9 favorites for landscape mixborders
Landscape mixborders were recently considered a rarity. But today, mixed women in a natural style finally came into fashion and forced many to reconsider their ideas about the laws and possibilities of design. Unlike carpet and patterned, regular or rustic, landscape style mixborders reveal all the true beauty and potential of plants, provide them with complete freedom. And they open up unlimited scope for imagination: even the most daring decisions in such discounts will not be superfluous, and literally dozens of different cultures can be planted. The design of mixborders in a natural style has its own favorites, an unexpected choice of which will allow you to find more than one true star of natural design.
Two trends in one mixborder
The design of flowering and ceremonial compositions in a natural style is now at the peak of popularity. Simple care, picturesqueness and pastorality, sometimes bordering on fabulousness, distinguishes flower beds and rabatka against the background of more rigorous regular ensembles, and modern minimalism, and a colorful rustic style. After all, landscape design has so many advantages that are finally appreciated.
Compositions constantly change over time without outside interference, evolve and develop, transforming before our eyes. Plants appear in a natural style in all its glory, and even some of their sloppiness or modesty does not seem superfluous. Skillful and thoughtful, but still a little wild flower show in landscape style is always something special. And today, the fashion for naturalness is already beyond the scope of individual trends in landscape design.
So, mixborders, mixed rabatka with a focus on the flowering relay, are also returning to fashion. Unlike flower beds and classic flower beds, borders and simple groups, mixborders are a universal design option, suitable in gardens of any size. They can be very narrow, and wide, and long, and short.
With the help of mixborders, you can not only decorate the site with flowering crops, but also play with disguising walls and fences, limit space and zones, emphasize areas for recreation, etc. A collection of plants replacing each other's flowering, playing on contrast and flowering, and foliage, opens up new prospects for the selection of colors and the search for original solutions.
And while carpet mixborders are slowly giving way to full-length landings, the tendency to rely on landscape design style has embodied in the design of mixborders. Landscape mixborders are special in their rich color and variety of compositions in which you can experiment and combine even the incongruous.
In the design of mixborders in the landscape style, you can use the same plants as in the design of natural flower gardens or groups. But if you want to turn such a mixborder into the most catchy, bright and formal composition, the main pride of the collection of flowering plants, rely on the most vibrant perennials.
The flower kaleidoscope in the landscape mixborder should cover all seasons and all possible variety of forms. When choosing plants, give preference to unpretentious and original crops that can spread self-seeding or beautifully fill the space. But the main thing is a bright personality and originality. Garden fashion offers to forget about boredom and pick up the most catchy, non-standard, and sometimes even strange plants.
Let's get acquainted with the cultures from among the fashionable favorites of landscape style that will become stars in the design of your mixborders.
1. Purple Squid (Eupatorium purpureum)
This is one of the largest herbaceous perennials that fits perfectly into the middle row of double-sided mixborders or into the background of one-sided mixed rabatoks.
This is a short-rhizome perennial, the maximum height of which can reach one and a half meters. It creates powerful, massive and very effective bushes in groups. The leaves are large, lanceolate, collected in whorls on straight shoots crowned with corymbose inflorescences.
Dark pink, saturated, up to 20 cm in diameter, consisting of very beautiful small baskets, inflorescences of the window sill will not only effectively decorate mixborders in July and August, will last on the plant for more than 1 month, but will also attract butterflies no worse than buddhis with wisteria.
Poskonnik is one of the most winter-hardy perennials, which reconciles well with light shading, but reveals all its beauty on fertile and well-treated loose soils.
- Breeding methods: by seeds (in autumn or spring into the soil) or by dividing the bush (early spring or autumn).
2. Buzulnik gear (Ligularia dentata)
This is another giant who, in mixborders, shows himself as a great candidate for the role of high emphasis and background culture. Large leaves and bright yellow-orange flowering turn the Buzulnik into one of the most spectacular perennials with a unique game of textures and colors.
Buzulnik gear can grow to one and a half meters. Despite belonging to short-rhizome perennials, it amazes with the power of bushes. Large bud-shaped leaves with a dark, unusual, often brownish color are collected in an elegant basal rosette.
