Planting tropical garden
Tropical garden ideas – 10 tips to turn your garden into an oasis
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Tropical garden ideas provide an easy way to give your garden an exotic look by blending hot, clashing colors with dramatic architectural foliage. Gardens can start to look ragged by the end of July as many perennials begin to fade. A simple way to inject life into your garden borders is to go tropical.
Buying garden-ready plants will give your garden an exotic vibe for the rest of summer. It’s an easy way to boost color and give your outdoor garden ideas another peak of interest that will last until the first frosts.
Tropical garden ideas – introduce the best plants and features
At this time of year most gardens are looking a little tired after their high-summer peak, but not those containing dramatic foliage plants, spiky specimens and vibrant flowering beauties from warmer climes. Mediterranean garden ideas really only start to get going in late summer and tend to hit their stride in mid-fall, long after plants associated with traditional displays have thrown in the towel.
These days, a tropical garden is a popular choice but it wasn’t always this way. Until the late 1980s few people grew exotics; that all changed with the publication of Exotic Gardening in Cool Climates, a book by London-based garden designer Myles Challis. It sparked an interest in tropical plants and led many to give their outdoor spaces a jungle makeover.
1. Source tropical plants
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For an exotic look, don’t feel restricted in your plant choice. Simply look for plants that have characteristics of the tropics. It’s all about using dramatic, architectural foliage and showy flowers in hot, clashing colors. Some of the best tropical plants include; canna, phormium tenax, musa basjoo, black bamboo and tree fern.
2. Add vibrancy and height to garden borders
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When it comes to garden border ideas, aim for a mix of heights with tall, towering plants like bamboo and bananas providing a protective canopy for lower growing plants such as ferns and hostas. Dense planting will help create the feeling of a jungle. Planting flowers such as cannas, crocosmia and dahlias will give your border vibrancy. Dahlias will put on a dazzling display well into fall.
3. Take care of your tropical garden in the winter
Cannas provide architectural interest in summer borders
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Many of the exotic style plants will need some protection over winter, but tender plants such as cannas, bananas and ginger lily should survive in milder areas if you mulch over the rhizomes or crown of the plant over winter. In colder regions, it’s best to lift the tubers and rhizomes.
4. Choose hardy tropical plants
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The alternative is to choose hardier plants that have a tropical look, such as fatsia japonica. Next year, you can build on your border by planting bulbs such as eucomis or crocosmia and sowing seeds of annual plants such as ricinus communis.
5. Create a hypnotic water feature
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One of the best things you can do to help wildlife is to build a small garden pond or water feature, providing drinking water for birds and small animals, and a breeding ground and habitat for insects and amphibians. Site it somewhere sunny or in partial shade, and aim for one that’s at least 90cm deep on the centre for creates to shelter over the winter, with shallow sides to allow easy access for frogs and newts.
Keep the water healthy with a mix of submerged oxygenator plants to encourage as much wildlife as possible.
6. Think about positioning
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Tropical plants are best grouped together and placed in a sheltered spot out of strong winds, which may cause large leaves to shred. This is a particular problem with banana plants. Grouping them together will also create a microclimate, increasing humidity levels. Many of these plants prefer indirect light so leaves and flowers do not scorch.
7. Plant a tropical container garden
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Tropical plants are native to regions surrounding the Equator, and have growing requirements specific to their location. Many of them need warm, humid conditions, but they will grow in the US and UK with the correct care. Setting tropical plants in an attractive container garden allows you to display them outdoors in the summer. When choosing plants for a mixed container display, be sure they all have the same watering and compost requirements. This will ensure that the whole display thrives.
If your budget can only stretch to a couple of tropical plants, group them with hot looking colorful native and Mediterranean plants to maintain the look. Pelargonium roses and agapanthus all work well. So grab an empty container and get scouting the garden centre – you’ll soon be enjoying a taste of the tropics in your own backyard.
8. Invest in a picture-perfect pergola
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If you want to go to town in a tropical garden, create somewhere to sit and soak up the atmosphere. A pergola dripping with vines, raised decking enclosed with rope balustrades or a patio edged with rendered walls makes the perfect platform for arranging furniture.
