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28 planter plants that last a long time
In the shade or in the sun, from spring until autumn and sometimes throughout the year, flowering plants and foliage plants will beautify your balconies and terraces. For endless pleasure, here is a selection of plants that will dress your planters, balconies and other suspensions for a long time ...
Full sun and 8 months of spectacular blooms
Often undemanding, always very generous, these flowering plants will dress your planters in the early hours of spring.
From April and until October, admire ...
Gazania. In milder climates, it will flower as soon as spring arrives and until the first frosts. It will be filled with a classic flowering plant soil, especially well draining, and will require little or no watering. It is under the sun that it will unfold its flowers, which you can choose according to your tastes from the wide range of colors and sizes.
For a carpet of small flowers - 5-8 cm in circumference, no more - bright orange, choose Gazania krebsiana.
For more height, choose Gazania Big Kiss White Flame: Its flowers, which look like large striped daisies, rise to 30 cm and are very elegant.
You can pair them with an armful of ’Osteospermum, which require the same cultivation conditions. For a volume effect, choose a white Cape daisy - Osteospermum Cape Daisy White - or the Summersmile Double Golden Yellow and its look of big golden daisies.
Gazania and Osteospermum both need 30cm in all directions to thrive.
Begonia semperflorens. While it is one of the few in the large begonia family to endure full sun, it will certainly appreciate partial shade in very hot rays. He likes peat-rich, well-drained soils. Water regularly but moderately and remove faded flowers as you go to boost flowering.
Choose Dragon Wing® for its drooping habit, shiny foliage and simple, bright red flowers. It will withstand the sun particularly well. Or combine several varieties for a super colorful mix. Allow a distance of 20 to 30 cm between each plant.
Bring verticality and lightness to your composition by associating it with a grass of full sun as Stipa tenuifolia. Its pretty blond, luminous and vaporous ears and the sobriety of its tones will further enhance the flowers of your begonias.
A little later - during the month of May - and until the first frosts, your planters welcome a growing variety of plants ...
Opt for Petunia, herbaceous plant requiring water and fertilization. Plant it in a rich substrate, regularly amended with liquid fertilizer and you will get an avalanche of flowers.
For spectacular suspensions, choose Surfinia®, its hanging port and its large choice of colors. For the “mini” version, choose a Calibrachoa, its multitude of small bell-shaped flowers and its delicate foliage. Finally, for more originality, dare the Petunia Night Sky. About 25 cm high, its flowers are like a starry sky with their bluish petals dotted with white shards. Depending on the variety, allow 15 to 30 cm of distance between each plant.
Also essential, the Pelargonium peltatum or geranium-ivy. In pots, tubs, planters, installed in a well-drained substrate, this great classic will delight you with its cascade of flowers, single or double, sometimes two-colored and you can mix the varieties without hesitation, leaving them a beautiful space for s 'flourish - at least 30 cm in all directions.
When we talk about beautiful flowers and generosity, we cannot ignore Bidens ferulifolia. To be planted in fertile soil, lightened by a little sand, enriched with a little slow-release fertilizer, leaving 30 to 40 cm between each plant. Make your choice according to your colorimetric preferences: gold for Yellow Charm, immaculate white for Pirate's Pearl, almost fluorescent pink for Stoplight ...
Less demanding in terms of maintenance and watering, but just as spectacular in flowering and diversity, the Cosmos. This annual from the same family as daisies will bring a romantic and rustic air to your balconies and terraces. The choice is endless, the varieties all more attractive than the others. Choose a mix of Cosmos sonata dwarfs all in white and pink, the delicacy of a pale yellow with 'Lemonade' or the deep red mixed with white of Cosimo Red and White. And if you are sensitive to unexpected scents, consider Cosmos Chocolat and its dark purple flowers from which emanates a delicious fragrance of cocoa.
For all these varieties of Cosmos, plan a good planting space and leave at least 50 cm between each foot.
To withstand very sunny exposure and high heat, delicious or some grasses. Planted in ordinary, well-drained soil, they will require little maintenance.
For the former, in the large family of purslane, choose Portulaca grandiflora. Semi-creeping, this large-flowered annual will cheerfully dress your planter with a thick carpet of cylindrical leaves and a very generous, lively or pastel bloom according to your wishes. They will only need a little space to settle, 10cm between each plant will be enough.
