Colorful mix in the garden


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For a modern bed, you can either use a tried-and-tested herbaceous mixture or put together the plants yourself. Take special care that the plants fit the conditions in the bed: Is it dry or humid, sunny or shady? Choose robust, long-lasting species. Some perennials should have beautiful fruit stalks or green leaves in autumn and winter. Grasses ensure lightness in the bed. You can also put on classic jewelry plants such as Larkspur or Phlox, but they need intensive care.

Planning and installation

Finished blends are a great alternative for hobby gardeners who do not want to take any risks. There are now 30 blends that have been put together by professionals for different locations. The bed should be at least ten square meters in size, in larger species-rich mixtures better larger.

Perennial Mix "Indian Summer"

A great sight all year round Successful plant combinations such as the mixture "Indian summer" look great not only in the summer. Onion flowers provide the first splash of color, while the early shrubs already show their new foliage. After the lush summer bloom with coneflower and silk plant, late bloomers like asters and goldenrod are important. In autumn and winter, grasses and perennials pay off with beautiful fruit stalks like the silk plant. They will not be cut back until February.

'Indian summer' in spring

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Mixture 'Indian summer'

Colorful mix in the garden: plant

The mixture "Indian Summer" provides a beautiful plant and color combination throughout the year, including in spring.

Colorful mix in the garden: plant

In early summer, mix "Indian Summer" shows a colorful landscape

Colorful mix in the garden: mixture

In late summer, the mixture "Indian summer" unfolds its full splendor

Colorful mix in the garden: garden

Even in winter, the mix "Indian Summer" has something to offer

'Indian summer' in spring

'Indian summer' in early summer

'Indian summer' in late summer

'Indian summer' in winter

Once waxed, most combinations require no care except for multiple weeding and a pruning in late winter. Before planting, however, the soil must be free from root weeds. Against couch grass and field winds it only helps to exchange the topsoil. In addition, the soil should be deeply relaxed to avoid winter waterlogging. After planting, a five-centimeter-thick mulch layer makes life difficult for the weeds and keeps the soil moist. In the sun is chippings, in the shade bark compost suitable. Narrow, winding paths and rather random trees and shrubs emphasize the natural character. However, the contrast between the pretty mess in the bed and clear structures through hedges, walls and lawns can also be charming.

"Shadow gloss" for a dark garden corner

dark, shady garden corner

The mixed plant 'Schattenglanz' is well suited for dark garden corners

In the mixed plant "Schattenglanz" for moderately moist soil easy-care shrubs with decorative leaves determine the picture: Funkien, Schildfarn, Bergenien and Caucasus forget-me-not. Between the large-leaved species, cranesbill and small periwinkles grow, two species of sedges show their narrow stalks.
The berries of the arum, the blue-flowering Funkia and the red-leaved almond spurge provide a splash of color. The latter gets along and spontaneously fills in the gaps in the bed. In spring, bulbous flowers complement the evergreen perennials. Regular weeding is important, but hacking is prohibited, because that promotes the weeds. Otherwise, only occasionally wilted leaves must be cut back.

The meadow becomes a "prairie summer"

Lawn in front of terrace

The perennial mixture "prairie summer" transforms a meadow into a flower kingdom

The perennial mixture "prairie summer" transforms the meadow into a colorful flower surface. It is suitable for sunny locations with slightly moist soil. Typical are the blue-violet flower candles from Ähriger Prachtscharte, Duftnessel and Färberhülse. They alternate with the loose white flowers of Prairieampfer, superb candle and foxglove beard.
The yellow evening primrose serves as a gap filler. Important for the meadows character is the barley millet, which turns reddish in the summer. Later in the year, two species of asters bloom in pink and white and the gold ribbon in yellow. The purple coneflower keeps its flower heads throughout the winter. Daffodils, prairie lilies and three-masted flowers play the main role in spring.

Distribution of perennials

Distribution of perennials

This plan shows the two ways to arrange the perennials

There are two ways of arranging perennials: they are evenly distributed on the left plan, grouped on the right plan - the large perennials stand alone, the small ones in groups. In both cases, first lay out the few high and then the many lower perennials on the surface. Only then will the plant be started. In the first two years must be watered regularly, then only in case of severe drought.

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