Plants for landscaping garden paths and steps
Almost all gardens have narrow paths and staircases, which are not always used, but only from time to time. They can be connected to neighboring plantations using small bushes, or plant suitable crops around them. In such cases, slabs and steps are not fixed with mortar and are not placed on a massive concrete foundation, since in the cracks (and also in cracks that have formed over time), certain plantations are grown between the stones, primarily familiar to mountain conditions and stony soils. In the cracks between the plates of paths and steps, they often find optimal conditions for their growth. But do not plant them too much, since the path should first of all fulfill its intended purpose. The middle of the track is best left free of plants.
What about the price - Sysolica acena - Acaena glaucophylla and small-leaved acena - Acaena microphylla. Both species are very similar to each other, form an even green carpet of bluish-green or brownish-green color. They can not stand too bright sun and shadow. On too wet and too dry areas are easily damaged during the wintering period. The most favorable landing sites are on the sides of the steps.
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Alissum - Alyssum silver - Alyssum argenteum and Alyssum rocky - Alyssum saxatile. Summer and spring grasses of stony soils have already been named and described among border plants. Both of these plants are very beautiful and take root well if you plant them at a short distance along the outer edge of the tracks from the slabs and on the sides of the steps.
Thrift - Armeria seaside - Armeria maritima. On beautiful, round evergreen shoots in May - June, white, pink or red flower heads the size of a cherry appear on sturdy stems. It needs loose, sand-gravel, humus-fertilized soil, the planting place is sunny. When the old shoots turn brown, on the inside of the plant you need to remove it from the ground, break the healthy shoots into several small parts and plant them in the designated place.
Wormwood is brilliant - Artemisia nitida. It forms flat, bright silver-gray shoots, very thin two-pinnate leaves have a fragrant smell. It is planted in dry cracks on gravel, if possible in sunny places.
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Acorella - Three-forked Azorella - Azorella trifurcata. An evergreen plant, lined with a completely low thick carpet, two-toothed, fork-shaped leaves collected in loose sockets.
Undersized and dwarf species Bell - Campanula. Small bells of a wide variety of types seem to be created for planting cracks and cracks between the slabs of walkways and stairs. They all love the sun, sandy, but humus-rich dry soils. At Campanula carpatica Campanula Campanula large, directly planted flowers appear in June and disappear in August. Campanula cochleariifolia (synonymous with Campanula pusilla), Gargan bell or star bell - Campanula garganica, Portenschlag bell or Serbian carpet bell - Campanula portenschlagiana - all these small plants flow down in the middle of summer and early in the middle. Barbed thornless - Carlina acaulis. He loves calcareous soils, reaches about 30 cm in height, and can grow in the driest and sunniest places.
Clove grass - Dianthus deltoides. Above the low grassy-green shoots on tall stems 10 to 30 cm high, its flowers turn pink, they are planted in deep slots in dry and sunny areas.
Krupka - Siberian Krupka - Draba sibirica. This small plant forms flat, only 5-8 cm tall shoots that are planted with elegant golden yellow flowers in May and June. Krupka Gaynalda - Draba haynaldii is very similar to her, is gaining color in April. Krupka is not at all adapted to scarce soils, it requires a lot of sun, stagnant humidity and winter dampness cause irreparable harm to it.
Epimedium, or Goryanka - Epimedium. Epimedium red - Epimedium rubrum, delicate flowers of this plant appear in April - May, and later beautiful foliage adorns bushes up to 30 cm high. It develops well in the shade of a tall tree. Epimedium rubrum can not be left under the bright rays of the sun, it is planted in half-shaded places, near the corner of rest or on the edge of the path, in large crevices filled with humus-rich soil that does not dry out even in summer. Epimedium multicolored - Epimedium versicolor stays green even in winter.
Geranium - Geranium. Dalmatian geranium - Geranium dalmaticum. Up to 10 cm tall, blooms in pink flowers; Album variety is pure white. Blood red geranium - Geranium sanguineum. This species, previously known as Geranium lancastriense, belongs to the number of creeping plants, has elegant, deeply cut leaves, and is unpretentious. The white “Album” is like a snow crane. Ash Geranium - Geranium cinereum. Better than this species, a variant of Geranium cinereum Subcaulescens, about 15 cm tall, with gray-green leaves, carmine-red flowers that appear in May and bloom until August. These plants are planted in crevices with scarce soil in sunny places.
Immortelle is sandy, or Sand Zmin - Helichrysum arenarium. This small modest whitish-gray fluffy plant, forming a loose turf, yellow flower boxes appear in July and remain until September on tall stems from 15 to 30 cm tall. Very unpretentious, grows on dry sandy soils in sunny places.
