Using rhododendrons in garden design

Using rhododendrons in garden design

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Rhododendrons in a mixborder

Rhododendrons are very valuable

for design

plants. They bloom so brightly and profusely that even one plant is enough to decorate a small area. Individual plants do not bloom too long - up to three weeks in cool weather, but by choosing species and varieties with different flowering periods, this process can be extended to two months.

Outside of flowering, rhododendrons are also decorative. In most cases, these are not just shrubs, but dwarf trees, which are so valuable in the design of small gardens. Many rhododendrons (mostly deciduous) are bonsai-shaped and irreplaceable

in "Japanese kindergartens"


Evergreen rhododendrons create a southern flavor, they can mimic


, magnolias, and therefore are good in the style of the "Mediterranean garden". In natural-style gardens, rhododendrons are successfully combined

with conifers

, grow well next to wild pines.

Rhododendrons look advantageous both singly in the form of tapeworms, and in groups, small or quite extensive. Groups can be collected from single-sorted plants, creating large color spots, or pick up nuanced or, conversely, very bright contrasting color combinations. Groups of rhododendrons with different flowering periods are good - they bloom all spring and early summer. Combinations in one group of evergreen and deciduous species are not very successful. Deciduous species and varieties are usually very bright, and against their background, the delicate inflorescences of evergreen rhododendrons can be lost.



rhododendrons go well with medium-sized shrubs that bloom in the second half of summer, conifers, heathers, eriks, very many

herbaceous perennials

... The combination of rhododendrons with

hydrangeas of different types

... They have similar requirements for growing conditions, different flowering periods, and similar agricultural techniques.

Special mixborders, the so-called "coniferous-rhododendron", which include, in addition to rhododendrons and conifers, hydrangeas, herbaceous and bulbous perennials, decorated with stones, can become the most beautiful parts of the garden. The style and growth conditions are suitable for rhododendrons: Siberian and Japanese








, many ornamental deciduous plants.

Group of deciduous rhododendrons

Rhododendrons look good against the background of decorative mulch, ground cover plants, in gravel gardens.

When using rhododendrons in the design of a site, in addition to the criteria for style and beauty, it is very important to take into account the compliance of the selected site with the requirements of specific rhododendrons. It must be remembered that only healthy, well-groomed plants can be beautiful, so it is important to choose the most resistant species and varieties and provide them with proper care. Their compatibility with neighbors in terms of growth and agricultural technology is mandatory.

Plants should not grow next to rhododendrons that require

liming the soil

... Companion plants should not compete with rhododendrons for water and food, and should not be too aggressive. Very bad neighbors for rhododendrons: large spruces, birches, maples and other trees with powerful roots, lilacs, lilies of the valley, other shrubs and herbaceous plants with sprawling rhizomes.

Recently, interest in rhododendrons is constantly growing, various varieties appear on sale. With some knowledge, every gardener can choose and grow the most suitable rhododendrons for him.

Read all parts of the article "Growing rhododendrons in the Northwest"
- Part 1. Species and varieties of rhododendrons
- Part 2. Site selection and planting of rhododendrons, growing conditions
- Part 3. Caring for rhododendrons in spring, summer and autumn
- Part 4. Reproduction of rhododendrons, diseases and pests
- Part 5. Using rhododendrons in garden design

Choosing partner plants for asclepia

Asclepius will oppress any insufficiently hardy and powerful plant, so partners for it need to be selected with great care. So that the vatniks become an adornment of the composition and do not interfere with the growth of other cultures, it is better to choose companions for them from a number of proven partner perennials of medium and large size, who are not afraid of the closest neighborhood.

The best candidates for a place in a mixborder or a flower garden with asclepia are Veronica, Aconite, Physostegia, Echinacea, Tall Bells and Veronicastrum, Willow Loot and Meadowsweet. Neighborhood with asclepia can easily be tolerated by tall grasses - a fashionable garden miscanthus with its gigantic curtains and metalwork, a charming, but rather rare pearl barley, tall and quivering, but very persistent reed grass. Waddler and pike (meadow) "get along" well together, provided that high varieties of the latter are selected.

How to shade the brightness of the deren bark

Designers often use the bark shading technique in winter. This is especially effective against the background of trees and shrubs with dark needles. This is how specialists achieve a high decorative effect: the contrast of white snow cover, scarlet or bright yellow bark of the deer and dark green needles. Against the background of monotonous natural pictures of winter, such color splashes immediately create an atmosphere of an elegant holiday.

Spectacular and solitary plantings of variegated sodwood species. They are made mainly in city parks. Groups with elegant leaves look self-sufficient, they do not need color support from other plants. An open sunny area in this case is the best place for planting. Variegated turf looks good with conifers and shrubs of different shapes and shades. This list includes:

  • dark cypresses
  • junipers grayish
  • spruce blue breeds
  • thuja creeping
  • Cossack juniper.

Variegated varieties of deren "are friends" with shrubs and plants with bright colors. Chrysanthemums, roses and lilies are even more elegant against the sod foliage. A seasonal change of paintings in the park will be especially appropriate with the inclusion of turf. Under it plants with small bulbs bloom well - snowdrops, muscari, crocuses. Then comes the time of forget-me-nots, daisies and bright poppies. In autumn, late crocuses and colchicums bloom against the sod background.

You can appreciate all the beauty of the deren by looking at the photos for the article and then planting this plant in your area.

