One of the biggest problems for many summer residents is the constant lack of time. Attention is required and vegetables in the beds, and a garden with fruit and berry crops, and numerous flower beds. It is not at all surprising that those plants that do not impose great demands on care, do not need constant attention and care, win special love from gardeners. Thanks to them, in the country you can not only work, but also find time to relax, admiring the beautiful and unpretentious flowers.

Using our recommendations, you can choose plants for your flower beds that will delight the eye from early spring to frost, replacing each other and at the same time not tiring you with time-consuming care.

 

  bulbous plants

Not a single garden can do without them, it is they who are the very first to announce the arrival of spring, they decorate our flower beds when nature is just awakening from its winter sleep. And colchicum and autumn crocuses complete the season, reminiscent of spring at the time of leaf fall.

Among the bulbous plants, there are many that do not require your attention and care — you just need to plant them correctly. The general rules to consider when growing these crops are very simple:

  • avoid stagnant water, do not plant bulbs in lowlands, in flooded areas;
  • do not remove the leaves until they begin to fade;
  • use special baskets for bulbs when planting to protect planting material from rodents;
  • divide overgrown nests once every few years so that the bulbs do not shrink.

 

What kind of bulbs should you choose if you want to create a small care garden?

crocuses

Baby crocuses are one of the first to appear in spring: botanical ones bloom already in March — early April (depending on the region), as soon as the snow melts; large-flowered varieties bloom later — in April or early May. There are also a few autumn flowering varieties.

Crocuses can be used for planting in rockeries; they look great under trees and shrubs; they are often used for planting on green lawns among lawn grass (just remember: you should mow the foliage of crocuses only after it begins to fade). These flowers are also great for forcing in pots and creating container flower arrangements.

The main thing to take care of when planting is to protect the bulbs from rodents and stagnant water. Be sure to use bulb baskets — they will not only prevent mice from getting to your flowers, but will also help you not to lose a single bulb during transplantation.

botanical tulips

In addition to early flowering, these species have a huge advantage over other tulips: they do not need annual digging of bulbs. The size and color of the flowers depend on the variety, and their range is truly huge. Most often on sale you can see tulips of Greig, Kaufman, Foster, as well as unusual and very hardy tulips of the forest, Turkestan and late (Tarda).

These species are used for planting in natural style flower beds; they look good on the edge of shrubbery, among the lawn; you can plant them in the foreground of mixborders or flower beds. The flowering of botanical tulips begins in April (in regions with a cold long winter — in early May).

 

Iridodictiums

Tiny relatives of irises are not yet very common in our gardens. Meanwhile, these are one of the earliest and most undemanding flowers — they bloom immediately after the snow melts and grow excellently, forming more and more extensive and expressive curtains.

Iridodictiums are excellent plants for rocky gardens and rockeries; they can be planted under shrubs and trees, used for forcing and creating container compositions. They are rarely damaged by rodents, but are very sensitive to waterlogging. Choose areas with light, loose, well-drained soil for planting iridodictiums.

 

Muscari

Surprisingly unpretentious, not demanding special conditions for soil and lighting, small-bulb flowers practically do not suffer from rodents. Numerous varieties of muscari are all shades of blue and blue (there are a few white and pink varieties); most of them breed very actively, quickly forming extensive nests that need to be divided every 4-5 years. Important: do not use mineral fertilizers to feed muscari — they prefer compost or humus.

The timing of Muscari flowering is different depending on the variety: the earliest bloom in April, the latest bloom in early June. They go well with other bulbs — tulips, daffodils, hyacinths. They can be used in a variety of compositions, including container ones. Suitable for forcing.

  Chionodox

In April, small stars appear in the garden — sky blue, snow white or pale pink. These are blooming chionodoxes — very undemanding early-flowering small-bulbs. They are ideal for planting in rock gardens and rockeries; look great on a lawn or at the front edge of a flower bed, can grow under shrubs and trees in the garden.

daffodils

These flowers certainly do not need a special introduction — there is hardly a garden where daffodils would not bloom in spring. An incredible variety of varieties allows you to choose plants for any compositions and for cutting. Simple and terry; miniature and tall (up to 60 cm); snow-white, sunny yellow, with an unusual pink crown — there are none! Many varieties have a strong pleasant aroma, but there are those that have no smell at all.

