Many modern summer residents, seeking to decorate their sites in an original way, choose annual and perennial low-growing flowers for flower beds, blooming all summer or most of it. If you are one of these people and want to create your own inimitable flower garden - a masterpiece, read the descriptions and photos of the most interesting, popular types of low plants. Understand the criteria for their selection, methods of planting, see the design options impressively beautiful flower beds.Flowerbed of constant flowering
Types and varieties of low-growing plants, blooming all summer
Consider stunted plants with a stem height of up to 30 cm. The lovely flower beds are made up of one type of such flowers, and using several species. In the summer, multi-tiered compositions bordered with miniature flowering specimens and borders edged with compact bushes look great. A lot of perennial varieties are long-flowering, more of them are among annuals.The flowering border is gorgeous
Annuals or Perennials - Selection Criteria
Many gardeners consider the annual low flowers for flower beds to be the best option for decorating their plots:
- Quickly (during the disembarking season) they allow to improve the territory by drawing up a wonderful composition.
- They have an incredible number of varieties, which makes it possible to pick up specimens for any zones on the site: sunny and shady, arid and overmoistened, with fertile soil and poor.
- Do not need special care, dressing, frequent watering in the summer.
- Give space to creative nature for fascinating experiments with the annual renewal of garden design.
- Allow the correction of errors in the selection of varieties, colors in the next season.
- Suitable for growing novice growers, because most of them are unpretentious.
Fans of perennials refer to the unjustified loss of time, money, effort in the annual selection of plants for flower beds, troubles with seedlings or sowing seeds in the ground. Of course, perennial low-growing flowers for flowerbeds, blooming all summer, make it possible to avoid these worries for several years. But gradually they lose their decorative effect, and once in 5-7 years they have to be updated, while spending more effort than landing annuals.
Perennials allow you to create flower beds that have a special charm, but they are not happy with such brightness and diversity as annuals. It is also arguable that weeds cannot grow under the perennial plant mats. Yes, under thick clumps the germination of weed seeds, the development of sprouting weeds is suppressed. But if they managed to get through to the sun, to destroy them is much more difficult than in the plantings of annuals.
Prefer annual or perennial flowers, and perhaps their combination - your choice. In any case, it will be useful to get acquainted with some of their species.
The most popular unpretentious annuals
Purslane - one of the most beautiful annual short-growing flowers for the flowerbeds is known to many simply as a “rug”. In fact, its creeping juicy shoots with peculiar leaves, similar to fleshy needles, form a solid carpet, covering the ground. Numerous flowers of various tones can be simple and double, depending on the variety. The most popular are terry species, which dissolve the buds in early summer and decorative until autumn frosts:
The purslane is unpretentious, it easily takes root on sandy, stony soil, does not need additional dressing, frequent watering. But the sun is necessary for him: in the shade the shoots are stretched, thinned, the flower loses its attractiveness. And the buds of most varieties of portulaca are revealed only in bright light, which is why, even when planted in a sunny place, on an inclement day is not so picturesque. However, there are varieties with flowers that are not closed and in cloudy weather:
And if you have conceived to use one-year, undersized white flowers for flower making, it is difficult to find something more suitable than the purslane variety with the telling name Belotsvetkovy.This purslane should be called Snow White
Tagetes (marigolds) - an exceptionally unpretentious low-growing flower, which a child can grow. The marigolds do not require specific soil, regular watering. But for all their non-capriciousness, they demonstrate excellent decorative qualities, which is rarely seen. From the first days of summer to autumn frosts, they are pleased with bright flowers of various colors of warm tones, which makes the flowerbed “sunny” even in bad weather.