The use of rhododendrons in the landscape design of the site

Rhododendron or rose tree, this is how the name of the plant is translated from the Greek, appears to be a genus of woody shrubs of the heather family. Beautifully flowering tree shrubs are represented by evergreen, semi-evergreen and deciduous species. In the wild, rhododendrons are found in the countries of the northern hemisphere in temperate and cold climates. Favorite habitats are ocean and sea coasts, as well as mountain slopes and coastal areas of large waterways. Rhododendron is a moisture-loving plant. Most often, flowering shrubs can be found in China, the Land of the Rising Sun, in the Himalayas, the Far East, Korea, the Mongolian foothills and in the Caucasus, America, Canada, in mountainous regions located in the vastness of Europe.

The number of wild plants exceeds 1000 species. There are natural hybrid specimens and bred by the efforts of breeders. It is the decorative rhododendrons, numbering more than 12 thousand varieties, that are successfully used in landscape design.

They belong to the category of the most beautiful shrubs with high decorative qualities, which determines their successful use in the field of landscape gardening. Evergreen varieties like partial shade, and deciduous varieties like sunny areas without drafts. Absolutely all representatives love loose, well-moisturized and acidic soil. The main condition is the presence of excellent drainage.

Proper care is able to provide excellent and maximum possible decorative qualities of shrubs.

Star candidates for landscape groups

Hydrangeas and rhododendrons (both deciduous and evergreen varieties), which add luxurious flowering to the extraordinary density and spectacularity of the crown, are ranked among the best low shrubs with spectacular flowering. The combination of hydrangeas and rhododendrons is considered a golden classic in landscape design. A colorful parade of rhododendrons passes the baton to massive hydrangea caps that do not lose their attractiveness even after drying and serve as a decoration for the autumn garden. In the foreground, from flowering shrubs in mini-groups, you can also plant kerria, spirea, action and weigela.

The medium-sized stars of the structuring landscape groups are viburnum, expressive and lush Chinese Coase dogwood and ornamental cherries. Among the latter, special attention is drawn to the finely sawed cherry of the so-called "drooping" varieties, which form surprisingly landscape cascades and are distinguished by abundant flowering similar to foam. All of them look very picturesque and are able to cope with the role of a soloist, but they acquire a special grace when disembarking in groups. Great alternatives are mock orange, lilac, elderberry and honeysuckle.

As for shrubs and woody ones with a stake on foliage, it is much easier to decide on them. The variety of coniferous and wintergreen classical cultures is so great that a suitable candidate for a role in a landscape group can be found for literally any garden. Junipers, holly trees, cypress trees, cherry laurels, and berry yew are the favorites of modern design. They have many bright and unusual varieties in color. But the largest assortment of crown colors is still offered by classic landscape decorative deciduous crops, in particular, magnificent maples from fan-leaved and holly to Shirasawa. Deserve widespread use and Japanese euonymus, oval-leaved privet, bignonium catalpa.

Trees and shrubs in garden design. © Garden Fancy

The use of mono flowers in garden design

The term "mono flowers" has become so popular today that its meaning and definition even began to be somewhat distorted. From rare solutions only for individual gardens, mono flowers have become a favorite technique for designers and amateur gardeners. This is a truly special kind of flower beds and garden compositions that invariably becomes the center of everyone's attention.

Monoflower, or monoclumba - a decorative composition created to reveal the beauty of one species (or genus) of plants. A mono flower can be a flower garden only from the species and varieties of the selected plant, or an ensemble with a slight addition to other crops to highlight its beauty. But, in fact, a mono flower is still a flower garden of one type of plants. These are ceremonial or dominant types of compositions that should be regarded and used as points of attraction for the eye and the main decoration of the site.

The main goal of creating mono flower plants is to fully reveal the beauty of the selected plant. There is no other way to highlight all its merits (as well as its features in general) so vividly. This is a chance to create an ensemble in which one could admire enough of the chosen culture.

In the essence of the mono flower - in the erection of a single plant into absolute - lies the main secret of its creation. Mono flowers should be dedicated to the most beloved garden crops - those without which they cannot imagine the design of the site, that is, the most dear to the heart of the gardener.

This is the best way to maintain, create and replenish your collection of your favorite plants, allowing you to collect species and varieties in one place and actually create your own mini-garden dedicated to one garden culture.

This type of flower beds is considered one of the simplest in structure and organization, but at the same time, difficult to care for. In fact, it simplifies the cultivation of capricious plants as much as possible - a separate composition is allocated for them, with ideally suitable conditions, which is convenient to care for. Of course, the disadvantages of a plant can be fully manifested, but the effect of the ceremonial presentation of decorative qualities is always more than compensates for this "minus". As well as the ability to calculate, provide for any little things that can affect the development of the plant and the quality of its flowering.

Mono flowers are an element of decoration of a predominantly regular garden. Previously, it was believed that it was impossible to introduce them into the design of a natural style, but in recent years, professional designers have presented interesting projects that refute this rule. To imitate wild plantings, of course, you cannot use mono flowers. But in a romantic, modern, country-style landscape design, you can experiment with them quite freely.

Today, some confusion has arisen with the use of the term "mono flower", apparently connected with the difficulties of translation. Sometimes monochrome compositions are ranked as mono-flowers - made with a selection of plants in one color. But since we are talking about the concept of only a color palette and a fundamentally different principle of creating ensembles, an absolutely different method of constructing a composition, monochrome (monochromatic) flower beds cannot in any way be related to mono flowers.

Mono flowers - an element of decoration of a predominantly regular garden

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