In the garden, daffodils are appropriate almost everywhere — in natural-style flower beds, and in front flower beds, and in groups on the lawn, and in container compositions. Their important advantage: the bulbs of these flowers are unattractive to rodents. Most varieties reproduce well, and after 3-4 years, large curtains are formed from several bulbs, which must be divided and planted.

  Colchicums (colchicums)

These flowers fully justify their name: they bloom at the end of summer and bloom until frost, surprising and eye-catching, standing out as a bright spot in the autumn garden. In spring, where crocuses are planted, you will see powerful green foliage, which will wither in early summer, so that in autumn delicate and touching flowers, similar to crocuses, bloom in this place.

To make it easier to make a choice, take a look at our table and compare unpretentious bulbous flowers with each other:

 

Flowering Planting Height, cm Features of cultivationColchicum August — November July — August 5-20 in the sun or in partial shade; well-drained soil Botanical tulips March — May September 10-50 in the sun; permeable, moderately moist soil without stagnant water Iridodictiums April August — September 10-15 in the sun; loose, light permeable soil with a neutral or slightly acidic reaction Crocuses March — May August — September 7-20 in the sun or in light partial shade; loose permeable soil; protection from Muscari mice is necessary April — June August — September 10-30 in the sun or in partial shade; well-drained soil; grow strongly; do not tolerate mineral top dressing Daffodils April — June end of August — September 30-60 in the sun or in partial shade; loose fertile permeable soil without stagnant water Chionodox April — May September 15-25 in the sun or in partial shade;

 

In addition to those listed, you can also pay attention to scillas (scillas), pushkinias, white flowers, galanthus (lilies of the valley) — these flowers will also not cause you trouble when growing.

perennial plants

This is perhaps the largest group, and it is, of course, impossible to talk about all the unpretentious perennial flowers worthy of attention within the framework of one article. We will list just a few of them.

When choosing perennials for your garden, be sure to consider not only the timing of their flowering, but also other features: the size of an adult plant, growth rate, soil, moisture, light requirements, etc. Well-chosen compositions will allow you to admire flowers for many years without worrying about their transplantation or the fight against diseases and pests.

astilba

Astilba, well known and loved by many flower growers, is truly a godsend for a busy summer resident. Properly planted, this plant will not bring you any worries at all, except, perhaps, pruning faded inflorescences.

The lush sultans of blooming astilba are white, pink, lilac or red (various shades); plant height, color and shape of the inflorescence, as well as the timing of flowering depend on the variety and vary markedly. However, a bush with beautiful carved foliage looks attractive even without flowers.

Astilbes are ideal for planting in shady corners of the garden, near shrubs and trees, or on the banks of a pond; they can also become part of a mixborder composition or act as a tapeworm (mostly tall varieties). Miniature Astilbes are suitable for container growing.

  Aquilegia

In these plants, first of all, bright flowers of an amazing and unusual shape, with long spurs, attract the eye. They seem to hover on high peduncles above a dense spherical bush with beautiful carved foliage.

Aquilegia are not affected by pests and do not suffer from diseases, on well-moistened soil they do not require care, and the variety of varieties allows you to choose plants not only with different flower colors, but also of various sizes — from very small to very large.

Aquilegia is grown from seeds. Adult plants do not tolerate transplantation well, so seedlings should be planted as early as possible in a permanent place — in partial shade, on loose, fertile, well-moistened soil. In the future, care will be reduced to watering in dry weather and pruning inflorescences with wilted flowers.

Meadowsweet

Another moisture-loving plant, meadowsweet, is a real find for those whose plots are located on damp and heavy clay soils. This plant is very demanding on soil moisture, but that’s where its “whims” end; having successfully chosen a landing site, you will not know the hassle.

Depending on the variety, the meadowsweet can be very small (30-40 cm tall) or a giant, whose inflorescences rise to a height of 2-2.5 m, but still most popular varieties are medium-sized (120-180 cm) plants with large carved foliage and fluffy inflorescences on tall peduncles (white, pink or red).

