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Flower Bed In The Sun - Nuances Of Creation And Choice Of Plants

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In any garden there is a place where all the plants "burn" in summer from the heat. Hot, dry, sandy, southern corners are a challenge for landscaping. In the spring, the first flowers are beautiful here and all perennials are not inferior in growth rate to the neighboring beds, but as soon as the heat and drought begins, the plants literally wither away. And if the drought can be compensated by care, the high temperatures and scorching sun is not so easy to eliminate. But even these places in the sun have their own stars. After all, in nature we often find plants that can put up with extreme heat, without losing their beauty.

Flower bed in the sun - nuances of creation and choice of plants
Flowering in the sun - the nuances of creation and choice of plants


  • Where should I break heat-resistant flower bed?
  • Precautions for planting and caring for plants in "hot" flower beds
  • Plants for places in the sun

Where should I plant a heat-resistant flower bed?

Determine places in the sun the hottest and driest easily - these are any areas where even unpretentious garden plants burn out, are in a depressed state or die in summer.

Hot spots in the garden are usually associated with south-facing slopes or sides of buildings - places where in the summer days and so difficult weather becomes almost extreme. But a similar landscaping problem is associated with other situations - large asphalt or concrete areas with open topography, areas between the garden and the street, near a driveway, near a pool or fully paved patio, a flower bed or flower bed along a path in an open space, and those areas where it is too hot even for a hardy lawn. All those places where extreme plant heat tolerance is needed.

A separate challenge for planning a seating area or flower bed is  these are projects that involve the use of decorative stone mulch, especially light gravel. Durable and luxurious, light stone in sunny areas results in increased temperature exposure to plants. It reflects the sun's rays and burns perennials. And when planning to use exactly stone mulch, it is better to think about the choice of drought-, and heat-resistant plants.

The soil characteristics of such sites can be both extremely dry - sandy, stony, and quite average by garden standards. Constant heat even initially normal soil dries so that the root system of plants suffers.

Cvetnik of heat and drought tolerant crops can also be used as an option for the garden, care for which they want to minimize, replacing the part of the lawn compositions or break them by small rainbows. Abandoning the classic beds in favor of hardy crops, you can achieve diversity and effectiveness, but not too burden the schedule of garden works.

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In areas that are considered too hot, you should break simple compositions - rabatka or flower gardens with a repeating pattern of planting. 4-6 species, selected primarily on the principle of endurance and contrast to each other, and a simple planting pattern that can be repeated until they fill the entire area - this is a great solution. Simple patterns can also be repeated for a narrow mixed border, a classic mixed-border, or a flowerbed that dilutes a dull picture.

Flower bed in the sun - nuances of creation and choice of plants
A flower bed of heat and drought tolerant crops can also be used as one option for a low-maintenance garden. © dyckarboretum

Precautions of planting and care of plants in "hot" flower beds

Selecting conditions for a flower bed and improving the soil, you should take care of a few important little things. The soil must contain good quality organic matter, preferably in the form of compost, which improves moisture retention without compromising other characteristics. The rhizomes of weeds are selected from the soil more carefully. And when placing the plants, it is worth controlling the distance between bushes more strictly, to give them a large area of nutrition and moisture absorption.

In such a flower bed or a flower garden, simple care is one of the main advantages. To keep plants happy for years to come, you need to take care of a few annual procedures:

  • remove dry plant debris, leaves and trash, dry clumps in early spring;
  • plant overgrown plants in a timely manner, not allowing to bare the center of clumps;
  • trim the early-blooming bushy perennials after flowering, so their greens can grow better in summer and slightly shorten the shoots of perennials that want to give a more compact and dense form;
  • Maintain a good layer of organic mulch (where decorative covering is not used);
  • if there is time and opportunity - trim the fading inflorescences and flowers to prolong flowering.
Flower bed in the sun - nuances of creation and choice of plants
To be highly decorative, plants in sunlight will require care. © imuasia

Plants for sunny spots

A bright and lush flower bed in the blazing sun is not such an unattainable task. Certainly, you will have to sacrifice something, and plants which are suitable for such conditions will yield to magnificent magnificent glorious flowerbeds. The ability to grow on southern slopes is commonly referred to as one of merits of perennials and annuals. It can also be judged by the origin of the plant - the natural habitat, also assuming constant overheating and the dominant dryness of the soil. But there are other criteria to look for:

  • silvery or grayish, protected by a dense pubescence;
  • narrow, grass-like, stiff leaves;
  • succulent, hoarding type of greenery.

Ability to withstand not only drought, but also heat due to these characteristics is more fully manifested in ornamental grasses, ochytes, wormwood, thyme, lavender, sage and cloves.

There are their favorites in the landscaping of sites in the sun. These plants do not lose the ability to develop at a good rate even where other species are far from comfortable. Valerian red, grey loafnut, blue loosestrife or lavender are the best species among perennials with a height of 50 to 90 cm.

Slightly lower, but also amazingly well cope with the extreme heat, white and yellow yarrow varieties (such as the legendary "Moonshine"; gaiardia large flowering, santolina, Steller's wormwood, cloves offer to complement them with interesting textural contrasts.

Low-growing, almost cushiony, growing in dense clumps of Cooper's delosperm, Callirosum blanket, variegated thyme, creeping cleansers will complete the picture in the foreground or fill in the clumps.

The choice is not limited to these crops. Miscanthus chinensis grows splendidly in the sun (but powerful, mature bushes and strong divisions should be planted), Perovskia lebifolia, fescue, kniphofia, eremurus, iris and the queen of endurance - Echinacea. Bulbs such as bluebells, muskrats, crocuses and species tulips are good. Even among lianas, there is a sunburn lover of its own - the lush and sprout-less, but fast-growing Baljuang's mountaineer. From shrubs, it is worth choosing caryopteris.

The absolute favorite among summer plants is verbena, especially dark purple, crimson varieties of hybrid origin and small height. Thick greenery and fragrant inflorescences, in the sunshine opening their scent to the maximum even in the most modest in this respect verbena hybrids are charming at first sight.

A great alternative to verbena is sage, but it does not show the same drought tolerance and at least at the initial stage, before flowering, will require frequent watering. Cosmies are much more stable in the sun, especially the low-height varieties, which hardly lose their abundant flowering in hot heat, as well as escholzia, zinnia and portulaca, which is a well-known favorite of southern slopes. In the spring, any plant is good in the flower bed. The grayish young leaves of yarrow and wormwood, playing in contrast with the delicate lettuce color of young valerian and delosperm will be replaced in May by pink blooms of valerian and a bright parade of verbena and delosperm.

They will be supported in summer by both valerian and yarrow. And when the main stars begin to fade, the luxurious foliage of wormwood, with its silvery texture and lacy shape, will once again bring the picture to life. The silver of wormwood will brighten up the fall as well, though many plants in ensembles will be able to please with continued or repeated blooms. And delosperma will pleasantly surprise also with the blush of the leaves.

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