‘Cantilevering a pergola over an outdoor kitchen looks lovely – and with supports only on one side – allows for freer movement around and underneath it,’ says Kate Gould. This creates more space for a variety of patio furniture ideas under your pergola.
9. Plant vertically in a tropical garden
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Use garden fence ideas, walls and other upright surfaces to support a vertical garden of vibrant climbers that possess an exotic air, such as trumpet vines (campsis), passion flowers and star jasmine (trachelospermum).
Underplant taller specimens with spiky yuccas, fascicularia and puya, along with perennials such as acanthus, farfugium and silver spear (astelia chathamica), which forms 4ft (1.2m) tall clumps of sword-like, metallic leaves. Inject color with pineapple lilies, red-hot pokers and dahlias.
10. Create a tropical garden in a small space
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You don’t need a huge garden to create an impactful tropical look – big leaves have greater impact in neat courtyard gardens. Cordyline and ferns are fine in containers. Passiflora – passion flower – will romp about with its roots growing in very little space.
How can I make my garden look tropical?
Create a tropical garden with hardy palms, cordylines, bamboos and evergreen trees and shrubs with big leaves, such as loquat and euphorbia mellifera. Enhance the display with other leafy plants, like hardy bananas, melianthus major and the foxglove tree, whose leaves can measure up to 3ft (90cm) across when branches are chopped back hard.
Of course, it’s not just about plants. No tropical garden would be complete without a water feature. A pond, rill, wall-mounted water spout or similar type of feature will add sound, movement and character to the space.
What grows in a tropical garden?
Create a bold look in your back garden with exotic evergreens that provide low-effort drama and bold interest all year round. Here are some the best plants for a tropical garden.
With the classic exotic loo, the chusan palm is hardy in US winter, even in show. It provides height, drama and shade. It’s slow-growing but reacher 15m eventually.
This is like a large fern on a stem, with huge lacy leaves. Grow it in shade. It’s semi-evergreen but will need protection from frost.
They ramp up the tropical vibe in your space, with colorful foliage and flowers in hot reds and oranges. With strong vertical accents, they’ll flower all summer, but need winter protection.
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10 Tropical Garden Ideas for a Resort-Like Landscape
Ideas for creating a tropical garden that evokes the beauty and serenity of far-off destinations By Justine Guidry Published 8/26/2022
Dreaming of tropical gardens evokes thoughts of vibrant flowers and large foliage in colors ranging from vibrant lime green to deep forest green—and gardeners who don’t live in warm, humid climates often assume that this type of look is out of reach for them. The good news is that even if your climate doesn’t allow you to grow every plant you’d seen in Hawaii, for example, you can still get a tropical garden aesthetic in your own backyard.
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1. Choose Tropical Garden Plants:
So, what type of plants are in a tropical garden? Rather than limiting yourself to plants typically found in hot locations, focus on plants with the visual qualities of tropical plants. When used in the right combinations, you’d be surprised at how some plants that are hardy down to even Zone 4 (hello, hostas!) can contribute to creating a resort-style look.
With the right combination of plants, you can give any garden—anywhere—a tropical feel. At this garden in Portland, OR, (Zone 8b) Lauren Hall-Behrens created a calm retreat with a tropical feel using plants such as hardy Musa basjoo (Japanese banana), and sweeps of Hakonechloa macra ‘All Gold’. See more of this garden here.
Here are some characteristics to keep an eye out for:
- Large leaves
- Vibrant blooms
- Colorful foliage
When choosing spots for each of your plants, make sure to put plants with similar water, sun, and soil needs together. See specific plant suggestions here.
2. Make the Most of Your Space:
Limited on outdoor space? That’s okay—you can still get a tropical vibe in a small garden! Even a few coordinating containers can create an eye-catching vignette. Consider creating a combination of multiple plants in a larger container first. Then, feature some of the plants you used in that container on their own in smaller containers. Place those around the larger display to create cohesion.
This vivid container is a self-watering AquaPot that includes: Toucan® Yellow canna lily, Superbells® Yellow calibrachoa, Supertunia Mini Vista® Hot Pink petunia, and Supertunia® Lovie Dovie™ petunia (get the container recipe). Photo by Proven Winners.