In suspension or planter, they will be joined by a selection of houseleek to which you will give a little more space (20 cm approximately between each plant). Their flowering will certainly be shorter than that of purslane but their persistent, original foliage of various shapes and colors will dress your balcony relentlessly. Let yourself be seduced by Sempervivum Chick Charms Gold Nugget, a small green “artichoke” that will be adorned with a flamboyant orange as autumn approaches.
As for grasses, aerial and graciles Pennisetum and their long, spike-like inflorescences will be the best effect.
Provide ample space to install them, at least 50 cm in all directions.
Of aromatics of full sun which will bring their silhouette, their blooming and their perfume. Install them in a suitable soil enriched with organic fertilizer, which will provide them with continuous nutrition.
Particularly suitable for growing in pots, planters or containers, the lemon verbena so-called fragrant or garden verbena with very decorative flowering settles in a light and well fertilized substrate. If you like bright and intense colors, choose Vepita Pearl Blue or Superbena Royale Red, respectively blue and red. A little taller at 30 cm, Superbena Coral Star will give you a two-tone bloom (pink and white) from early summer until mid-fall. As for Verbena bonarensis, it will bring lightness with its long stems (60 cm) topped with pretty lavender-colored bunches. All will be planted 30 cm away from other plants.
Some varieties of sage will adapt perfectly well to a balcony culture. Choose Salvia microphylla or jamensis, semi-shrub varieties that will bring verticality and dynamism to your plantations. The latter, with bright colors and subtly fragrant foliage, will flourish best in the sun but will adapt to a more shaded exposure. It can reach a meter in height and will offer an explosion of flowers with regular fertilizers. She will need some space, count at least two feet between each plant.
Always in verticality, and placed in larger planters, opt for an ultra-flowering plant, the Gaura. Very fast growing, a bushy habit full of character, it is easy to grow and not very demanding. Give it a well-drained substrate, a soil for flowering plants half mixed with sand, a draining layer at the bottom of the planter and moderate watering. For a tall plant (1.20 m) of infinite grace, choose Gaura lindheimeri "White". For a lower version, opt for a Lindheimer's Gaura 'Passionate Blush': purple foliage and deep pink blooms! Leave 50 cm between the plants.
Almost identical installation conditions for the Coreopsis which will also offer many varieties, all with a long and abundant flowering. Choose the Big Bang ‘Cosmic Eye’ for the originality of its red-brown flowers edged with yellow. Cut back any faded flowers as you go, and add enough water in drought conditions to ensure more generous blooms, all summer long and well into fall.
Do you know these flowers that protect your vegetable garden from harmful insects?
GARDENING - Some flowers can give you a little boost in the vegetable garden. Either by removing pests or by attracting the insects necessary for the development of crops.
Flowers in the middle of the vegetables in your vegetable garden? Absolutely ! They attract beneficial insects. Bumblebees, bees, butterflies and wasps play an essential role in the pollination of your plants.
The presence of these pollinators is necessary for the proper development of your tomatoes, eggplants, squash, cucumbers, beans or even zucchini.
Some flowers also repel other unwanted insects or fight disease development in your vegetable garden.
The key is knowing how to choose and marry them. You need at least 1/3 of flowers among your vegetables if you want them well protected.
It attracts hoverflies, insects whose larvae feast on aphids, which are harmful to your vegetables.
- white flies, which particularly attack tomatoes,
- Colorado beetles, pests of potatoes,
- the cabbageworm.
When to sow them ? In April.
- flea beetles, a beetle that attacks cabbages,
- nematodes and whiteflies on tomato roots.
The marigold generally reinforces the vigor of the vegetables in the garden.
When to plant them? The planting of marigolds bought in garden centers is done from April-May. Sowing is done in a greenhouse from March, before planting them in May.
It attracts aphids on itself, and therefore keeps them away from vegetables.
Nasturtium also attracts ladybugs which feed on aphids.
When to sow them? When the earth is warmed up, in May.
Borage attracts honey insects, which are essential for the development of tomatoes, zucchini, and other fruit vegetables.
- the tomato hornworm
- slugs and snails
When to sow it? From March.