Loosestrife

One of the most moisture-loving perennials, it can grow even on very heavy or waterlogged soils. Derbennik is a tall plant, excellent for planting near water bodies, in semi-shady lowland areas. Blooms from mid-summer to early autumn.

Periwinkle

Another problem that gardeners often face is shady areas of the garden, for which it is difficult to find plants. Periwinkle small will help out perfectly in such a situation. This is a ground cover plant with beautiful dark green glossy leaves (there are variegated varieties — they are more demanding of light). In April-May, bright sky-blue flowers bloom on its numerous shoots.

Periwinkle grows well in tree trunks, under shrubs; it can cover large areas, but if necessary, its growth is easy to restrain with a haircut.

Kupena

Feels great in the shade or partial shade and kupena — a plant with beautifully curved drooping shoots, on which numerous milky-white or greenish bell-shaped flowers appear at the time of flowering. With sufficient soil moisture, this plant can be placed in sunny areas.

Brunner

Brunnera is also a lover of shade and moisture, very unpretentious and growing well. Its flowers, similar to forget-me-nots, bloom in May. After flowering, the plant can be used as an ornamental leafy plant; variegated varieties look especially interesting.

Doronicum

But doronicum, a very unpretentious, abundantly flowering perennial, quite rare in our gardens, is a lover of the sun. Its flowers themselves look like small suns — bright yellow «daisies» on high peduncles bloom in May, when the flower beds are still poor in colors. Suitable for cutting; compact varieties can be grown as container plants.

When choosing a place for doronicum, consider one of its features: when flowering ends, the aerial part of the plant dies off, so you should not place it in the foreground of the flower garden. Make sure that the empty place is hidden by plantings, and next spring the doronicum will once again delight you with its sunflowers.

Cornflower perennial

This is not one, but several species with flowers of various colors and shapes, with different bush heights. One thing unites them — an amazing undemanding to soils and care. Perennial cornflowers prefer open sunny areas, are drought tolerant and can grow even in poor soils. They do not tolerate waterlogging, but otherwise they are absolutely picky and are suitable for a wide variety of garden compositions.

Loosestrife

The most famous representatives of this genus in culture are the ground cover monetized loosestrife and the tall handsome spotted loosestrife. Abundant flowering, numerous bright yellow flowers and exceptional unpretentiousness are the distinguishing features of both species.

Monetary loosestrife is good to use as a groundcover under shrubs or tall perennials. It easily tolerates a haircut, after mowing it quickly grows back. Suppresses the growth of weeds and helps to retain moisture in the soil, while itself is absolutely undemanding.

Point loosestrife cannot be overlooked at the height of summer — at the time of its flowering, when strong vertical shoots are completely covered with bright yellow flowers that form dense spike-shaped inflorescences. This plant prefers open sunny areas with fertile, well-drained soil.

If you are looking for unpretentious perennial flowers for your garden, also pay attention to various garden geraniums, bathing suits, lupins, evening primroses. For your convenience, we have made a table that will help you compare the listed plants and choose the right ones:

 

Bloom

Landing

Height, cm

Growing features

Aquilegia

May — July

April — May or September

20-80

in partial shade; demanding on soil moisture; adult plants do not tolerate transplants

astilba

June — September

April — May or September

20-120

in partial shade; loose nutrient soil, well moistened, but without stagnant water

periwinkle

April May

April — May or August — September

5-20

in partial shade or shade; moist fertile soil without stagnant moisture; ground cover, can grow aggressively

Brunner

May

April — May or August — September

30-50

in partial shade; moist permeable soil; can grow in dense clay soils

Cornflower perennial

June — September

April — May or August — September

20-100

in the sun; undemanding to soil and moisture

Loosestrife

June July

April — May or August — September

up to 140

in the sun; loose nutritious well-drained soil

Geranium

May — August

April May

10-100

depending on the type; you can choose species and varieties for almost any conditions

Loosestrife

July — September

April — May or August — September

60-140

in partial shade; undemanding to the soil, can grow even on heavy, dense soils; very picky about moisture, tolerates short-term flooding

Doronicum

May June

April May

30-80

in the sun or in partial shade; loose fertile soil; the aerial part dies off after flowering

bathing suit

May; there are varieties that bloom at other times

April May

50-90

in the sun or in partial shade; nutritious well-moistened soil; very sensitive to moisture