If you either don’t have the room or you’re just looking to dabble in tropical design, try your hand at planting just one large container with the right combination of big foliage and vibrant colors. Bonus: you can overwinter the container to make it last longer. Get ideas for more tropical container combinations.
Love containers but not a fan of having to remember to water them? Try AquaPots!
3. Transform a Corner:
Whether you have a corner of your garden or patio that needs an update or you just want to freshen up your backyard, a tropical makeover is a great solution. Use containers to add plants that fit in with the scene, and don’t forget to include a piece of outdoor furniture to provide a spot to lounge and enjoy the scenery.
Large-leafed plants against the house and a variety of leafy plants with vibrant foliage in AquaPot containers make this corner feel like a mini retreat. Photo by Proven Winners.
4. Give Your Pool Area a Resort-Like Feel:
If you have a pool, including tropical plants in and around your pool area can completely alter the appearance and feeling of the space. Swimming or lounging in the water and looking out to see lush greenery and bright blooms can make it feel like you’re on a getaway at a resort. Having planter beds that surround your pool area is not required, either. Grouping pots around your pool deck is a simple solution if you don’t have in-ground planting area. Choose plants in varying heights and colors for the best effect and to create a secluded feeling.
See how this pool got a lush, tropical makeover. Photo: Lewis Aqüi.
5. Be Strategic About Colors & Patterns:
Sometimes all it takes is a few elements in the right color or pattern to pull everything together. On a patio, for example, the right outdoor pillows next to a container garden with just a subtle tropical vibe does the trick. An outdoor blanket, lounge chair, or cushions in vibrant colors or appropriate patterns are other items that work to liven things up.
Colors typically used for tropical gardens:
- Vibrant lime green
Tip: Don’t overdo the tropical patterns. Just a few splashes of it here and there will suffice!
The green pitcher and glasses, pillows with a palm leaf pattern, and Graceful Grasses® Prince Tut™ jutting from the center of the green ceramic pot all work together to create a tropical look on this patio. In addition to the grasses, the container includes Goldilocks Rocks® bidens, Superbells® Coralina calibrachoa, and Supertunia® Royal Velvet® (get the container recipe). Photo by Proven Winners.
6. Dote on the Details:
Teak, rattan, and wicker are furniture materials that contribute nicely to a tropical scheme. So does soft lighting via lanterns or uplighting on focal-point plants. Thoughtfully considering how the features of each new piece works together with your existing space makes a huge impact.
Teak furniture and romantic lighting make this dreamy spot reminiscent of an exotic retreat. A container combination completes the scene with Proven Accents® Sweet Caroline Bewitched After Midnight™ sweet potato and vibrant red Supertunia® Black Cherry® petunias. Photo by Proven Winners.
7. Repeat Plants to Attract Attention:
Group plants of the same species together to create a large mass of stunning foliage or eye-catching blooms (or both!). Using this technique with tropical plants is a surefire way to create visual interest.
This square planting bed includes masses of three plants: bright-green Lemon Coral® sedum, deep burgundy ColorBlaze® Wicked Witch™ coleus, and prolifically blooming SunPatiens® Compact Orange impatiens. At center, a majesty palm stands tall. Get the landscape recipe. Photo by Proven Winners.
8. Use a Backdrop for Visual & Physical Support:
A small backdrop such as a wooden fence or wrought-iron trellis provides a spot for plants to lean on, and it also contributes to the scene by introducing a new material. Have a garden bed that feels incomplete? Add a backdrop and plant a tropical flower garden in front of it.
Here, three plants shine in front of a small wooden fence. From front: Supertunia® Royal Velvet® petunia, Golden Butterfly® Argyranthemum, and Toucan® scarlet canna. Get the landscape recipe. Photo by Proven Winners.
9. Add Whimsical Elements:
Find garden art in the form of fountains, statues, containers, and more, that fit into your tropical theme. For tropical gardens, gardeners use everything from vintage boats as planters, to seashells interspersed with decorative rock, to metal sea turtles as wall décor.