If you plant forget-me-nots near your raspberry plants, they will ward off worms that can be fatal to them.
When to plant it? At the end of autumn, in the last days of November, at the beginning of December.
Thistle repels slugs and snails even though we would tend to mistake it for a weed. On the contrary, it is the ally of your vegetable garden.
When to plant it? In autumn.
These beautiful yellow flowers promote the development of cucumbers. We therefore do not hesitate to plant a few next to these.
When to sow them? The sowing period of sunflowers begins in spring under cover but it will be necessary to wait until May to sow them in the ground.
With lavender, ants and other aphids will turn away from your vegetable garden. A significant asset!
When to plant it? In the fall, although it is still possible to plant it in early spring.
What bulbs to plant for beautiful flowers throughout spring
Tulips, daffodils, and other hyacinths bloom in flower beds and pots in spring. It is therefore in the fall that they should be planted! And the big advantage is that not all tulips flower at the same time, neither daffodils nor hyacinths ... It is thus possible to have successive flowers from February until May! And without lifting a finger! Follow the guide.
February, the first flowers of the year
The snowdrop is aptly named. It blooms so early, in February, that it is not uncommon to see its flowers point their petals above the blanket of snow. Much less well known, eranthis (or winter aconite) blooms around the same time and sometimes even earlier. Its flowers resemble that of a buttercup or ficaria, emerging from a small crown of palmate leaves. The first daffodils also bloom in February. These include the 'Tête à Tête', 'February Gold' or 'Early Sensation' varieties. The 'Blue Pearl', 'Cream Beauty' and 'Ruby Giant' crocuses also start blooming in February. All these bulbs flower the sooner they are planted early, even as early as September!
In March and April
These are the two spring months when there are the most bulbs to bloom! It is the month of tulips, anemones, botanical tulips, the bulk of hyacinths, daffodils, crocuses, but also snowflakes. You just have to make your choice.
In May and June
May is the month of ornamental garlic and the explosion of all those usually purple balls atop tall poles. But it is also the month when camassias, fritillaria, grape hyacinths, ornithogales, ranunculus, which come alongside late tulips and daffodils, hatch. The taste of summer is given with lilies and eremurs.
For novices & experts
Flower bulbs are always more decorative when planted in large groups rather than single flowers scattered throughout the garden! The decorative effect is more successful with a large stain made with the same variety, than with several varieties mixed together. Make bulb pots by gathering the varieties by month of flowering. Put the pots in bloom near places of passage or in plain sight of the house, and interchange over the months. Within each pot, plant the bulbs of the tallest flowers in depth, then the others above, in successive stages.
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Undemanding, sagebrush thrives in the sun, in light, well-drained soil, rather calcareous, but it tolerates slightly acidic soils. It grows naturally without any problem in poor, stony soils, which favor the silvery color and a compact habit.
The arum appreciates a sunny but not scorching exposure, even partial shade. He loves light and is sensitive to cold and wind.
Arum prefers deep, rich and moist soil.
Despite its pungent side, the thistle shows a delicate and graphic bloom in pastel hues. It is found in the fields, but it can also be planted to take advantage of this summer flowering in the garden and then in bouquets where its rigidity will provide a beautiful structure. You will also pick flowering stems to dry them.
Thistle is one of the longest lasting cut flowers in bouquets, 3 weeks or more.
What flowers to plant at the end of winter?
In February, the garden gradually comes out of its winter dormancy. We take advantage of the slightest warmth to finish the winter plantings. And above all, we polish a floral decor in the garden as on the balcony for the seasons to come and even for now. It's good for morale !
Flowering shrubs to plant in February
A host of shrubs bloom in February and sometimes well before. Some are even deliciously scented. The deciduous species are planted from fall until early spring, take advantage.
In a mild climate, also plant the evergreen shrubs. You will wait a little month everywhere else. Protect them until then by placing them in a corner sheltered from cold drafts and cover them with a winter veil if severe frost is forecast.
- Solar flowers (bright yellow bloom): forsythia, mahonia, mimosa.
- The fragrant flowers: wood-pretty (Daphne mezereum), fragrant honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima), chimonanthus, male dogwood, witch hazel, sarcococca, winter viburnum (Viburnum bodnantense especially)
- The generous flowers: heather, camellia, laurel-tin.
