The rich variety of the flower world confuses even the most experienced gardeners, what can we say about beginners who are just learning the ABCs of landscape design. It is difficult to choose specific colors when hands are reaching for any bright packaging — I want to plant all these plants on my site! And only over time, a commitment to certain species is developed, which is most suitable for your garden, among which ampels will occupy the highest position. Most often, such decorative plants are annuals — they are characterized by rapid growth, a long flowering period and in a short time are able to turn the most unsightly territory into a place of fabulous beauty.
What is an ampelous plant?
Ampels (translated from German as a hanging flower vase) are ornamental plants intended for growing in containers, hanging baskets, planters and vases. Such species have an elastic stem that is not able to maintain a vertical shape on its own, it must either hang down or have a support. Ampelous plants are often used for landscaping balconies, terraces, paths and borders, and planted in a flower bed they form a dense flowering carpet.
The most popular types of ampelous plants Petunia
It so happened that petunia has become a traditional ampelous plant. And it’s completely justified! It is impossible to imagine another plant that will have such a flexible character, unpretentiousness, stability and a huge variety of shapes and colors. The ampelous types of petunias include hybrids. Even in seedlings, the stems of such a petunia begin to descend and pick up buds of inflorescences.
It is known to many as geranium, and it is the second most popular ampelous plant. This culture is not at all afraid of the vagaries of weather and drought. There are many types of geraniums that are grown indoors and outdoors. Geranium containers can be placed anywhere in the garden, under windows and placed along walking paths.
Lobelia is gaining more and more popularity, it can be both annual and perennial (it requires careful shelter for the winter or moving to a dwelling). The landing site does not matter, lobelia grows equally well in the sun and in the shade. In choosing soil, it prefers fertile, slightly moist soil.
Bacopa is a perennial plant, but more often cultivation is limited to one year, although it can be transplanted and brought indoors for the winter. Bacopa blooms for a long time, it is quite unpretentious, tolerates rain, short-term drought and open sun.
Ampel plants for growing in the sun Verbena
Ampel verbena is a picky, herbaceous plant. It is grown as a perennial, not afraid of the sun, temperature changes and precipitation. If faded buds are regularly removed, then the beautiful verbena will retain its decorative appearance until the very frost.
This unique plant can transform any place (including office and apartment interiors). At a young age, the diascia has upright shoots, but over time they go down to form a sprawling spherical bush. Prefers sun and sandy loam, but in dry and hot summers requires abundant watering.
This herbaceous plant is very popular and has been grown for a very long time. It is completely undemanding to growing conditions, has incredible vitality and, moreover, taste and medicinal characteristics. Nasturtium is not fed with nitrogen-containing fertilizers.
It belongs to creeping plants, it grows equally well in flower beds, alpine slides, in balcony boxes and planters. Nolana is unpretentious to the conditions of detention, grows in the sun and in light partial shade. It is undemanding to the composition of the soil, but active and long flowering can be achieved only on light and fertile soil.
Ampelous plants for growing in the shade
Plant with falling shoots. Flowers — tubules bicolor, often white and pink
Does not like the open sun, blooms for a long time, requires constant and moderate soil moisture.
Campanula equifolia (bride and groom)
Representative of the bell family, not more than 30 cm in height. The shape resembles a decorative fountain.
It grows well in the shade, prefers loose and moist soil. Forms flowers of white and blue color.
Depending on the variety, it can be with green and silver leaves. Heat-loving, winters indoors.
The absence of flowers.
Forms a dense cover on horizontal and vertical surfaces.
Frost-resistant, shade-tolerant, unpretentious.
The presented list is just a small fraction among ampelous plants for vertical gardening. If your site does not yet have any of the above, we recommend that you fill this gap. Ampelous plants are attractive for their decorative effect, the possibility of convenient location and movement. All they need is a little care and regular watering.