This Easter Island statue that also serves as a planter for string of beans fits in perfectly with waxy red anthurium blooms. Photo by Joshua Reddekopp on Unsplash.
10. Incorporate a Water Feature:
The finishing touch for every tropical escape? Water. Adding a water feature to a tropical garden is a must. And it doesn’t have to be huge! Even just the sound of water from a small electric fountain can make a big difference. The trickle of water adds tranquility and contributes to the overall theme of the space.
Surrounded by a variety of palm and banana species, this large water feature transforms this conservatory into an exotic escape. Tatiana Rodriguez on Unsplash.
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Planting and caring for cannes, a tropical flower in our climate
Cannes are tropical flower plants native to South America, which have recently begun to appear in our gardens. Landing Cannes is not difficult. And in the care of this plant is unpretentious. But a lot depends on your weather conditions.
Canna is a heat-loving herbaceous perennial that attracts attention with a beautiful unusual appearance: huge wide spreading leaves shoot tall flower arrows with original bright flowers from their depths. The whole plant occupies a large area, but it does not require any kind of support or garter at all. Cannes height varies from 90 cm to one and a half meters. In our climate, canna flowers from late spring to early October. Plant care is quite simple. Although there are certain features in the cultivation of cannes, of course.
I must say that if you become the owner of an exotic canna, then you can grow it not only for the garden, but also as an indoor flower.
Planting and caring for cannes, a tropical flower in our climate
Preparation and planting
Cannes rhizomes are divided into segments and begin to germinate at home. Each segment should have the beginning of one leaf. nine0003
If there are no leaves on the root yet, then put it in the light and wait for the shoots to appear.
Keep the temperature at least +16°C.
Soil: peat + coarse sand (can be replaced with vermiculite or perlite) + rotten leaves + humus. All are taken in equal amounts.
Before planting, treat each part with a solution of Phytosporin or pink potassium permanganate.
After making a hole, place the canna in the pot (you can use a temporary juice box). Then cover with soil, compact the soil and water. Make sure the container has drainage holes. nine0003
Planting in the garden and care
Plant in the garden in a sunny place, away from drafts, after June 10, when the threat of returning frosts has passed. Canna does not tolerate even a minimal drop in temperature.
Make the distance between plantings at least 50-60 cm.
Under one plant, dig a hole 25-30 cm deep and wide. Fill the bottom with 5-8 cm of coarse sand, then rotted manure, then garden soil and plant the plant. You can add a granular fertilizer for flowering plants to the garden soil layer. nine0003
Cannes will grow and thrive in moist, humus rich, nutritious, well loosened and drained soil. Therefore, watering should be regular, and the soil under the plant can be mulched to reduce moisture evaporation.
Cannes are fed once every two weeks with a liquid complete complex fertilizer with a high content of phosphorus and potassium. At the beginning of the growing season, you can add nitrogen, but with caution.
The first canna flower stalks are best removed so that a strong root system develops first. In the process of growth, cannes are regularly watered (at least 2 times a week) and cut off dry flowers, weed and loosen the ground around them. nine0003
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Before the onset of cold weather, without waiting for frost, cannes prepare for wintering. Their upper part is cut off at a height of 15 cm. The signal that it is time to cut the cannes will be yellowing and wilting of the leaves. Then the flowers are dug up, cleaned of the earth and left in a cool and dry room for 2 days. After that, all wilted leaves are finally cut off and the rhizomes are placed in wet peat, sawdust or dry vermiculite. Store in a dark room at t=not lower than +10°C. nine0003
Cannes in garden design
Beautiful compositions with cannes play a central role. And they are also great as a “backdrop”, if, for example, you are tired of dahlias. Canna, planted in a separate container, can close the voids in the flower garden that form after the flowering of spring bulbs. The flowerbed in this case will only win!
In container gardening, cannes take pride of place.
If you decide to grow canna as a houseplant, then take it home from the garden sometime in late summer. On a bright windowsill, beautiful flowers and decorative leaves will decorate your home for a long time to come. Then reduce watering, cut the leaves at a height of 10-15 cm and let the flower rest for a couple of months, transferring it to a cooler room where the temperature will be at least + 10 ° C. nine0003
She looks like an exotic beauty in the garden. And planting a canna in the foreground gives the entire site an extraordinary chic.