On dark peduncles, panicles from inflorescences-baskets with a diameter of up to 8 cm rise, which seem bright and simple at the same time. Bright yellow, often with an orange tint, gives the buzulnik expressiveness and contrasts with the color of greenery. The buzulik dentate blooms in late summer - August-September, about 1 month.
Buzulnik can equally successfully grow in partial shade and in bright sun, but it requires the selection of nutritious and fresh soil.
- Breeding methods: seeds (blooms only in the 3rd-4th year) or by separation of bushes (in spring).
3. Loosestrife punctata (Lysimachia punctata)
It is difficult to find a plant that would be more associated with a natural garden than a pinworm. Despite its brightness, it seems to be a plant almost untamed and growing as if by itself. It is because of this that the loosestrife so organically fits into any mixborder composition, as if combining disparate plants among themselves in a single ensemble.
Verbeyniki - grassy perennials with a height of 60 cm to 1 m, depending on soil moisture. Long and powerful roots allow the plant to constantly grow, forming a kind of thicket. Numerous straight, thin, densely leafy branches form very beautiful curtains.
Broadly lanceolate sessile leaves surprise with a white border around the edges. But the pinworm reaches the most decorative in the middle of summer, when bright lemon flowers open in the axils of the leaves for more than a month.
Verbeynik spot can settle both in moist soil and in ordinary soil, provided that it is watered in a drought. It is a plant that prefers fertile soil from among the most sun-loving species, prone to overgrowth and requiring sufficient space.
- Breeding methods: segments of rhizomes or separation of bushes (it is better to divide every 3 years).
4. Oriental poppy (Papaver orientale)
A herbaceous perennial that can reach a height of 80-100 cm, oriental poppy is equally good in its beauty of grayish-blue, densely pubescent, carved greenery, and in spectacular flowering. Root, large cirrus dissected leaves and strong densely-bristled shoots form powerful bushes.
But the true beauty of poppy appears only when the plant produces flowers - huge, from 12 cm in diameter, with a very beautiful center of stamens, emphasizing the trembling and delicacy of the petals.
The beauty of poppy flowers is mesmerizing. At this garden favorite, the familiar fiery red palette has long been replaced by a variety of options for white-pink-red-cherry colors. And amazing varieties competing with each other not only in the size of the “heads”, but also in the decorative details and color, are becoming more and more every year. Many of the modern varieties of this poppy are able to bloom repeatedly - not only in May, but also in August-September.
Oriental poppy is one of the best plants for landscape style and a favorite of mixborders. It is combined with any other plant, regardless of its size, because absolutely all garden crops contrast with greens and poppy flowers.
Note! According to current legislation, the cultivation of oriental poppy in Russia is prohibited.
To the soil, this plant is undemanding, photophilous and frost-resistant, practically requires no maintenance.
Breeding methods: seeds (sowing in early spring on seedlings) or root cuttings (grow several years).
5. White Ash (Dictamnus albus)
Large, with carved leaves and powerful bushes, Caucasian ash, or white, is one of the most elegant and wild-looking perennials for the middle plan of mixborders. This is a powerful perennial up to 80-90 cm tall with straight pubescent shoots and very dense, large unpaired leaves sitting on cuttings. The fragrance of the plant is perfectly emphasized by elegant, as if weightless, inflorescences of up to 2.5 cm in diameter of pink-lilac flowers, on which luxurious dark veins can be seen.
White ash in mixborders brings multilevel and airiness. The plant should be planted in such a way as to reduce the risk of contact with leaves and inflorescences (the plant gives off flammable oils, for which it is called the incandescent dome). By grace and beauty, Yasens can not be found equal.
It is a hardy but sun-loving plant that does not tolerate moist or compacted soils. High quality, deeply developed, neutral or calcareous, nutritious soils are selected for ash.
- Breeding methods: seeds (sowing after harvest), cuttings (spring) and separation of bushes (spring or autumn).
6. Bloodroot dark blood red (Potentilla atrosanguinea)
The medium-sized and spectacular grassy perennial has rightfully earned the title of lace and richly colored. With a height of about 60-70 cm, this type of cinquefoil is surprising in its sparseness, surprising airiness of bushes from branchy-straight shoots, as well as an openwork pattern, which is provided by triple light green leaves.
