Best plants for acidic flower beds
Many gardeners spend a lot of money and effort to create a bright flowering flower garden on the site. But some plants, despite all the worries and troubles, do not please either flowering or growth. And, it would seem, - the place has been chosen good, fertile soil, watering and top dressing on time ... So what's the secret? But there is no secret! The acidity of the soil (the same mysterious pH) is different, and different types of plants react to it differently. From which plants you can create a flower garden, if the soil is acidic, I will tell in this article.
There are at least two ways to create a beautiful flower garden in areas with acidic soil: to deal with soil deoxidation, which is troublesome and not always leads to the expected results, or to pick flowers and ornamental plants that will like the increased acidity of the soil. And there are plenty of such people to decorate the landscape of the site without unnecessary efforts.
Today, conifers are becoming more common in private areas. In modern flower gardens, an honorable place is allocated for stunted decorative varieties of thuja, spruce, juniper or cypress. And all these plants grow well on acidic soils, and nurseries offer a huge selection in size, shape, and color.
Fine companions of conifers are ferns. And although they are not given to surprise mankind with some luxurious flowering, the sophistication of the leaves is often amazing. Find varieties that can survive your winters and plant ferns in a shady place. In combination with flowering perennials (which also prefer acidic soil and shade) you get a real fabulous corner!
Ordinary viburnum - a noble lover of acidic moist soils will help to decorate the flower garden. And although it will not become the center of the composition, as it grows to an impressive size, it will serve as a wonderful backdrop.
The beauty of this shrubbery is that it is beautiful at any time of the year - both in spring, when white baskets of flowers appear, and in summer, when red beads of berries are sung, and in autumn, when foliage changes its color from yellow-gold to burgundy. At the same time, in the winter the bush turns into a light sculpture decorated with red berries.
If you are the owner of a plot with acidic soil, then hydrangea is your plant. Many try to grow these magnificent shrubs today, but if they grow with difficulty on neutral soil and require additional acidification, soil with high acidity is a true paradise for these plants. It remains only to choose different varieties and types of hydrangeas according to the size and timing of flowering, and your garden will be beautiful throughout the summer.
If you are not embarrassed by the demanding care of the plant, be sure to plant rhododendron on acidic soil. Of course, he will not tolerate a negligent attitude to watering and feeding, and an unprepared wintering, most likely, will not be appreciated. But for all the labors and efforts he will reward with divine flowering.
6. The center
Delicate flowers, hearths are heart shaped and will serve as a wonderful decoration for any flower garden. In the people, this plant is called the "flower of the heart." Different varieties of this plant are different in size and color. Pink or white, purple or yellow - it does not matter, all the flowers seem to be created for a romantic mood. In addition, the center is a real find for beginners or busy gardeners, since it is absolutely undemanding to the growing conditions and it will be quite comfortable even with minimal care.
Easy to care and yet beautiful - lupine. This perennial plant will not only decorate the flower garden with its lush flowering, but will also improve the soil structure and enrich it with nitrogen. To create bright accents, lupins are planted in groups and, depending on the color combination, the composition can be both exquisite and stylish, as well as simple and sincere.
Gravilate will help out any flower garden with acidic soil located in a cold climatic zone. Hybrids of this inhabitant of Siberia and the Far East can easily withstand harsh winters, and therefore are very appreciated by many gardeners. Depending on the variety, the flowers of gravilate can be red, yellow or orange, with all kinds of shades. But this plant is surprising not only the color, but also the shape of the inflorescences, which can vary greatly between different varieties.
9. Badan and forget-me-not
In early spring, you will be pleased with the bright pink flowers of the frangipani and blue tender forget-me-nots. These plants do not bloom for long, but decorative leaves will serve as decoration of the flower garden until late autumn.
10. Erica and Heather
Erica and heather, planted with curtains, look quite bright during flowering. And they bloom for a long time - from mid-summer to frost. The advantage of these shrubs is also that they are quite unpretentious and do not require special care.
11. Roses and peonies
Roses and peonies grow well on moist, slightly acidic soils, therefore, if the soil on the site is very acidic, then the cultivation of these crops will require deoxidation - the introduction of ash, lime or dolomite flour.
12. Flyers for acidic soils
As you know, annuals give particular brightness to flower beds and flower beds. Their unique colors and aromas make our summer evenings spent in the garden very soulful and warm. And here again the good news - there are also lovers of acidic soils among annuals!
Grows well on acidic soil nasturtium. There are a lot of varieties of this plant and it would be possible to create a magnificent flower garden only from its different species. The palette of colors - from white to salmon, including all shades of yellow, red and orange. The form is ampelous or bush, and with all this, also beautifully shaped leaves.
Poppy, purslane, clove, knapweed - unpretentious plants, bloom well on acidic soils and decorate the flower garden with their bright colors. Astersincluding perennial cosmea, zinnia easily adapt to the proposed conditions and can become a decoration of a flower bed even with increased soil acidity.
13. Any flowers in containers
Many flyers grow well in various containers, and this is another option for creating a beautiful flower garden on acidic soils. Lobelia, petunias, begonias, pansies, stunted marigolds and many other flowers create real fireworks of bright colors. Ampelic, creeping or bush forms will find their place in any floral arrangement, and you will prepare the soil individually for them.
The advantage of growing flowers in containers is also that you can always remove flowering plants, and put new ones in their place. And you can do this starting in early spring - after all, tulips, muscari, and hyacinths feel great in pots.
Dear readers! Human wisdom is right - there are no bad sites, there are peculiar conditions. And you can adapt to these conditions - you just need to study the features of the territory and show a little knowledge, work and imagination.