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Undersized flowers will help to create an original composition in a flower bed. They can be the basis of the composition, a border-fence or a background for tall flowers.

There are undersized flowering flowers and non-flowering plants that have decorative shoots, leaves and unusual colors. An excellent option is a combination of these species.

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plant species

There are perennials, annuals, and biennials.

perennial plants

Perennial undersized flowers are planted once, and then delight the eye with their beauty for several years. This saves time, effort and money. In addition, weeds cannot break through from under dense tubers. However, perennials gradually lose their decorative effect, so an update is required (about once every 5-7 years).

Astrantia is large. The height of the plant does not exceed 70 cm. It can grow in any soil. Spreading astrantia bushes are covered with white, pink or burgundy flowers. There are representatives with inflorescences of different shades on the same shoot.

It is necessary to remove wilted flowers in time so that the plant has the strength to give new ones. Astrantia «loves» the sun, a place with a loose shadow is also suitable.

Oak sage. The second name of this undersized flower is salvia. Bushes are low and compact. Sage blooms throughout the summer.

The inflorescences are long purple candles, which looks very impressive. Suitable for planting shaded areas with moist soil.

Alyssum sea. Like most perennials, it belongs to the flowers that bloom all summer. Alyssum inflorescences are able to withstand even the first frost.

In regions with a warm year-round climate, it does not die off, and in cold climates there is no need to shelter it. Colors of flowers are various: white, yellow, pink, lilac.

Duchenea Indian feels good in any soil, but requires constant soil moisture. The sun-loving plant grows rapidly, covering the soil with a dense carpet. The flowers are small, yellow.

Of particular interest are the fruits of duchenea, similar to strawberries. They are not edible, but they perfectly perform a decorative function.

Arenaria crimson. Due to its unpretentiousness, it is often used in the creation of alpine slides and rockeries. It can even grow on rocks and sand. Easily tolerates drought, so frequent watering is not required.

The shoots of arenaria are painted crimson, their height is not more than 15 cm. Flowers — asterisks are white or pale pink.

Balkan geranium. Bushes 25 cm high have carved bright green leaves. The foliage also looks impressive in the autumn, when it turns yellow or red.

Even in winter, the leaves do not fall, so geraniums are used to decorate the garden all year round. Flowering continues from June to September. Peduncles of red or purple hue have a pleasant aroma.

Juniper horizontalis a representative of non-flowering stunted plants. The dwarf variety Blue Chip is suitable for the garden. The color of the prickly leaves — the needles are blue, dense. Juniper should be planted in well-lit areas, the soil can be any.

annual plants

Low-growing annual flowers are distinguished by their brightness and variety. Seeds need to be sown every year. But it is possible during the planting season to quickly create an updated design of the flower bed.

Purslane has leaves in the form of large needles that spread along the ground, creating a «carpet». Therefore, gardeners often call this flower «mat». Flowers are simple and double, depending on the variety of the plant.

Purslane can grow in sandy, rocky soil, drought-resistant. He needs the sun. The color range of inflorescences is huge: white, pink, yellow, red, orange, burgundy shades.

Petunia is a favorite of landscape designers due to the variety of varieties that differ in shape and color. The plant requires certain planting and care conditions.

It is necessary to regularly loosen and fertilize the soil, as well as water the petunias. At the same time, overmoistening, which is detrimental to specimens with double inflorescences, should be avoided.

Calceolaria is a beautiful and unusual flower native to South America. Original inflorescences — shoes can have a yellow, orange, red or white color with dark strokes. The diameter of the flowers is 6 cm, the height of the plant does not exceed 45 cm.

Feeding with universal fertilizers is necessary. It is also necessary to ensure that calceolaria is not affected by aphids, as this disease is common for this plant species.

Iberis (Iberian, stennik) is a flower with simple leaves and small flowers. Inflorescences form umbrellas of white (for bitter iberis), pink or purple (for umbrella species) hue. Peduncles have a pleasant smell.

After flowering, a pod with seeds is formed, which can be used for planting. The sun-loving stennik can be planted in stony soil or loam (soil with a high proportion of clay and sand). Does not require frequent watering, drought-resistant.

biennial plants

Biennial flowers, as the name suggests, will bloom for two years. They are frost-resistant, but they need to be covered for the winter. This group includes cheerful pansies, beautiful Wittrock violets (known as «pansies»), delicate daisies, touching forget-me-nots. These small plants, no more than 20 cm high, are ideal flowers for a flower bed.

When creating a mixborder composition, it is recommended to use combinations of the types described. In this case, it is necessary to take into account the compatibility of plants, which is determined by:

  • the necessary composition of the soil
  • growth rate
  • watering frequency
  • light-loving or shade preference.

The specified parameters must match for plants located in the same flower bed.

Each photo of undersized flowers confirms the originality and beauty of these plants. In order for the effectiveness of the flower bed to be maintained throughout the season, you must follow the rules of care:

  • Remove faded flowers
  • Make fences out of rocks or plastic to keep the roots from growing excessively.
  • Take into account the growth rate of plants, do not plant flowers close to the border
  • Create a drip irrigation system
  • Use spruce branches or modern materials for shelter for the winter.

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Post published: 12.10

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