The border is the border between the roadway and the sidewalk, a familiar and boring detail of the city landscape. It is functional and uninteresting, and we pay attention to curbs only in the spring, before the May holidays - they are then whitened ... They can look much more interesting in a country cottage - there they are painted in different colors, laid out of stones.
The form and material of which it is made, and color depend only on the imagination of the owner of the suburban area.
The most familiar material is stone. It is believed that it is this natural material that best distinguishes the border of a flower bed or lawn. However, the decoration of a flowering lawn with a living border will become more original. In many European countries, such borders are very popular, and the most suitable plant for them is boxwood. However, boxwood is not suitable for our climate of the middle strip - it is too thermophilic, in addition there are many “our” plants from which wonderful lively curbs come out. Many plants can play their role, the main thing is that their height does not exceed 40 cm, and the width is about half a meter. Subject to these conditions, the border will not interfere with the plants on the flowerbed, will not block their light. Low-growing shrubs are ideal plants for a border.
One of these plants for borders is dwarf spirea. This short bush blooms until mid-July with white flowers. It is unpretentious and feels good on any soil. One of the conditions for good growth of spirea is good illumination. Trim during the dormant period of the plant.
Cinquefoil Daurian (Kuril white tea) is distinguished by its durability. It grows well in dry and sunny areas, tolerates pruning and is ready to delight you with its flowers all summer. The cinquefoil is unpretentious and winters well.
In our opinion, the use of such spicy plants as mint, oregano or parsley - great idea. These plants perfectly play the role of a living border, and after trimming it, unnecessary leaves can immediately go to the kitchen and be used in cooking. Pay attention to mint. Its various types have different colors. So, for example, peppermint is dark green, sometimes with a red tint, and spikelet mint is light green, which is suitable for decorating flower beds in soft colors. Keep in mind that peppermint tends to grow enormously. Therefore, first of all, plant it in separate pots, and then dig them along the perimeter of the flowerbed. And don't forget to trim regularly.
Oregano designers appreciate not for its charming aroma, but for its unpretentiousness. She tolerates haircuts, grows well in dry and loose earth, loves sunlight. Parsley for a border it is better to choose a curly leaf, then the border will be more dense.
Plants for creating live borders
Marigold - One of the most popular annual plants that are used to create borders. The most successful for these purposes are marigold thin-leaved and deviated. Optimum height (15 -40 cm.), Fast growth, bright flowers and unpretentiousness - these are the qualities for which landscape designers appreciate these flowers. Marigolds are planted in the ground with either seedlings or seeds. The distance between the bushes should be 10 -20 cm.
Kohiya and homfena - annual plants. Cochia is called summer cypress. Its bushes have a spherical shape with a huge number of thin long leaves. Kokhiya prefers loose soil, non-acidic, dry. Gomphena is not picky. It is best to plant seedlings in the soil after spring frosts.
If you want to keep a lively curb as long as possible, then give preference medunice. It will grow in one place for many years, and your border will look great. It begins to bloom very early and can grow well in dark places.
There are some general rules for creating any living borders: a place must be freed from weeds and fertilized if the soil needs to be fertilized. Plants are planted with both seeds and seedlings. If you decide to use seedlings, then plant the seeds in separate pots, wait until they gain enough strength and plant them in the ground. We recommend planting plants (seeds or seedlings) in two rows. The distance between the rows should not exceed 15 cm. To achieve a sufficient density per meter, there should be 15 to 20 plants, depending on the species.
Imagine, experiment, combine live and stone borders. Surprise yourself and your loved ones with a variety!
Live borders (20 photos)