 5) flowers (see Fig.). Geranium grows quickly, so you can plant 3-4 plants in each position, and the basil will need three copies in each group. Free space in the foreground of the flower garden can be occupied for one season with annual plants that match the color, for example, petunias.
Small basil (Thalictrum minor) is undeservedly rarely used in flower beds. Meanwhile, this is a very graceful plant with delicate, finely dissected foliage and a rounded bush, not exceeding 30 cm in diameter. Clouds of small greenish flowers make the basil even more airy.
The small basil is unpretentious, but it must be borne in mind that only young plants tolerate the transplant well, and therefore you need to immediately choose a permanent place for it in the garden. Blood-red geranium also does not like transplants. Both plants reproduce well by seed, but blood red geranium varieties require vegetative propagation.
Phlox grade Marble
The maintenance of this flower garden is highly dependent on the initial preparation of the soil. If it is well filled with organic fertilizers, ash and is able to retain moisture, then the amount of fertilizing and watering will be much less.
You will need 2-3 feeding for phlox and delphiniums, and geraniums and basilists will not give you much trouble. The flower garden will require reconstruction in about five years (on sandy soils earlier than on clay soils).
Then it will be necessary to divide the aged bushes of phlox and delphiniums and replant the young parts of the plants. In wet and cool weather, the risk of powdery mildew increases, in this case, prophylactic spraying of delphiniums and phloxes with Fitosporin should be carried out, preferably twice with an interval of two weeks.