Sun-loving garden plants: perennial and annual flowers, shrubs and trees
The sun is essential for plant life. But the rule “the more the better” does not always work. A site that is completely open to the sun's rays has a number of disadvantages. Mastering it is not so easy. Not all plants are suitable for this location. Let's figure out what moments it is important not to miss when planting flowers and shrubs in the sun, and what types to choose for an open space. nine0003
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Advantages and disadvantages of a sunny site
The main advantages of a place exposed to the sun is good warming, due to which quite heat-loving plants can grow here. A large amount of sunlight creates good conditions for plant nutrition and is suitable for many flowering species. The sun's rays dry the soil and leaves well, acting as a natural disinfectant. Due to this, there is a much lower chance of developing putrefactive processes and fungal diseases than in damp shady areas. This creates favorable conditions for the good development of many species, but also turns into a number of problems that will require attention. nine0003
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Things to consider when planting plants in the sun
1. Intense heating leads to overdrying of the soil and burns. Not all plants can endure a dry and hot microclimate. They tolerate such conditions well even without additional measures:
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- Succulents store moisture in thick fleshy leaves and stems.
- Plants with pubescent leaves - this surface reduces moisture loss. Plant a cleaner (Stachys), a sapling (Cerastium), anafalis (Anaphalis).
- Species with silvery and dove-colored leaves - it contributes to less heating. Most of them acquire this color just due to whitish pubescence. To create a silvery flower garden, wormwood is suitable: Steller (Artemisia stellerana), Schmidt (Artemisia schmidtiana) and others, seaside cineraria (Cineraria maritima), panicled gypsophila (Gypsophila paniculata), pinnate carnation (Dianthus plumarius) and other carnations. nine0088
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- Plants with thin and small leaves - they have less evaporation area. These are the majority of cereals and conifers.
- Bulb Plants - The bulb also serves as a store of moisture and nutrients.
Most of the steppe and desert plants have just such qualities, sometimes several of them at once.
To expand the range of species and make an open sunny place more comfortable, it is worth artificially adjusting the humidity balance. A well-thought-out automatic watering system will help ensure the regularity of watering. When choosing its type, keep in mind that sprinkling in an open sunny place can only be done in the early morning (before sunrise) and late evening hours. Otherwise, drops of water that will settle on the plants will cause burns. nine0003
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A pond or fountain will help increase the overall humidity of the air in an open area. When placing the pond in the sun, count on the fact that you will have to control its overgrowth - aquatic plants will develop especially intensively. Creating artificial water movement will help solve this problem. For a fountain, a sunny spot is the best position. Light and water jets will decorate the space with moving highlights, and the smallest drops will increase humidity. But when placing plants, be aware of the drift of water by the wind - arrange flower beds so that water does not moisten the leaves. nine0003
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2. In sunny areas, snow melts earlier in spring. This may seem like an advantage, but it actually poses a danger to the plants. They are exposed ahead of time and lose their snow protection at a time when the air temperature is still low and there is a threat of frost. In such places, many plants will need additional protection. However, there is a risk here too: shelters in a sunny place get very warm and the plants can dry out. In such cases, it is especially important to regulate the temperature under shelters by ventilation, that is, spring worries are added. nine0015
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3. The significant contrast between day and night temperatures also poses a threat. In a sunny place, it is especially sharp. And it's not just about early spring. In our far from southern regions, the period of cold nights lasts as early as early June and returns as early as August. Many thermophilic plants suffer from such a temperature contrast. In addition to choosing zoned varieties, placing flower beds near walls that accumulate heat and then give it away will help. Large stones will also help with this: rockery is a good choice for a sunny flower garden. nine0003
4. Due to temperature contrasts, spring protection against burns should be taken especially seriously. Conifers in open areas suffer greatly from the active sun, combined with still low temperatures.
