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Flower beds invariably delight with their appearance in August. During this period, it is so pleasant to observe the variety of colors and shapes, to get aesthetic pleasure.
Nevertheless, it is in August that it is very important not only to look at the flowers, but also to completely re-plan the garden.
After all, it is at the end of the summer that you see what possibilities your flower beds have and, in addition to the advantages, completely reveal the disadvantages.
In addition, perennials are not transplanted in June and July, and in August the best period for this comes.
Why do you need it?
What are the general reasons for redeveloping a flower garden:
- a significant part of the time the flower garden does not perform decorative functions - in other words, it does not bloom and, probably, does not even smell especially, in general it requires you to take care of it, but brings practically nothing in return;
- illiterate arrangement of plants - when you formed a flower garden, you were guided for the most part by your capabilities, mood and subjective opinion, as a rule, this does not work with flower beds, as a result, they begin to grow not harmoniously, the plants close off the light from each other, oppress each other in vain and the like;
- the flower garden has ceased to be relevant - perhaps due to innovations in the landscape design of your territory, or in connection with new structures;
- does not fit with the rest of the space - does not fit into the overall style;
- lack of composition - when, outwardly, the flower garden looks simple and at the same time harmonious, creates an aesthetically pleasing feeling, most often the composition was used, which made the flower garden so beautiful, if there is no composition, the flower garden, although beautiful in general, can create a feeling of incompleteness.
Based on the reason, determine the redevelopment option.
When it comes to inappropriate shape or size, they use a complete redevelopment. In addition, complete redevelopment is used when plants are illiterately planted or low decorative functions are observed - the flower garden practically does not bloom.
In all other options, you can also use partial redevelopment, which may well solve your problems with the flower garden.
In fact, you are creating a new flower garden and you can even change the size and shape.
Only the dislocation space of the flower garden remains identical, although it can also change slightly.
Therefore, first you need to clear the area of all unnecessary.
Annuals that do not tolerate transplanting can safely be thrown away, sent for mulch or other urgent needs.
Such as ageratums, marigolds or viols can be transplanted, they can remain for the next year.
Transplant perennials to the vacated space. Perhaps in August you will have a free bed, or take some space on the lawn.
You probably won't be able to immediately determine where to plant these plants, so just define for them some kind of temporary territory until spring.
If the original flower garden contains plants that you like and want to keep, leave it. They may well become the basis for a new composition.
After that, you will need to decide on the shape and size.
If the previous elements do not suit you, then you will need to destroy the original flower garden further. For example, remove the sides, reduce or increase the size.
By the way, about the size. Take some structural detail of your house or plot as a reference point. Many people use a window and make a flower garden the size of two windows, three windows, in general, of multiple sizes, so that any composition looks harmonious.
Next, the configuration is determined, that is, the prevailing forms. Here, too, you should focus on the site. If using regular layouts, use basic geometric shapes and lines, and if your compositions are more natural, use curved lines and shapes.
After that, it remains to make new bumpers (if you decide to use bumpers), which can be made from both the old material and the new one.
One way or another, filling is performed along the outer perimeter, which is:
- a ditch of 20 centimeters, which is covered with geotextiles;
- fine gravel is poured into the ditch; decorative gravel can be used on top.
Such an element is required in order to prevent weeds from sprouting near your flower garden.
If we talk about planning itself, then you need to understand the general principle of creating a flower garden of continuous flowering.
Of course, there are some subtleties, which we will talk about further, but if you understand the general system, then you can make excellent flower beds.
So, the essence of this principle is that in a limited space of a flower garden, some plants always bloom, and the rest should rest - they were preparing for flowering or were after flowering. This result is achieved thanks to the choice of varieties that grow in different halves of the month.
It is best to use the following scheme:
- early May;
- second half of May;
- the beginning of June;
- second half of June;
- early July.
And then you continue until September or even October, if you live in warm regions. Take 1-2 plants for each period, depending on the size of your flower garden. Better 2, but this is not always possible.
The space itself will need to be divided into 10-20 segments, each for a separate plant. As a result, you form a flower garden where flowering gradually changes and at least 1-2 plants bloom in each period.
As a rule, in fact, flowers do not particularly check with the calendar and do not bloom for exactly half a month, so they will simply smoothly replace each other, with even slight overlaps of flowering periods.
Some tips for organizing such a flower garden:
- do not plant plants of the same period close - spread these plants around the space so that the flowers do not turn out to be near and between them there are plants that are not blooming during this period;
- do not divide the flower garden into even sectors - draw curved shapes for each sector with sand to make the flower garden look more natural;
- the tallest plants - planted in the center if the view is open from all sides and planted on the back if the view is open from 1-2 sides;
- flowering period - it can be long or happen twice per season, you need to be able to use this, for example, petunias and marigolds bloom from spring to autumn, and phlox blooms two times with a short break;
- shrubs - they can also be an excellent addition to flower beds, they give volume;
- empty cells - should also be left in order to be able to plant various bulbous and summer plants.
Similar to the previous version, but there is less room for maneuver.
First you look for composition flaws:
- center - is there the largest and most beautiful plant in the center and is there a center at all;
- secondary plants - are there any subordination elements in the composition near the central ones, that is, plants are smaller and less bright;
- accents - they can be located both at the center and along the perimeter, the main property is to create bright accents and variety.
After that, these inaccuracies are eliminated and converted into advantages, with the addition of new plants and transplanting existing ones in other parts of the flower garden. In addition to this, you should think about the decor. See if you can use a lamp, vase or some other decor for your flower garden.