Helenium in garden design
Helenium role ensures its continued popularity among designers. He pays tribute to Nori and Sandra Pope, known for their wonderful monochrome flower beds. For example, in the Botanical garden of Oxford, they created a composition where the variety ‘Chipperfield Orange’ planted with dahlias of the same Sunny orange hue. And John Brooks used Helenium … in a “tropical” flower garden! There are partners of our old acquaintance became exotic hibiscus and Cannas.
But the main fan of Helenium is, of course, Pete Udolf. In his amazing compositions, this flower fully shows all its advantages, because Udolf like no other is able to emphasize the beauty of the most unassuming, at first glance, plants. Partners Helenium in its boarders mainly act as cereals. Scatterings of bright flowers seemed to float above the sea stirs in the wind, herbs or stars twinkle through the veil created by the flowering panicles of cereals. In addition, the famous Dutchman picks Helenium neighbors with completely different forms of blossoms, creating a striking contrasts with its “daisies”.
Helenium in a small garden
I have heard the opinion that Helenium is an unsuitable plant for a small garden, because, having an impressive size and growing rapidly, it takes up too much space. In my opinion, this is not quite fair.
First, among the various varieties can be found and those whose height does not exceed 80 cm, for example, ‘Chelsey’. Or ‘Double Trouble’ -an unusual variety c Golden-yellow double flowers. A crumb ‘Ruby Tuesday’ height of only 50 cm can be grown even in a pot.
Secondly, much depends on what kind of place is given to Helenium in the garden. Tall varieties are especially spectacular when they can be admired from a distance. If you plant one of these beauties in the corner formed by the two sides of the fence, and in front of him to place a group of plants of lower height, this composition will be a good alternative to the traditional scenes of shrubs. That’s what I did in my garden, using Udolf’s ideas.
I have a triangular flower garden. The farthest from the viewer top of this isosceles triangle occupied Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty’. In front of him grew luxuriantly monarda, and in the foreground adorn the undersized astilbe with dark foliage and deep red panicles of flowers. On each side of them are planted daylilies with wine-red flowers, and as a border separating the flower bed from the lawn, used gravilat. Plants to one color, but with a different inflorescence shape complement each other, and Helenium in the background sets the tone of the whole composition, which has a rather long flowering period due to the Geum and day lilies.
In another flower garden, the peak of decorative which falls on the end of summer, I planted Helenium three varieties with different heights and colors: one and a half meters with orange-red flowers, red height of a little more than a meter and a relatively low bright yellow. Their partners were plants that can be found in almost every garden and even behind the fence. This flower garden has absorbed all the colors of autumn, and each plant in it successfully performs its own party again thanks to the shape of the inflorescences.
You can come up with countless options for using Helenium in garden compositions. I want to put tall reltively grade (for example, ‘Butterpat’ or ‘Die Blonde’) next to a dark purple novobelichi Astra ‘Amethyst’. If the front of Helenium place shrub Astra of the same rich purple color, and before novobelichi – low rudbeckia, for example, varieties of ‘Rustic Dwarfs’, these plants with inflorescences in the form of baskets will give a classic bright color combination. Here you can add wormwood “God’s tree”. It seems to me that it will give this small composition lightness and airiness.
In my opinion, Helenium looks great in the company of Kochia. It landed in the center of a circular island beds, the Kochia can be placed in 2-3 rows around the perimeter and over the summer to cut tiers. At the end of the season, when the cochia has acquired its luxurious autumn color, Helenium will show off like a bouquet in an elegant vase, without even needing a garter, because the cochia will not allow the curtain to fall apart.
Helenium propagated by seeds or by dividing the Bush. Although it is best to divide the plants in the spring, on sale they tend to appear in late August, blooming. Of course, this allows you not to make a mistake when buying a favorite variety, but there is a serious risk that the stems will die before the underground buds have time to form young rosettes. To avoid this, the inflorescence before planting should be cut low, leaving only part of the stem height of 10-15 cm.
I have a plot of Helenium feel great in wet and drier places, bloom profusely in partial shade and generally behave like old, trusted friends, from whom you do not have to wait for a trick or an unpleasant surprise. I think it’s not only pleasant. It is very important-to have a firm belief that, despite any whims of our unpredictable, flighty weather, at the end of summer in the garden necessarily bloom Helenium.