5 hyper-resistant plants to have in your garden
Difficult to have a beautiful garden when you do not have a green thumb ... Fortunately, there are "super-plants"who resist drought, cold and can even survive months of neglect ... So what are these almost indestructible plants ? Here is a selection, along with their instructions.
You are really not a gardener, but do you dream of a beautiful flower garden all year long? Do not lose hope, Côté Maison offers a selection of 5 hyper-resistant plants. As a bonus, take advantage of invaluable advice to choose, plant, marry ... and ensure a beautiful garden in all seasons.
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1. The spectabile Sedum: the most indestructible indestructible
This perennial plant with a succulent look is great. It forms larger and larger tufts each year. In the heart of its beautiful foliage grow stems adorned with flowers with compact heads, ranging from white to deep red. We can install it in full sun or in the shade, in bins or in the ground. Watered or not, the Sedum blooms from June to frosts. Keep your heads in winter, it offers a nice show especially when it is associated with grasses.
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2. The Viburnum tinus: the most persistent
A classic catalogs and a super star to adopt urgently. The Persistent viburnum grows everywhere and in all terrains. With or without water, it grows valiantly in a hedge, in a tank or in the ground, isolated or in a massif whose forms it cuts out. It is covered with pretty White flowers flat at the beginning of the summer and even enjoys a good recovery of flowering at the end of the season. Well nourished, it can climb to almost 3 meters high but supports a good size if you want to limit its height.
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3. Honeysuckle: the most climbing
Another forgotten of our gardens. There are dozens of varieties to choose from for their color or fragrance. The most fragrant is the variety fragrantissima with white flowers and yellow heart. The more he is in the sun, the more he embellishes the garden. Honeysuckle is planted in a hedge, against a wall, to accompany roses or a clematis. There is even one that keeps its foliage in winter: the Lonicera henryi.
4. The heucheres: the most ground covers
The heucherias are back in fashion not long ago and are essential to form impeccable floor coverings. We reserve the light colors with shaded areas and the dark colors in full sun, even if they prefer the partial shade. They are chosen in pots and planted in mass, leaving 20 cm between each pot. Add some compost and water well. Then we can let the heucheres live their lives quietly. They are perfect at the foot of peonies, or other shrubs. And for areas of full shade, they are the absolute champions of resistance.
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5. The boxwood: the most transformable
Symbol of French gardens, boxwood is a tough guy who can find his place in all gardens and on all balconies. Yes, it grows slowly but finally it is an advantage because, except to want to give it particular forms, it is no need to prune him a lot. It is planted in any soil and water well. It can be installed in a small container or in a large container. It is pruned in summer and winter but not in spring, when it is in full growth. Train low hedges or high (then adopt the variety 'Faulkner' with large leaves) or have fun cutting it into a ball, square ... it's up to you!
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Instructions for finding the right plants
Choose the plant
In any case, check the roots of the plants you buy. They must not exceed the bottom of the pot. It is also good to check that the plant has been transplanted once or several times, especially if you buy large containers. Buy rather at producers who raise their shrubs in the ground and prefer nursery close to your garden. Potential problems of recovery (very rare in the indestructible) will be limited.
Maintain her plants
Everything is in the plantation. A large hole wider than deep, a amendment (compost) generous and a good watering are the basic rules to give all these plants a chance. Then a little weeding in spring and a good mulching will greatly assist in the harmonious growth of plants and shrubs.
Multiply the plantations
And if you tried to multiply these shrubs so easy to live? Boxwood and Viburnum tinus can be Cuttings A young branch of the year is harvested in July and planted in a pot of potting soil with some cuttings hormone. Heucheres and Sedum can multiply separating the clods from the plants in the early spring and replanting plant parts in a pot with good planting soil.
To marry plants
All these plants are resistant but not invasive. They tolerate very well the proximity of other shrubs, trees or perennials. The boxwood is beautiful in a mass of roses or even surrounded by bulbs. The Viburnum loves the company of other hedge shrubs or that of the oceanos and Cornus. Sedums love peonies, poppies, and all summer perennials. The honeysuckle sneaks gracefully into a hedge of evergreens or through the thorns of a climbing rose bush.