Table of contents:
- Construction of garden structures
- Trellises, gazebos, awnings
- Wonderful view from the window
- Garden design
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When planning a garden, the owner of a suburban area has to solve many problems: determining viewpoints, organizing lighting, choosing fruitful crops and ground covers … In addition, it is often necessary to fence off a busy road, isolate from the gaze of neighbors or hide objects such as a compost pit, barn and other buildings for household purposes.
If instead of a capital fence on the border between the sites, you plant flowering shrubs or trees, the neighbors will only be grateful to you. Such plantings will successfully hide your garden from prying eyes, protect it from winds in winter, and from dust and annoying noise in summer.
Fast growing trees and shrubs are best for hedges. Some deciduous shrubs, for example, grow to the required size over several seasons.
Small shrubs with delicate leaves look good around the house, pool or terrace, creating a reliable natural screen. You can add fragrant flowers in containers to them, which will add to the feeling of peace, privacy and give the garden a special beauty.
To avoid disappointment, the load on the structure should be calculated accurately; weight of shoots and foliage; wind pressure. The frame itself should not be conspicuous, so it is painted in neutral tones: gray or gray-green. Wooden parts are usually not painted at all, but only treated with hot linseed oil or other antiseptic.
And, of course, beautiful shrubs are absolutely irreplaceable in the creation of fences - rhododendrons, cinquefoil, currants, forsythia, lilac, chokeberry, hydrangea, Japanese quince, roses, honeysuckle, willow, elderberry, spirea, snowberry, viburnum, hawthorn, weigela, magonia and many others.
Vines also play an important role: clematis, wisteria, sweet peas, ornamental pumpkin, morning glory, kvamoklit, echinocystis, nasturtium, aconite, honeysuckle (honeysuckle and Brown), hops, climbing roses, maiden grapes, cultivated grapes, actinidia, lemongrass. The main advantage of vines is their height and growth rate. To decorate the walls of a house, garage or barn with them, you just need to pull on strong cords or wires.
Also, as a support for vines, you can use any dried tree, old raspberry branches, lattice from planks, poles, poles, water pipes, hoops or even pieces of plastic hoses.
Construction of garden structures
It is far from the fastest and easiest way to hide the unattractive corners of the garden from prying eyes, but if you do decide to do this work, then truly enormous opportunities for creativity will open before you. In addition to fencing, such structures will perform many other useful functions.
Greenery gates, for example, can be very beautiful without losing their functionality. They block the entrance to the site or fence off the patio. A straight fence serving as an entrance can also separate the front of the garden from the back or side.
While the appearance of ornamental plants changes with the seasons, permanent structures are an invariable part of the design, creating the frame and focal point of the garden. These can include arches, gates, steps, drinkers and bird feeders, and benches. Free-standing or surrounded by a trellis entwined with vines, the bench can become the centerpiece of the garden.
For children, you can use climbing plants to build a wonderful green room in which they can play in complete safety. A structure designed for play should retain heat well and be exposed to the sun.
Trellises, gazebos, awnings
A simple trellis made from old raspberry branches or solidago stalks is an excellent construction for climbing annuals. The same lattice made of slats is also suitable for perennials. They are easy to make support from a pole and twine in the form of pyramids, cones, fans. The love of gardeners of all generations for the sweet pea pyramids on lawns is constant.
No special devices are required to create a blooming garland near the porch or near the windows - just pull on strong cords or wires. Such decorations always create a joyful mood. The effect will be further enhanced by the bird feeder located here, a decorative lantern, etc. Any dried tree can also become an excellent support for vines.
The most difficult garden structures are the pergola and the gazebo. Covered with climbing plants, they turn into wonderful green rooms. The choice of crops for planting them depends on the climatic conditions. In the Leningrad region, girlish grapes, hops and honeysuckle are most often used.
Wonderful view from the window
You can appreciate the beauty and variability of the garden just by looking at it from the window, therefore, when planning the future landscape, it is necessary to provide an interesting view from each window and a good angular view. This is especially important for those owners of suburban real estate who live outside the city permanently and work in the house, on the veranda or in the kitchen.
Do not forget about creating a beautiful background, which will serve as a background for plant compositions located near the house. And if you want to see early flowering plants from the windows, then they should be planted at a certain distance, which can provide a good view from all sides.
The garden plan should be interesting in all seasons. Therefore, the plants must be chosen appropriate. Cornel, for example, pleases gardeners with beautiful flowers in spring, creates an excellent carpet in autumn, and in winter surprises with its bright bark color and bizarre crown shapes. Other evergreens behave similarly to it. For example, Japanese euonymus. In summer, this bush is covered with red bells, and throughout winter and spring it decorates the garden with its dark green shiny foliage.
Kalina is an unpretentious plant that does not require special care. In May, snow-white (less often cream) spherical inflorescences, consisting of small flowers, appear on it. They are replaced by beautiful greenery in summer, purple leaves in autumn and clusters of red (less often yellow, blue and black) berries that adorn the garden in winter.
Low varieties of viburnum are used as ground cover, high - for creating hedges or specimen plantings. Often these plants are placed in a mixed border near the house. Kalina provides food for wintering birds and serves them as a good refuge.
Some plants, such as cold-hardy crocuses or rhododendrons, are prudent to place near a house or path in order to see them up close. Others look better from afar.
Also, keep in mind that cyan, magenta and dark colors fade as the distance increases. White accents stand out brightest against the general background. So, even a narrow path in a shady sloping garden between a stream of white Iberis flowers and golden alissum near the house or around the patio can become a key detail of the garden and park design. And planting Drummond phlox, host or ornamental grasses has an unusually pleasant soothing effect.
"Garden affairs", No. 5 (21)
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