- Options for hedge base
- Plant Selection Tips
- Design solutions for a flowering hedge
- Secrets for caring for flowering plants
We spend quite a lot of time in summer cottages, so their arrangement plays an important role. High fences can protect us from prying eyes, but we want something more original. A flowering hedge is the perfect design solution for a low investment. Moreover, you can create it yourself..
Options for hedge base
A well-maintained living fence can emphasize the beauty of your site, smooth out some defects, protect from wind, dust and prying eyes. But, in spite of all its merits, the flowering hedge managed to push the living green fence out of the leading position and confidently take its place.
A blooming hedge can attract with its beauty not only people, but also fluttering butterflies and moths, singing birds and colorful insects, and its amazing aroma can turn the head of any passer-by.
As a basis for a flowering hedge, you can use a mesh netting, a wooden or metal frame. In order for a plant to develop well, it needs a solid and reliable support. Also, as a basis for a flowering hedge, you can use evergreen or ornamental shrubs, which will act as spectacular tapeworms and serve as a background for variegated floral arrangements. This is a kind of core of the future composition, which will finally determine the height of your hedge..
I would like to draw your attention to jasmine, beloved by many gardeners. Its bloom is simply irresistible. Shrubs with an architectural form of the crown (“Virgin”, “Pyramidal”) are especially spectacular..
Plant Selection Tips
The flowering hedge looks beautiful and harmonious, the flowers of which are successfully combined with each other in color or are able to create an impressive contrast. So what flowers will best decorate your fence? More popular today are the types of plants that do not require special care, but need support:
- Hydrangea paniculata.
- Climbing rose.
- Ornamental beans.
- Morning glory.
Shrubs look no less impressive, which themselves can serve as a support for flowering hedge vines:
- Japanese spirea.
Design solutions for a flowering hedge
The main rule that must be observed when selecting plants is its characteristics. Try to pick plants with different flowering periods!
For example, the unique ability of vines to quickly grow their plant mass makes it possible to create a picturesque landscape from the first year of your hedge’s life. As a designer decoration for a traditional hedge, it is advisable to use several flowering plants that will transform its appearance. A floral accent for your fence can be both annuals and perennials, which will replace each other in terms of flowering time:
- Tall bell.
- Silver wormwood.
- Dwarf caragan.
- Multicolored tulips.
When creating a flowering fence, you need to adhere to a simple planting scheme. Planting is carried out in two rows in a checkerboard pattern at a distance of no more than 50 cm. Pay special attention to the color scheme of flowers, and dilute their variegation with green perennials, for example, ferns. Before you start planting plants, do not be lazy to transfer your planting plan to paper and carefully study the options for your future blooming design.
For beginners, we suggest considering the most simple landing pattern:
1. Varietal lilac. 2. Black elderberry. 3. Loch is silvery. 4. Red meadowsweet. 5. Valerian officinalis. 6. Forest tobacco. 7. Basil is water-collecting. 8. Fragrant tobacco. 9. Turkish carnation
In this composition, elderberry and lilac bushes, starting from May, will be covered with white flower caps. The delicate honey aroma of silver sucker can captivate you from late May to late autumn. During all summer months blooms of meadowsweet, valerian, fragrant tobacco, etc. will replace each other..
Of course, this is an approximate scheme for planting plants, but focusing on it, you will have your imagination, and it will be easier for you to choose the types of plants that are most acceptable for you..
Secrets for caring for flowering plants
But before you start planting plants, thoroughly process the soil. Remove all weeds and apply mineral fertilizers. Remember to water your fence regularly, especially in the first two years of its life. The main thing is to prune in a timely manner, tie the side shoots of bushes to the base.
In order for your flowering plants to delight you with abundant flowering, do not forget to water them in a timely manner. Most of them are sun-loving, but shade-tolerant. The best time to water is early morning or late evening. If your fence is located on the south side of the site, then watering is recommended twice a day. Abundant but sparse watering is preferable for flowering plants.
It is advisable to cover the flower beds with bark mulch or pebbles, depending on your design preference.
A beautiful and well-groomed flowering hedge is a rather painstaking work. It is clear that no one will be able to build it in one day. It will take several years for it to shine in all its beauty, but believe me – your efforts will justify the final result. Good luck to you!