5. Many thermophilic species are afraid of drafts. Cold winds are detrimental to them. Therefore, a sunny flower garden should be protected from the wind. This will help placing it under the cover of walls or arrays of shrubs. Protecting the entire area with hedges also helps. nine0003
Tip: To expand your planting options for a sunny flower garden, consider protecting species that like good light but suffer from overheating during the midday hours. Plant them under cover of tall sun-loving plant species - on their northern side. They will shade the neighbors during the hottest hours.
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With these risks and protective measures in place, a sunny location allows for a bright and lush flower garden with a long flowering period. Many sun-loving plants for the garden - perennial and annual flowers, shrubs and others - look very unusual and even exotic. And the range of species suitable for active sun is quite wide. To create a memorable and harmonious composition in a sunny place, you can use one of several scenarios that are different in their imagery. nine0003
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An open sunny place is necessary for growing roses. In order for plants to be healthy and bloom intensively (after all, this is why we love roses), they need enough light and good nutrition. No matter what forms and varieties we are talking about, a sunny location will be optimal. However, when creating a rose garden in our latitudes, you will have to remember all the safety measures that I have listed: winter shelter, sufficient humidity and protection from the wind. If you supplement them with the basic requirements of agricultural technology - nutritious soil, respect for planting distances and proper pruning, then the rose garden in a sunny area will be able to show all its beauty. nine0003
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KATE GARDENS 9006 2. Mediterredores the plot is a good opportunity to create a Mediterranean-style garden with bright colors and southern relaxation. Sun-loving plants typical of the Mediterranean do not hibernate here - they can be used in an annual crop. Here you have a choice of popular flowering annuals, seedlings of which you can easily find in spring in garden centers: petunia (Petunia), sutera (Sutera), ampelous lobelia (Lobelia), pelargonium (Pelargonium), balsams (Impatiens) and others. Some southern sun-loving flowers for the garden grow with us as indoor ones - you can simply take them outside for the summer (do not forget that this should be done gradually, having endured the hardening period). Azalea (Azalea), bougainvillea (Bougainvillea), begonia (Begonia) will decorate the flower garden in summer and return indoors in winter. Other species can be replaced by plants adapted to our climate, which, meanwhile, bear a completely southern imagery. To create a Mediterranean mood, use sea buckthorn (Hippophae), willow (Salix) and silver goof (Elaeagnus argentea). nine0003
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Blossoms include mallows (Alcea), daylilies (Hemerocallis), onions (Allium), verbenas (Verbena), clematis (Clematis), climbing honeysuckles (Lonicera). Sage (Salvia), hyssop (Hyssopus), veronica (Veronica), catnip (Nepeta), oregano (Origanum), Perovskia (Perowskia), lobelia - brilliant (Lobelia fulgens), sessile (Lobelia sesilifolia) and blue (Lobelia siphilitica) will complete the picture. ). They, in combination with silvery, as if dusted plants, will create a special atmosphere in the gardens of Provence. nine0003
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Perfectly fits into the Mediterranean imagery and balances the moisture of a fountain or wall cascade. For decoration and decoration in such a landscape, use terracotta, mosaics and natural stone. nine0003
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3. Exotic Garden
In a hot, sunny place, you can create a real collection of exotic plants - in an annual crop or in a pot. Canna, kniphofia, bougainvillea, fuchsia, hibiscus will add southern luxury to the landscape and become spectacular accents. Many natives of the south with a rhizome that does not winter in the ground have not been exotic for us for a long time, but they will completely complement their company: do not forget about such sun-loving flowers for the garden as gladioli (Gladiolus), dahlias (Dahlia), amaranths (Amaranthus). Supplement them with flowering annuals: already familiar begonias (Begonia) and balsams (Impatiens), petunias (Petunia), pelargoniums (Pelargonium) and others. nine0003
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4. Village or meadow flower garden
Such a flower garden is a splash of bright colors and multicolor. A sunny position will only enhance the riot of flowering. It’s good if it blooms throughout the warm season - choose plants for the flower bed that replace each other. The range of suitable species is very wide and allows you to change both the color scheme and the image of the flower garden.