But nevertheless, its bloom remains its favorite feature: this kind of cinquefoil blooms for about 50 days, relentlessly releasing unusually spectacular, dark red, as if satin, shiny flowers, collected in very loose panicles of inflorescences. In June and July, there is no match for this "bloody" beauty.
The cinquefoil is dark blood-red - one of the best textured "chintz" plants, the bushes of which resemble colorful fabrics. It goes well with low and medium-sized perennials, brings luxury and nobleness to mixborders, and its dark flowers seem unusual both in color and in beauty.
Despite the abundance of color and beauty, cinquefoil is a winter-hardy plant. It can only settle in places with good lighting, but it is undemanding to soils. It blooms best on fertile, calcareous, loose soil, but can be content with more modest conditions.
- Breeding methods: seeds (in the soil on seedlings in spring or autumn), cuttings and separation of bushes (in early spring or autumn).
7. Lungwort sugar (Pulmonaria saccharata)
Shade-tolerant and compact, beautiful throughout the season, thanks to a very original and attractive foliage, the plant - such is the sugar medunica. This is an unpretentious short-rhizome perennial, not afraid of a close landing and looks great in the foreground.
The maximum height of the plant is limited to 30 cm. The leaves of the Lungwort are very effective: with hard pubescence, large, broad-lanceolate, they conquer with original specks and white spots that equate this plant with decorative leaf stars. But the Lungwort is a universal culture. And to flowering crops it can be attributed to the same extent as to deciduous. May flowering of the Lungwort surprises with the pastoral pink tone of small flowers, but as they bloom, the plant catches its eye with a transformation of pink to blue-lilac.
Lungwort is a plant that gives a stable decorative effect and density to any composition. She is not afraid of any neighbors and seems a luxurious, refreshing spot in any mixborder.
The plant is not so undemanding to the soils, ordinary garden fertile and loose soils of sugar meadwort are quite suitable. The plant loves stable moisture, loam and sandstone.
- Breeding methods: seeds (seedlings or in the soil) and the separation of the bush (autumn or early spring).
8. Hosta Siebold (Hosta sieboldiana)
One of the best shade-tolerant perennials, the host, will allow you to bring a pleasant variety in leaf patterns and textures to mixborders with a natural character. She will decorate the cutting edge, make ornamental accents and make the composition festive. Visually, it looks like a kind of island of calm in chaos.
Hosts are low, but very beautiful decorative and deciduous perennials. In a thick basal rosette, gradually growing in breadth, large, waxy, bluish, dark leaves are collected. The pattern of the outlets seems tiled or less strict depending on the density of the landing. The flowering hosts of Siebold may concede to the best flowering species, but still very elegant. Peduncles up to 40 cm in length are crowned with loose inflorescences with graceful, funnel-shaped, pale lilac flowers.
Frost-resistant and shade-hardy hosta is one of the most unpretentious cultures. In the fertile and moist, high-quality soil of mixborders, she reveals her true beauty.
- Breeding methods: cuttings or separation of the bush (in spring).
9. Iris bearded (known under the unofficial name of Iris barbata)
Under the name of bearded irises hides the largest, most popular and beloved group of varieties of irises, endearing with their delicate flowering. For mixborders to find a more watercolor, picturesque plant is very difficult. Bearded irises are landscaped plants by nature, but their xiphoid leaves bring orderliness, structurality to the ensembles, they perfectly contrast with most stars of the natural style. And you can’t imagine the best partner for poppies.
Rhizome herbaceous perennials with xiphoid, light green or bluish leaves, irises produce juicy and strong peduncles with 1-7 buds that open in turn. And although each flower blooms for a short time, it is impossible to look away from the beauty of blooming irises.
Large, complex in structure, with quivering petals and velvety textures, fluffy beards on the lower perianth lobes, bearded irises conquer an unimaginable range of colors, textures and shades. The number of varieties is simply impossible to cover in any review.
Irises are quite demanding on the conditions for growing crops. They are comfortable with loam and sandstone, light drained soils with a neutral reaction and illuminated, protected, warm areas.
- Breeding methods: seeds and segments of rhizomes.
We mentioned in this article 9, in our opinion, the most original plants for landscape mixborders. Perhaps you are growing other flowers, no less spectacular in natural compositions. Tell us about them in the comments to the article. We will be very grateful!