If we want to enhance our garden with plants that guarantee the flowering for most of the year, we will have to mix varieties of evergreen like camellias, the viburnums, the oleanders, with the climbing species like the lonicera, the Passiflora, the fake jasmine and climbing roses.
The garden flowers need a contained maintenance and you can mix them thus creating a spot of color or form of hedges exploiting in an intelligent way the driveway of the garden and, if we have a gazebo or a hut, we will have the Possibility of climbing the climbing species creating fresh and suggestive corners. The ideal soil for garden plants must be moist, nutrient-rich and well drained.
Flowers suitable for garden hedges
Camellia, chosen from those with white flowers, need sour soil and prune at the end of their flowering. They are shrubs that have a fast enough growth and can also be cultivated by beginners.
The Abelie, with long and poorly branched stems of reddish colour, bloom at the end of July forming the trumpet flowers with a beautiful pink or white color that resist until the end of September, then you have to prune them eliminating the oldest branches at the base without shorten.
The viburnums, evergreen plants with oval and oblong-shaped leaves, are presented as compact saplings filled with leaves and branches. The flowers, which already appear in autumn as rose buds, at the first temperature rises at the end of winter, open the white corollas and are very decorative. These shrubs do not need to be pruned but require only a clean of broken and out of shape branches.
The oleanders, evergreen shrubs, have a flowering that begins in spring and ends in advanced autumn with flowers ranging from pink to white and from red to yellow. But you have to be careful because it is a poisonous plant and we always have to wash our hands after touching it.
Species of Vines with flowers
The Lonicera is a creeper that adapts to our climates with leaves that have a dark green upper layer while the lower one is clearer. The stem is lianoso and the tubulosi flowers are large and fragrant and begin flowering from the month of May, presenting to bunches placed in the middle of the leaves of a beautiful creamy white color with pink and yellow shades. Pruning should be done at the end of winter or in autumn.
Passiflora is very resistant to cold and produces large, completely white flowers with glossy and shiny tones that stand out in an obvious and scenographic way on the very rich foliage with the aim of attracting the pollinating insects. This plant produces large, poorly coloured fruits and the stem of the climbing species is hollow inside with a nice deep green colour, suitable for the pergolas.
The fake Jasmine is an evergreen climbing shrub with shiny leaves of dark green color with a short stalk. The flowers have a corolla formed by five long lobes, bloom between June and July and have an intense scent, a second flowering between August and September, at the end of summer, happens very rarely. With the arrival of the cold it is advisable to protect the base of the plant with soil consisting of mature manure covered with leaves. The fake jasmine, although it is able to withstand long periods of drought, to have a constant development, needs to be watered regularly otherwise threatens not to produce new branches and rethrows.
The climbing roses are very beautiful and are often used to form arches that could delimit the entrance of our garden. The iceberg Rose, the most reflowering among the modern roses, it has white flowers, does not require excessive care, requires only two or three fertilizers per year and a light pruning where there are withered flowers, dead branches, weak and out of shape and prefers the sunny areas and Airy.
Our garden will be more cheerful and colorful with flowerbeds that, forming some points of color, crack the monotony. We have more alternatives to make our flowerbed “custom” by using plants that are suitable to only live in pots like the cyclamen of Persia, the primroses Obconiche, the Cineraria and the Calceolaria burying the plants with the whole vase, having the foresight of Do not arrange them to parallel files but always zig-zag thus creating a more pleasing effect to the view.
The Persian cyclamen is very easy to grow and produces large, colourful flowers that resist outdoors even in winter if we live in an area with a mild climate otherwise, if the climate is rigid, we must unearth the vase and take it to the apartment or the greenhouse. For pruning just remove the withered flowers and parts of the plant dried or damaged.
The Primula obconica is an evergreen plant with wide and fleshy leaves and small and graceful flowers of pink, purplish or white colour, supported by sturdy stems. It is cultivated in the greenhouse and brought outdoors only in summer to embellish our flowerbeds.
The Cineraria is a very popular plant in the gardens thanks to its splendid flowering and the simplicity of the cultivation with flashy flowers with particularly vivid colors. These plants need abundant watering and do not prune but simply eliminate the parts that dry.
The Calceolaria is used to adorn the flower beds and lends itself very well to form spots of color between the rocks. It has hairy and indented leaves and the flowers, composed of two petals joined to the base, are yellow, pink or red in various shades and, as they wither, they must be eliminated.
Tulips and Bulbs
Another type of flower ideal for the creation of flowerbeds, tubs and planters in the garden are certainly tulips and bulbous in general. Thanks to the incredible number of varieties there are many bulbous to guarantee almost all the year a good flowering and a good variety of color.
Tulips are certainly one of the most used and appreciated species of bulbous. Their variety of colours and designs is such as to make them the perfect plant for any flowering flowerbed. Their flowering period goes from February to April depending on the variety of tulip.
If we want something to flourish at the end of winter or in the autumn we can look for other varieties of bulbs. The daffodils for example are super resistant and rustic bulbous that bloom at the end of winter, exploding in a real carpet of color.