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Tired of the sharp corners of the metropolis? Do you want to escape from the confined space? Does your look dream of resting on something infinitely round? Then you urgently need to visit the ball garden or arrange it on your site.
Haircut "under the beaver"
Anything can be round: a barbecue or patio area, a pool, a pond, flower beds, even a country house can be designed "in a circle".
We usually relax on our favorite bench or in a wicker chair in a quiet corner of the garden. To enhance the effect, you can pave this area so as to leave space for planting shrubs that tolerate cutting well. So much for the charming hemispheres, alive and green. Make them different sizes, the look needs dynamics. Such a composition is very appropriate in front of the windows overlooking the garden - very laconic, neat and beautiful.
The whole truth about boxwood
Of course, the sheared evergreen boxwood (Buxus sempervirens) looks very beautiful. But remember that this plant belongs to the 6th winter hardiness zone, which means that it will not survive in our middle lane without shelter in winter or will certainly freeze to the level of snow. True, it grows back after pruning almost from the base of the bush.
Everyone on the site has a different microclimate, so you can try to grow boxwood, be sure to cover it for the winter with spruce branches and a double layer of lutrasil, like roses. And like roses, in the spring it is necessary to open the shrub gradually so that it does not burn out in the sun.
You can look for small-leaved boxwood (Buxus microphylla) on sale. It is more stable in the Moscow region than evergreen.
It is easier to use saxifrage or rejuvenated as small "bumps". Large hemispheres are simulated by the broom kochia (Kochia scoparia). Cochia is an annual plant, it must be grown through seedlings. Plant several pieces together and trim them however you like. In addition, in the fall, it will change color to a bright burgundy.
Among the fashionable favorite conifers, there are many varieties with spherical crowns: large and small, with yellow, green and blue needles. For example - black spruce Nana; Norway spruce Little Jam, Wilson; mountain pine Pug, Varella; thuja western Globoza, Danica; Canadian spruce Blue Planet, Alberta Glob.
Standard forms of conifers and deciduous plants are very good. They must be included in the "spherical" landscape. And if you plant groups of globular shrubs at regular intervals, you get an effective volumetric composition. Do not forget to plant some "balls" at the turn of the garden path or just next to the round area or podium.
Decorative bows "balls to all balls"! Go to a flower shop in the fall (it is at this time that bulbous are planted) - your eyes will run up from the abundance of shapes and colors. The most "prominent" is the Aflatun onion (Allium aflatunense). Such large and bright balls cannot be overlooked.
Rejoice, lovers of bright colors - new chrysanthemums of the Multiflora group have appeared, which by themselves, without any pinching, form a perfectly even ball!
In a discreet flower garden, in a composition of conifers, in the middle of a gravel garden, light wicker balls made of willow twigs, bottle caps, and synthetic materials will be very appropriate. Some hobbyists even tape them with CDs.
Various lanterns and spherical fountains will add "roundness" to the garden - those that do not look like fountains. Water is supplied to the very top of the ball, giving a weak stream that spreads over the entire surface. If it is also corrugated horizontally, the effect will be stronger.
"Garden for the soul and good rest", No. 4, 2014 (Nizhny Novgorod)
Photo: Rita Brilliantova