Compact bushes differ two types of marigolds: rejected and thin-leaved. Both groups are incredibly cute and attractive.Short Tagetes in the design of the curb Marigold rejected Thin leaf marigold
Examples of other long-flowering annuals
Petunia - quite capricious in growing favorite landscape designers and gardeners has many varieties, differing in various shapes and colors. There are luxurious large-flowered and modest, but abundantly blooming species of petunias. It is worth noting that the latter suffer less from rains, destructive for terry specimens. But you can find and terry petunias, not afraid of rain (Butterfly F1, for example), which will become the favorites of the garden.F1 butterfly - tenderness itself
Lobelia - these are purple, white, and more often blue undersized flowers are quite suitable for a flower bed, which comes to life at the beginning of summer and fades only by October. Spherical miniature (10-20 cm) lobelia bushes love sunny places with loose, but not very fertile soil like loams. In the care is important timely watering, especially during the hot season; the ground under the lobelia should be constantly wet.Lobelia, Blue variety
Calceolaria - an unusual undersized plant that will adorn a flower bed in a shaded place. Calceolaria is not just shade-tolerant - direct solar lighting is generally contraindicated to it. This exotic loves high soil moisture, but it should be watered with caution: when water gets on velvety leaves, they significantly lose their decorative effect.Exotic Calceolaria
Iberis grows equally well in the sun and in a shady place, the soil loves light, breathable. It has small fragrant white-inflorescences often, but there are varieties with pink, carmine, purple color. Flowering lasts two months, starting in May. Perfectly combined in the combined flower beds. For example, the neighborhood of white iberis and small red flowers of carnation for a flower bed is a very advantageous variant.Delicious snow-white iberis
Carnation one-year (Chinese). The charming neighbor of the Iberis can please not only red, but also pink, white, purple flowers with a pleasant aroma. Loves the sun, frost resistant. Being by nature a perennial, sometimes she can spend the winter.Chinese Carnation Scarlett
Beautiful perennials - charming persistence
If one day successfully pick up perennial types of undersized long-blooming flowers for a flower bed, you can get rid of spring troubles for its accomplishment for a number of years and enjoy the beauty on your site from the first days of summer. Various carnations, viable asters, saxifrage and other beautiful representatives of the flora are popular. It is worth paying attention to at least a few favorites among them.Beautiful flower gardens - a business card site
Alpine aster - herbaceous plant with a height of 10-30 cm. The best place for it is delicate penumbra, well-drained soil. Flowering can last up to three months, the longest it is in Rosea.Astra Alpine Rosea
Carnation grass - unpretentious undersized perennial, dark greens of which are covered with purple or pink small flowers during the summer months and a half. Along with perennial arabis, pyrethrum, primroses can act as beautiful curb flowers for edging flower beds or paths.Carnation grass as a border
Ever-flowering begonia is rightfully leading among flowers for flowerbeds that bloom all summer long. Begonia plantations blaze with various elegant inflorescences from May-June to late autumn. May bloom almost year-round, if the winter to transfer to a warm room. Not only flowers are exceptionally decorative, but also begonia leaves, pleasing the eye with shape and color.Terry ever flowering begonia
According to the color of the leaves distinguish green-leaved, bronze-leaved hybrids. The height of stunted bushes, as a rule, is in the range of 15-30 cm. Begonia is not indifferent to the growing conditions. The soil for the flower bed should be rich in humus, with a slightly acidic reaction, moisture-consuming, but not over-wetted - an excess of moisture in the summer causes rotting of the roots.
About 600 hybrids of ever flowering begonia are known. Among them are medium-sized (up to 25 cm) series of varieties:
- The ambassador;
- Bada bing, bada boom;
- Ray of light
Groundcovers applicants for a place in the flower garden
Among the undersized perennials are many ground cover or carpet flowers for the beds of continuous flowering. It is useful to meet several representatives of this group.
Aloe phlox. Extremely unpretentious, forms clumps up to 10 cm high. He loves the sun and dry land, is afraid of stagnant water. Already from the beginning of May for two months it is covered with inflorescences of red, white, pink, lilac shades. The second wave of flowering occurs in September.Aloe phlox
Sedum (Sedum) Among the five hundred varieties you can pick up sun-loving (most of them) and shade-loving specimens. Sill does not need watering, fertilizing, winters without shelter - is it a find for summer residents of time-limited? Moreover, there are so many varieties of sedum that only one of them can make a colorful colorful flowerbed.Sedum prominent
Dushenay. The rapidly growing ground cover, sun-loving, feeling great on any soil. But in order for the rug of the duchenei to be dense, the ground under the bushes must be constantly kept wet. In the summer, the original leaves and fruits of Dushenay are very decorative. However, it is worth remembering that the berries, somewhat reminiscent of strawberries, are inedible.Duchenei Indian
Aubrieta. A bright representative of the carpet, ideal for rock gardens. It can be used as a frame of beds and in independent landings. It blooms for a month and a half from May, and after pruning it can repeat this process. Overwinter with leaves that look attractive in early spring. It should be borne in mind that Obriet grows aggressively, like Dushenay - both of these species can suppress, even survive their neighbors.Aubrieta Light Blue Aubrieta Lucas
Small garden - undersized bushes on a bed
In garden design is often used not only herbaceous plants, but also beautiful trees, shrubs. If you had the idea to apply them in landscaping the site, then perennial low-growing bushes that bloom all summer long will be suitable for a bed in the form of a miniature garden. And creeping and dwarf hvoyniki, will make a graceful green note in a motley composition. Among them are the following types.Mini-garden of begonias and hvoynikov
