Everyone wants a garden because it allows you to spend time outdoors in complete relaxation and enjoy our own personal portion of greenery. At the same time, after the initial enthusiasm, many people get caught up in the discomfort because of the great work that may become necessary. In fact, even those who have little time can have pleasant outdoor spaces, tidy and often even enlivened by lasting blooms. The secret, as always, lies in careful planning.
Before buying and planting you have to keep in mind climate, terrain and exposure. The best results are achieved with the right plant in the right place! Here are some that combine strength, beauty and low maintenance and adapt to the climate of our entire country.
These deciduous shrubs are interesting for their adaptability to various conditions: they grow both in full sun and in partial shade and are tolerant as far as the soil is concerned. They are striking for the beautiful shape of their foliage, for the large leaves (even variegated) and the showy spring flowering, but that often occurs again in summer. They can be left to develop freely or pruned slightly in June.
One of the most popular climbers precisely because of its autonomy: it does not require support and grows well with any exposure. It is ideal for quickly covering walls, but also works very well on horizontal surfaces or slopes. Among the many varieties on the market we will certainly find one that satisfies our taste: the shades of green and the variegations are endless and the shape of the leaves can surprise.
The most autonomous and lasting purple cloud! The different species and varieties on the market have in common the extreme resistance to sun and drought in addition to the long flowering season. The lower ones (x faassenii) are ideal as soil covers, the higher ones (‘Six Hills Giant’) for hedges or mixed borders. The only intervention, not strictly necessary, is a low pruning at the end of spring to stimulate an amazing new growth.
Oleander, with its resistance and adaptability, is able to embellish even the most neglected areas. Especially in the open land, it is a practically autonomous shrub and its flowering lasts from June to October, especially in the southern regions. Moreover, single-flowered varieties have the advantage of being self-cleaning! The only desirable intervention, but not peremptorily, is a shortening of the apexes in autumn.
A little-used creeper, but one that should be re-evaluated. It has on its side the rapid growth and the lasting and very abundant flowering. It requires only a light support to cling to (a net, a wooden lattice) and a shading of the base, pruning is completely unnecessary. Some varieties (rubens) are remarkable also for the foliage, which, in autumn, is tinged with warm nuances.
The genus includes almost 500 species of very variable succulents: let’s consider the rustic ones. Many of them are found on the market and are used, depending on their appearance, as soil covers, in borders or in the rock garden. In addition to the beautiful basal foliage are remarkable for the stems and flowers starry, great attraction for pollinating insects. Completely autonomous.
Roses are considered beautiful plants, but challenging. This is true for the most common varieties, but in the nurseries there are also very healthy cultivars, with a long flowering time, even self-cleaning and with beautiful winter cinorrods. The advice is to consult the catalogues looking for those classified as “landscaped” or that have won the famous German award. ADR .
Succulents suitable for coastal gardens and gardens in the central-southern regions. Some species (American, desertii, victoriae-reginae) live well also in the North, if in sheltered position. Splendid for their essential aesthetic that is enhanced by the rock garden or the most modern environments. They do not require interventions in the ground and only some irrigation, if in pots.
Herbaceous perennial that should not be missing in any garden: Himalayan, sanguineum, cinereum, x cantabrigiense develop in sunny to shady exposures and, from spring, form a pleasant cushion of leaves. Often the flowering is almost continuous throughout the growing season, in bright colors from white to fuchsia to deep purple. At most, they require a spit at the end of spring.
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Scenic perennials suitable for creating flowerbeds and borders completely autonomous. The range of colours of the leaves is truly infinite: green, reddish, variegated in white and yellow, striped, bronze. Combining them with pennisetum, fescue, stipa, phormium tenax, aloe, agave and other succulent and grasses (which in pots) we will get environments of great visual impact in all seasons and virtually zero commitment.
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