Hawk - Hieracium x rubrum. Above the dense gray-green leafy carpet, luminous, dark, orange-red flower boxes rise in the summer. He likes sunny or semi-shaded places on not too dry soils. Very well-growing Hawk orange-red - Hieracium aurantiacum. On the sandy pastures you can find a small hawk. Hairy hawk - Hieracium pilosella. In the modest gardens with a natural layout on sandy soil between the stone or at the edge of ordinary sand paths, this small plant looks great from May to October blooming beautiful yellow flower boxes.
Bloodroot - Potentilla. Golden cinquefoil - Potentilla aurea. Low, from 10 to 15 cm, its shoots in May and June are planted with golden yellow flowers, unpretentious, but loves the sun. In another species - the gold nugget - the flowers are even more beautiful. Tabernemontan's cinquefoil - Potentilla tabernaemontani. It is a plant of dry meadows and calcareous mountains, often called by its old name - Potentilla verna. In early spring, numerous yellow flowers appear above its low, dense deciduous carpet. The dwarf form of the cinquefoil barely reaches 5 cm in height, and sometimes even less.
Awl, or Star Moss - Sagina subulata. This is a completely flat growing soft culture of sandy fields, pastures and rocks with small white flower stars blooming from May to August. In bright sunshine and dry soil, the plant quickly burns out.
Saxifrage - Saxifraga. Juniper saxifrage - Saxifraga juniperifolia. It forms flat shoots with hard pointed leaves and gray-yellow flowers appearing in April - May. Saxifraga x haagii. This plant has large dark green shoots with dark yellow flowers, from 5 to 8 cm tall, blooms very early. Another species - Saxifraga Ferdinand - Coburg - Saxifraga ferdinandi - coburgi - comes from the Balkans, prefers exclusively calcareous soils, yellow flowers bloom in April - May. The Saxifraga crestata and Saxifraga portae, which bloom a little later, in May, as a nurse, are white, are very beautiful.
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Stonecrop, sedum - Sedum. Stonecrop is six-rowed, or Stonecrop is hexagonal - Sedum sexangulare. This plant is similar to Sedum Sedum - Sedum acre, which is a dangerous weed. The Lydian Sedum grows in the garden and Sedum lydium is absolutely low, has a very elegant appearance with white flowers and the Sedum dasyphyllum Sedum dyphyllum is from 3 to 10 cm tall with white, often reddish-white asterisks. All these types of stonecrop are planted in wide crevices and cracks in sunny places. They can be placed in light shade, but not on scanty, dry sandy soils. Soil saturated with nutrients is not recommended.
Zhivuchka, young - Sempervivum. These plants with fleshy rosettes of leaves are real magicians, capable of reviving even the most unsightly cracks and crevices with their various shapes and colors. Rosettes are small, as if shrouded in silver, and large green, copper-red, silver-green.
In June or July, yellowish, pink or red flowers bloom. Watering them is not necessary. Sandy soils that are too dry are unfavorable for them; soft loams with a lot of humus are more suitable for them. Survivors love the sun, but they endure a sparse shadow. The Molotov cobweb - Sempervivum arachnoideum - rosettes of flowers shrouded in thin hairs. Flowers from pink to red. Sempervivum zelebori Sempervivum zelebor has larger green rosettes with short green hair and yellow flowers.
The green spherical Molodok Transcaucasia - Sempervivum transcaucasicum - small, almost spherical green-yellow rosettes of flowers, the Roof young Roofing - Sempervivum tectorum .Glantum - large green rosettes with red-brown tips, the Sempervivum "triste" - pink flowers. There are many hybrids of survivability: black-brown - Sempervivum "Gamma", a large olive-green-brown - Sempervivum "Mahagonistern", red-brown with a purple tint - Sempervivum "Topas".
Thyme, or Thyme - Thymus. Creeping thyme - Thymus serpulluni. Perfectly flat, pale green shoots are covered in June - July with the most delicate fluffy flowers of the color of a wild rose. He loves sunny and dry places, skinny sandy soils, they are planted with not very narrow slots so that the plant can grow a little. One of its species - gray-green Thyme hairy - Thymus villosus - blooms somewhat later and very little. Lemon-smelling thyme - Thymus x citriodorus - a low plant and more bushy than the previous one, with the smell of a lemon.
Veronica prostrate - Veronica prostrata (synonym for Veronica rupestris). Creeping May Veronica prostrate grows to about 10-20 cm, there are various varieties with white, pale blue and blue flowers.