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Sun-loving perennial flowers: mallows (Alcea), lupins (Lupunus), delphinium (Delphinium), foxglove (Digitalis), ornamental onions (Allium), yarrow (Achillea), barkwort (Knautia), cornflower (Centaurea), flax (Linum ), bluebell (Campanula), kosmos (Cosmos), echinacea (Echinacea), rudbeckia (Rudbeckia), gaillardia (Gaillardia), marigolds (Tagetes), nivyanik (Laucenthemum).
The names of some speak for themselves: sunflower (Helianthus), helenium (Helenium), heliopsis (Heliopsis), helianthemum (Helianthemum), helichrysum (Helichrysum) - they all have the sun in their name and prefer to grow in its rays. nine0003
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5. Grass garden
Grasses are true lovers of the sun. Only a few of them are ready to put up with penumbra. Most tolerate dryness well and are undemanding to watering. Therefore, an open sunny area is a great opportunity to create a composition of cereals. In terms of expressiveness, it is not inferior to a bright flower garden. The variety of species allows you to select a variety of color combinations. Moreover, the cereal garden retains its decorative effect all year round, decorating the site even in winter. And how beautiful are the cereals, illuminated by the morning or evening sun! Even if you are not ready to use only cereals, they will be a great addition to other sunny compositions. nine0003
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6. Arid desert composition
In an open arid place, you can create an unusual garden, as if transferred from the desert or from a rocky mountain slope. Use succulents for this. In their fleshy leaves, they are able to accumulate moisture, and therefore are completely undemanding to watering and soil. Despite the fact that many of them feel great in our latitudes and have long earned popularity, they still look exotic. nine0003
Succulents - types, names and rules of care ) have many forms. They differ in size - from miniature plants spread on the ground to large bushy specimens that can act as tapeworms. The different shape of the leaves and the shade of flowering allows you to create a wide variety of compositions from them. Thanks to their undemanding nature and shallow root system, they are suitable for rockeries, roof gardens and planters. nine0003
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Plant pines (Pinus), junipers (Juniperus), arborvitae (Thuia), larches (Larix), microbiota (Microbiota). When creating a coniferous composition in an open area, combine plants with different crown shapes: narrow verticals and tall conical varieties will become accents, plant outstretched forms in their roots, complementing the composition with spherical and ovoid plants. However, when creating a coniferous garden in the sun, remember about spring protection - these plants are especially susceptible to burns with spring temperature differences and active sun. nine0003
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It is in the sun that they fully reveal their varietal properties, while in the shade, many of them (especially yellow and variegated forms) lose their unusual pattern. There are many decorative leaf varieties both among shrubs and among herbaceous plants. A large number of decorative forms are famous for garden shrubs such as barberry (Berberis), spirea (Spiraea), white derain (Cornus alba), viburnum vesicle (Physocarpus opulifolius). Among the herbs, the multi-colored color of the leaves is distinguished by the lamb (Lamium), perilla (Perilla), hybrid coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides), loosestrife (Lysimachia punctata), tenacious (Ajuga). nine0003
The most beautiful plants for a garden with ornamental foliage - types and care - aquatic plants in this position will develop especially intensively. But it is the solar pond that is suitable for growing beautiful nymphs (Nymphaea). Due to the variety of shapes and colors, water lilies or water lilies are not in vain considered favorites among aquatic plants. In a sunny place, you can collect a whole collection of these beautiful flowers. Other flowering aquatic species will also thrive in full sun and provide a wonderful backdrop for the vibrant nymphaeum flowers. nine0003
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10. Aromatic garden
bright sun-ideal condition for Creation. . Many aromatic plants are native to the southern regions and require an open location. Here their growth is especially intense, and the aroma is revealed to the maximum. Most of the spice plants are grown as an annual crop and a significant part of them are used as food. An excellent solution for them would be a container garden or mobile flower beds near the summer dining or recreation area. Plant lavender (Lavandula), sage (Salvia), thyme (Thymus), hyssop (Hyssopus), basil (Ocimum), coriander (Coriandrum) and others for decoration and fragrance. nine0003
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YOUR TURN… Do you use them to create southern compositions or do you leave them for growing vegetables? Show us sun-loving plants - flowers and shrubs, - growing in your garden. Post your photos in the comments section.