Most of us have small household plots, so the lack of free space, according to many summer residents, is an urgent and widespread problem. And if we usually have enough space for growing trees and vegetables with berries, then there is often no free space left for flower beds. What about the walls along the house, we ask. And you will probably throw up your hands and say that this is a very problematic location. Today we will try to prove to you that this is not the case. And that decorative crops can be safely planted along the walls of the house. The main thing is to choose them correctly.
Attention to the microclimate near the wall
The first and most important thing to consider when choosing plants for planting along the walls of the house is the microclimate that reigns there. And the microclimate, in turn, depends on the side of the world that the wall is looking at. Below we list a few nuances that will help you correctly plan a flower garden along the wall of the house.
- North Face. If the area where you plan to set up a flower garden comes into contact with a wall that faces north, this is bad. In the sense that you have to sweat a little in order to organize a beautiful flower bed. But know: nothing is impossible. The main difficulty lies in the fact that pitch darkness usually reigns under the northern wall. And due to the fact that the sun practically does not get here, the soil in this area, as a rule, is very waterlogged. However, such a microclimate is a real blessing for evergreens. They love moisture. And protection from the bright sun in the spring and winter seasons is a vital necessity for these representatives of the flora. Another contender for this site is shade-tolerant perennials. In early spring, snow does not melt for a long time from the side of the northern wall of the house. In such conditions, rhizome perennial plants are very comfortable. In addition, such a microclimate allows them to spend the winter calmly and feel protected from frost all winter.
- South face. With the south side of the house, everything is much easier than with the north. Almost any plant can be planted here. Except perhaps those listed in the previous paragraph and do not like sunlight and dry soil. However, in the case of the flower bed along the southern wall, there is one snag. If there is not too much space between the wall and the fence, and the fence is solid and practically not ventilated (that is, not from a chain-link, for example, but from corrugated board), the flowers that are planted at this location can be very hot in the summer. They can suffer from excessive UV radiation and high temperatures. Therefore, this moment must be taken into account when breaking a flower bed.
- Western wall. The flower garden, organized along the western wall of the house, is a real paradise for thermophilic decorative crops that love to bask in the warmth of the sun, but do not like direct sunlight. The advantage of the western wall is that it accumulates the sun's heat no worse than the southern one. However, at this location, there is no aggressive ultraviolet radiation and direct rays that can burn juicy leaves. In general, any plants can be planted along the western wall. Except for those cultures for which sunlight is vital throughout the day.
- East wall. The eastern side of the house is considered the most insidious. The main difficulty is that during the day the temperature in this area can “jump” strongly, changing either to a higher or to a lower side. And this, as you know, will not please every decorative culture. When the sun rises, the soil on the east side of the house warms up faster than the rest. But in the evening it cools down the fastest, since in the afternoon the sun no longer falls on it. Therefore, when choosing plants for a flower bed along the eastern wall, it is important to take this nuance into account. And by the way, if you live in the southern region, then the eastern wall can be an excellent outpost for plants that need protection from morning frosts.
A multi-component mixborder is unlikely to look good in these conditions. Unlike a ribbon flower garden, which includes three or four crops, and which, in turn, will alternate with each other. Ground cover plants should be used as a plant barrier in such a flower garden, and the soil can be safely mulched with decorative materials. It will turn out to be restrained, minimalistic, but very beautiful.
Due to the fact that the flower bed along the house is usually narrow, you should not rely on a wide palette of colors. Two colors will be enough to make this flower garden spectacular and attractive. If the section along the wall is not just narrow, but very narrow, it makes sense not to spray on different decorative crops, but to choose only one - the most suitable one. A mono flower in such a situation is exactly what you need.
Choosing plants for planting along the house
In fact, creating a beautiful flower garden along the wall of the house is a simple task that even a novice florist can handle. The main thing is to take into account the nuances of the site and correctly choose the inhabitants of the flower garden. And since we have dealt with the first one, we propose to move on to the second. So, what properties should perennials have that will feel comfortable in the location between the wall of the house and the fence?
First, they must have stamina. Capricious representatives of the flora will not take root here. The plant should not be too demanding for watering. It is important that it is durable and blooms for a long time. It will be cool if the perennials of your choice can form into clumps. And it is also important that the plants have some kind of zest. For example, decorative patterns on leaves or beautiful fruits. After all, the wall of the house is a pretty boring background. Therefore, it is important that something especially beautiful grows against this background.
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