- Why the garden needs annuals;
- Close the empty spaces;
- Creating a fragrant garden;
- Attract bees;
- Collecting bouquets;
- We decorate fences, trellises and gazebos;
- Creating hanging flower arrangements;
- Building container gardens;
- Highlight key points;
- Collecting a natural first aid kit;
- Decorate the garden with spectacular foliage;
Even the most modest and unassuming garden is instantly transformed if you plant at the house or gazebo annual flowers that we all know from childhood. Someone has these memories associated with a school or Park, someone remembers a front garden near their house or a flower bed in the yard. In the city, annuals are planted so that flowerbeds or mixborders are decorative all season.
These flowers are grown from seeds, so they can be obtained in large quantities. There is another big plus: growing annuals in your garden, you can collect seeds to sow your favorite plants for the next year. However, I want to warn novice gardeners that not all varietal annual plants pass their decorative properties by inheritance — complex hybrids do not preserve the quality of the parent plant.
Why the garden needs annuals
Due to its exquisite beauty and decorative properties, annual flowers can be used throughout the season for flowerbeds, framing mixborders and paths leading to the house. Modern flower shops offer great opportunities for choosing seeds, and you can choose whatever your heart desires.
Close the empty spaces
Gardeners with extensive experience know how necessary annual flowers are in the garden, for example, when spring bulbous crops bloom. In summer, annuals are planted in this place or nearby (if the bulbs are not dug out).
Creating a fragrant garden
Many annual flowers have an unusually pleasant aroma. When everything is blooming and fragrant, there is nothing better than sitting on the terrace or in the gazebo on a summer evening. The warm, fresh air is permeated with a charming aroma that emanates from the fragrant flowers of Nicotiana alata or Alyssum.
All annual flowers are good honey plants, they attract a lot of insect pollinators. This means that the yield on your site will increase.
Annuals can also be grown for bouquets, almost all of them look good and stand for a long time in a vase. There are annual flowers that retain their decorative effect after drying, they are called dried flowers. This, for example: Limonium, Xeranthemum, Helichrysum.
We decorate fences, trellises and gazebos
Climbing annuals look very decorative on supports, grates and fences. They successfully decorate the site if it is fenced with a metal grid or picket fence, and also very quickly close your property from the prying eyes of neighbors. But we must remember that in order to achieve a lush and lush growth of such annuals, the soil must be fertile and well-drained.
Climbing annuals include: Convolvulus, Ipomoea, Cobaea, Tropaeolum Peregrinum, Thunbergia, Lathyrus.
Creating hanging flower arrangements
With basic knowledge of plant life and creative imagination, you can use hanging baskets and pots to create a bright firework of flowers at eye level or high above your head.
For hanging flower baskets or pots, use light, well-fertilized soil mixtures. On sale there are always mixtures for seedlings, balcony flowers, as well as soil for all types of plantings. Garden land is not suitable for hanging baskets and pots and growing flower seedlings — it is too heavy, quickly compressed, in addition, it can be infected with various microorganisms that are detrimental to young plants.
Among the many plants grown in hanging pots and baskets, one of the most unpretentious is Petunia. Now a lot of its varieties and hybrids of different colors and shades are bred.
Building container gardens
Annual flowers look very nice in containers, vases, pots that can be easily moved to any corner of the garden. Most often, they are placed in places where it is impossible to plant plants-a patio, steps, paved recreation areas. For containers, almost all annual flowers with a long flowering period or with decorative leaves are suitable.
Well suited for such Impatiens landings. They, moreover, even in the shade and dampness feel great. For the winter, the plants can be dug up or put together with the container in the room and stored until the next year.
Highlight key points
Often in gardens, planting large annual flowers is used as tapeworms — for example, on the background of a lawn. Some of these plants – for example, Ricinus communis, Kochia Roth, Delphinium-can be entered in a mixborder or flower garden.
Collecting a natural first aid kit
There are flowers that have medicinal properties — they can be used to treat colds and various inflammatory diseases. For example, Calendula has such properties. And Tagetes repel insect pests.
Decorate the garden with spectacular foliage
Beautiful not only flowering annuals, but also those that differ in the original shape and color of the leaf: Cineraria, Coleus, Brassica L.