Plants that bloom all summer
For any gardener in the summer, one problem arises with flower beds — to pick up plants that bloom all summer. No matter how beautiful tulips or crocuses, peonies or gladiolus are, but the limited period of decorative effect makes it necessary to update flower beds and mixborders after the spectacular flowers wither. Agree that the bald spots of bare earth in the flower garden do not look aesthetically pleasing at all. In the summer, the gardener has many other problems, there is little time left for flowers, so it is important to choose such annuals or perennials that will delight with bright colors from spring to late autumn.
Annuals that bloom all summer
Garden annuals are so diverse that it is simply impossible to collect them all in one area. The realm of the goddess Flora is great and vast. But today our task will be to select from this bright variety of varieties and types of flowers that bloom all summer long, without interruption and stop.
I call this plant the number one garden for lazy gardeners. If you want to grow seedlings — please, if you don’t want to — feel free to plant seeds immediately into the ground with the onset of steady heat. Tagetes is absolutely easy to grow, fragrant caps of orange-yellow or scarlet flowers appear on strong bushes even at the seedling stage, retain their beauty until frost. The first frost has already broken the leaves on the bushes, and the tagetes buds are all blooming and blooming.
The velvet petals of tagetes have a spicy aroma, like all parts of the plant, however. This aroma will do an excellent job — it will scare away pests from cultivated vegetables. In addition to beauty and long flowering, marigolds are real helpers in the fight against various cockroach insects.
Important! Faded baskets from tagetes bushes must be removed in a timely manner, otherwise the decorative effect of the plant is reduced.
The special charm of this plant is the abundance of varieties. For any flower garden, you can pick up marigolds of a certain height and color. Want to impress your friends and neighbors? Plant a flower bed of some marigolds of different heights — in the foreground, undersized (10-15 cm); second row — choose contrasting flowers from 20 to 25 cm high, third row — from 30 to 40 cm. In the center you can plant giant varieties with huge caps of double flowers. Such a flower garden is not only beautiful, it is majestically magnificent, but it does not require much care, which is what a summer resident, loaded with summer work, needs. Both beautiful and easy.
Zinnia: beautiful and unpretentious
Previously, I did not pay much attention to zinnias, did not favor them, but only until the breeders bred varieties with huge terry hats of different shades. These flowers enchant and amaze with their beauty.
For zinnias, the sun is needed, only under its rays all the charm of this plant is revealed. Otherwise, zinnia is unpretentious, this simple woman is content with regular watering and is happy with several top dressings per season. I don’t know why, but pests bypass zinnia.
Breeders have created a huge variety of varietal varieties of this plant, among which there are giants with huge caps of flowers and undersized compact specimens that bloom all summer. You choose!
Petunia: recognized queen of flower beds
It is impossible not to recognize the primacy of petunia in the design of the garden — this plant is so plastic that it decorates not only flower beds, but also hanging planters, flowerpots, boxes. Spectacular petunia releases the first buds even in the greenhouse, and once in the flower bed, rampages until frost. A variety of garden flowers, blooming all summer, without petunias, look like a retinue without a queen.
A crop is planted for seedlings from the second half of February to March. It is better to buy coated seeds for cultivation — they are easier to plant for seedlings, and young seedlings are initially provided with nutrients that are released after the destruction of the shell.
Attention! Petunia grows well in the sun and in partial shade.
Petunia care is simple — the plants are watered on time, fed several times a season (complex fertilizers can be used). Flower beds with petunia must be freed from weeds in a timely manner, and seed pods must be cut off.
Calibrachoa: a blooming ball in your flower bed
Bright, medium-sized, with a spectacular contrasting spot, calibrachoa flowers look like small petunias, but the bush has numerous shoots, eventually turning into a dense ball. This plant is able to bloom until cold weather, decorating verandas, gazebos, balconies in the garden. The ideal form of growing caliberchoa is planting in hanging planters. In order for plants to bloom constantly, it is useful to pluck wilted buds.
Attention! To maintain the harmonious shape of the bush, corrective pruning can be carried out.
Can grow well in full sun or partial shade. It does not require special care.
Purslane: best for carpet beds in the sun
Purslane or oily grass is an unpretentious annual with charming bright flowers. The plant is used as a ground cover, planted on the slopes of rock gardens, rockeries, or decorated with bushes foreground flower beds. In any composition, an unpretentious purslane will come in handy, but this annual is best grown in the sun. Propagated by seeds and green cuttings. After a warm winter, it can sprout by self-sowing.
Long-flowered or ageratum
The very name of this flower speaks of a long period of decorativeness. Ageratum belongs to the Astrov family, has endurance and durability, perfectly tolerates air pollution, perfectly adapts to the conditions of industrial zones. In a country flower bed for long flowers, well-lit areas with fertile soil are chosen. Fresh manure is not recommended.
Lilac, pink, white or blue flowers of ageratum delight the eye in flower beds and discounts until frost.
Perennial flowers that bloom all summer
Among garden flowering plants, a group of perennials with a long flowering period can be distinguished.
Begonia ever-flowering: unpretentious simpleton
This plant is a perennial, but in garden beds it is often grown as an annual. If you dig up begonia bushes in the fall and bring them into a greenhouse or other warm room, they will overwinter well and in the spring you can plant plants in garden beds.
Low begonia bushes can have green or bronze-burgundy leaves, double or non-double flowers of pink, white or coral. Begonia is very rarely affected by pests; it grows well in sunny areas and in partial shade. The plant requires regular watering, especially in the heat. Fertilizer is applied at the beginning and middle of summer.
Spectacular perennial for shade or partial shade. Begonia flowers can resemble a carnation, lotus, rose in shape. The color of the petals is from white to tomato red. Powerful double flowers appear from early summer until frost, and begonia tolerates temperature drops well, this does not affect flowering and the formation of new buds.
Begonia does not hibernate in a flower bed, in the fall it is necessary to dig up the tubers in order to save them until next year.
Quaranthus or periwinkle
Like begonia, catharanthus is a perennial, but many summer residents do not dig bushes out of flower beds in autumn, as a result, the flowers freeze. If you dig up a catharanthus before frost and transplant it into a greenhouse, conservatory or greenhouse, then the plant will perfectly survive the winter, and in spring it can be planted again in flower beds.
From the bright colors of the catharanthus, eyes run wide — the breeders have tried, there is something to choose from. The color of the corolla varies from snow-white to purple-ink. Contrasting eyes in the center of the corolla give the periwinkle flowers a special charm.
It grows well in partial shade and in the sun, even in dense shade the periwinkle is able to delight with its flowering. Little affected by pests.
Mirabilis or beauty of the night
Perennial plant that blooms in the evening. In the evening, a gentle fragrance spreads over the flowering bushes of mirabilis, so the quivering flowers, similar to moths, announce their magical dance.
Mirabilis is a tall plant, you can use it to decorate borders, zoning a garden plot. Grows well in partial shade and shade. Numerous leaves, similar to hearts, densely cover the bush. Buds are formed in apical inflorescences.
Mirabilis rhizome easily freezes at the first frost, if it is not well covered, you can lose the plant. But this is not scary, the night beauty gives large seeds in abundance, which easily germinate when sown in the spring in the ground.
A perennial flower bed that blooms all summer is not a dream, try planting the plants described in the article and you will see for yourself. And for those who love flowers, ready to learn all the intricacies of care and cultivation, in our section «Floriculture» you will always find the most relevant tips on flower cultivation for both beginners and experienced flower growers, articles on garden decoration, sowing features, as well as many other very useful materials.