Kupena

May June

April — May or September

30-100

in partial shade or shade; nutritious well-drained soil

Meadowsweet

June — September

May

30-250

in the sun or in partial shade; demanding on soil moisture; grows well on dense clay soils that retain moisture

Lupine

June July; Aug. Sept

April May

80-100

in the sun; slightly acidic, well-moistened soil; does not like fertilizer

Oenothera

June — September

April or September

15-100

in the sun; undemanding to the soil, can grow on poor and dry, but with sufficient moisture it blooms better

 

Of course, it would be worth adding to this list perennial asters, lungworts, small petals, daylilies and other wonderful plants — among perennials there are many very undemanding and at the same time beautiful, long flowering crops, so the list goes on.

 

Annual and biennial flowers

Often flower growers refuse to grow annuals because they do not want to deal with seedlings. But among the annual and biennial flowers, there are also those whose cultivation will not cause you much trouble, and flowering will last until the frost. Be sure to pay attention to them!

 

Violas

Blooming tirelessly from early spring to frost, violas are one of the most unpretentious flowers. They are not afraid of late spring or first autumn frosts, they do not need time-consuming care and can decorate any flower garden. Ampel varieties of viola look great on balconies and loggias, in hanging planters on terraces and verandas.

Violas are excellent transplanters even when in bloom, so you can plant them in flower beds and containers throughout the season. And it is not at all necessary to suffer with seedlings — it is easier to sow the seeds in the summer (on a seedling bed) or before winter.

 

Turkish carnation

It is considered a biennial, but due to abundant self-seeding, it can be renewed annually by itself, without requiring additional care from you. Blooms profusely and for a long time; flowers are well cut and suitable for summer bouquets. Does not need seedlings — Turkish cloves are sown in early spring or before winter directly into the ground, in a permanent place.

This plant looks best in slightly sloppy «rural» gardens, but skillfully selected varieties will be appropriate in elegant mixborders. Turkish carnation prefers sunny areas, but it can also grow in diffuse partial shade.

 

calendula

If you still think of calendula as a simple «grandmother’s» flower, take a look at modern varieties and hybrids! Lush terry and large simple inflorescences, not only orange, but also yellow, cream and even pink — such a calendula will decorate any flower bed!

The plant does not impose special requirements on the soil, although it blooms more abundantly on loose, moderately fertile soils. It is grown by direct sowing in the ground in April — May (depending on weather and climatic conditions). Choose sunny areas for sowing.

 

daisies

A biennial that, due to self-seeding, is able to renew itself. True, it should be noted that abundant self-sowing is produced mainly by the simplest varieties; plants with large double flowers either do not form seeds or lose varietal characteristics during self-sowing. But the “simples” are absolutely undemanding, resistant to trampling (you can make a lawn with daisies) and mowing.

In flower beds, these plants are used for borders, planted along shrubs or paths; they grow well in pots and balcony boxes and are suitable for creating container arrangements.

Nasturtiums

Nasturtiums are thermophilic, so they are sown in the ground when the threat of frost has passed. But they grow quickly, and already in the second half of June or early July they will delight with bright and large gramophone flowers.

When choosing varieties of nasturtiums, please note that they can be bushy or climbing. If the former grow compactly, then the latter can form shoots up to 2-3 m long and occupy vast spaces. Long climbing nasturtiums are good to use as ampelous plants.

 

Our table will help you compare and choose hardy annuals or biennials for your garden:

Flowering Landing Height, cm Peculiarities of growing Viola April — October all season 15-30 in the sun or in partial shade; nutritious well-moistened soil Turkish cloves June — September April or sowing before winter 40-60 sun or light partial shade; loose permeable soil; gives abundant self-sowing Calendula June — October April — May 20-70 in the sun; undemanding to the soil; does not tolerate waterlogging Daisies May — October all season 10-15 sun or partial shade; loose moderately fertile soil; can give abundant self-seeding Nasturtium June — September May 30-300 (ampel) in the sun; nutrient permeable soil

 

Undoubtedly, we have named far from all the flowers that grow without requiring much care. You can take our list as a base and add your favorite plants to it, creating a beautiful and well-maintained, continuously blooming garden without any extra effort and hassle.

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