- Flowers to discover: abeliophyllum or white forsythia, corylopsis, fothergilla, garrya.
The right gestures
- Outside of periods of frost and snow, dig a hole twice the size of the root ball.
- Improve the soil with a few handfuls of ripe compost or a store-bought organic amendment.
- Moisturize the root ball well in a bucket of water before planting.
- Water copiously and mulch with a 5 to 10 cm layer (mulch, bark, dead leaves).
The lianas blooming in February will help to blur the lack of volume and relief of the winter decor while offering color to the 3rd dimension.
- Discover the early clematis with finely cut evergreen foliage, Clematis cirrhosa, which produces a multitude of flowers of a beautiful cream hue punctuated with purple.
- Also think of the jasmine tribe. In a mild climate, adopt jasmine polyanthemum which is covered from February to April with deliciously scented white florets. Elsewhere, prefer the safe bet, winter jasmine (nudiflorum) whose many bright yellow flowers will illuminate a fence or an embankment. Only downside: it is odorless.
The right gestures
- Provide support from planting.
- Install the climbers in a corner sheltered from drafts and sunny to encourage generous flowering.
Perennial flowering plants to plant in February
The star flowers of February are undoubtedly the hellebores. Very hardy, these perennials, which thrive in the ground as well as in pots, flower for long weeks at the end of winter. They deploy large single, more rarely double, corollas. Their shades range from pure white to very dark purple through a wide range of pinks, creams, mauves, reds, sometimes speckled or veined with dark pink, and even green depending on the species chosen.
Their beauty, their beautiful longevity and their ease of culture (especially the Hellebores orientalis) make them essential in the winter decor of the garden, the terrace or the window sill.
Be sure to offer them a shaded or semi-shaded situation but no direct sun.
- The other perennial flowers "braving the cold" to plant in February: bergénia, wallflower (Erysimum), primrose, pulmonary, vinca (periwinkle).
The right gestures
- Plant them as soon as you buy them or group them together in a flowerpot or a basket filled with mulch or moss if the weather conditions do not allow planting.
- Rehydrate the cups or pots if necessary. No need to untie the hairy roots as you do with shrubs.
- Loosen the soil or potting soil in the desired location and position the plant so that the top of the root ball is flush with the soil level.
- Water and mulch with small pebbles or gravel to facilitate drainage at the root collar of the plant.
Jardiland advice: for an immediate or quick visual rendering, plant a large pot or at least 3 pots of the same plant.
Ephemeral flowers (biennials)
They have no equal when it comes to spicing up the garden or the terrace. They often offer a large choice of colors and shapes. However, avoid garish associations and limit yourself to two or three chosen colors by playing harmonies (monochrome) or contrasts.
Popular mayflies: wallflower ravenelle, forget-me-not, daisy, pansy, primrose, viola.
The right gestures
Planting biennial flowers is done in the same way as for perennials (see above).
Bulbs to plant in February
If you forgot to plant your spring bulbs in the fall, don't worry! Bulbs in flower or ready to flower, available in pots or in pots, make up for this oversight. You can then slip them into borders, beds, shrub cover or patio or balcony planters to give cheerfulness and color to the winter decor.
- “Special hotpot” bulbs: hyacinth, tulip.
- The bulbs which will naturalize (and become more numerous from year to year): crocus, cyclamen coum, ipheion, dwarf iris (reticulata and unguicularis notably), muscari, botanical narcissus and tulip, spring snowflake, snowdrops, scilla.
The right gestures
- Be careful to handle the root balls with delicacy, as they are fragile and brittle. Install them in a well-draining soil special type bulbs if you plant them in pots.
- For planting in the ground, mix the soil with gravel to lighten it if it is compact in nature.
- If you leave them in their initial container for the time of flowering, be sure to protect them from severe frost, because often forced, they are less hardy than the same bulbs installed in the ground in autumn.
- Finally, help the bulbs to build up reserves for the following year by giving them a littlespecial bulb fertilizer once or twice a month until the leaves dry out.
Be careful, it is essential not to cut the foliage of the bulbs before it dries up, even if it is not aesthetic. The bulb would fail to replenish its reserves and flowering would be reduced the following year.