Heather. Evergreen shrub with a low growth rate. It needs well-drained moist soil, it develops well in the sun, in partial shade. It is recommended to mulch and cover it for the winter.Heather
Gualtery is recumbent. Creeping evergreen shrub-ground cover, beautifully blooming in summer, including September. Dark green leaves are very decorative, by the winter they become bronze-red. Gualteria prefers penumbra, fertile acidic soil with good moisture capacity, does not tolerate drought.Gualtery is recumbent
Willow creeping. Attractive dwarfish slow-growing shrub with thin elastic shoots. In early May, before the foliage blooms, it is covered with silver, and in the summer - with yellow earrings. Light and moisture-loving, loves fertile sandy soils, does not tolerate heat and dry air.Willow creeping
Dammer's Cotoneaster. Dense prostrate undersized shrub. In the middle of May it is covered with numerous white flowers. Later decorative bush support multiple light red fruits. Loves the sun, partial shade, the soil is undemanding, drought-resistant.Dammer's Cotoneaster
Japanese spirea. Compact creeping bush. Numerous pinkish inflorescences formed in the middle of summer, adorn the bushes for one and a half months. Original golden yellow leaves. Spirea is undemanding to conditions, winter-hardy, sun-love.Japanese spirea
Juniper horizontal. For flower beds are good dwarf forms, for example, variety Blue Chip. It is a slow-growing conifer with a bluish color of dense, spiny needles. Light-requiring, not demanding to the soil, frost-resistant.Juniper horizontal
Planting low-growing flowers blooming all summer
If you are going to create a colorful, constantly pleasing eye corner, you should understand how to properly arrange a flower bed so that they bloom all summer and even part of autumn.Imitation creek
Principles of arrangement of beds
For a competent approach to the device and filling the future garden masterpiece, it is important not to miss such moments:
- Before you run to the store for the seeds of low-growing flowers for a flower bed, you should clearly determine the location of its possible location, examine what the lightness, shading, soil characteristics, and its humidity are. This is necessary for the correct selection of plants that will be comfortable in this place.
- Beginners should restrict themselves to two or three types of plantations; this is enough to decorate a beautiful flower bed. For his first flower bed, it is better to choose unpretentious varieties of flowers that do not need special care.
- It is important to choose for one flower bed species with similar requirements for growing conditions.
- It is advisable to use group planting of the same type of stunted plants in order to avoid random mixing of different species.
- It is necessary to responsibly treat the selection of color combinations of flowering plantations. Excessive brightness, variegation inappropriate, may indicate a bad taste. Combinations of various bright and white flowers look organic.
- For a flower arrangement to look spectacular all summer, for it you need to choose plants with different flowering periods.
- Composing flowers, you need to consider the angle of view. If the flowerbed is viewed from all sides, higher specimens should be placed in the center. If its review is possible on the one hand, the background should be a place for high specimens.
- To achieve a decent result, it is mandatory to pre-plan a flower garden with the help of a landscape designer or on your own.
Schemes continuously flowering beds
For self-planning of the flower bed, even in winter you will have to arm yourself with colored pencils and draw a detailed plan of it on paper. The sketch must indicate:
- contours and sizes of a flower bed in scale;
- location of dominant and complementary plants;
- distance between them;
- color range (if necessary, adjust it).
Perennial flower garden
Important! It is necessary to take into account that undersized perennials, expanding, will eventually occupy more space - on the plan, and later on landing, leave free space between them, temporarily filling it with annuals.
By deciding to do the planning of the flower bed yourself, you will save a considerable amount on the services of a landscape designer. However, for this you need to have a certain artistic taste and flair.
For a beginner in design questions, the task may seem complicated, but at first you can use ready-made schemes and plans found in books on gardening or suggested below. Here, for example, the scheme of filling the flowerbeds only perennials.
Below is the simplest flowerbed for beginner gardeners, where the blue delphinium (1) and the red pancake (2) are the dominant low-growing plants. When making their beds planted first. In front of them are garden geraniums (3) of purple color. They frame the flower bed with a ground cover, yellow cuff (4).Scheme for beginners
When deciding how to select perennials and annuals that bloom all summer for your flower bed, you can use the information about them outlined above, as well as examine the assortment of plants presented in the diagrams, and select samples to your taste. The most flexible option of filling is the joint planting of onions, perennials and perennials. Below you can get acquainted with several simple schemes.The scheme of mixed beds of continuous flowering Посадки в розовых тонах Клумба из однолетников
Готовые проекты - не догма, реализовать их с предельной точностью необязательно. You should not abandon the plan, if you could not buy the planting material of any plant presented in the diagram. Replace it with another with similar characteristics, color and bring the selected scheme to the ideal. And for creative inspiration, watch small videos.Plan shaded flower garden
Video: Examples of flowerbed decoration with short flowers
Video: Flowerbed decoration with marigolds
Low-growing flowers, both annual and perennial - a great choice for your site. Do not be afraid to experiment, show imagination, creativity, enthusiasm and create an interesting, original, exemplary composition that you can be proud of all summer.