Mesembrianteum is a rather rare flower in our country. Its seeds are not sold everywhere; reference books for gardeners also rarely mention it. But those who chose this plant to decorate their garden area remain its fans forever. In the mesembriantemum, both leaves and flowers have excellent decorative properties. In the shade, the plant can be grown as a ground cover - there will be no luxurious flowering, but the earth will be covered with a carpet of amazing dense leaves with growths in the form of dew drops.
The leaves of the mesembrianteum are succulent - fleshy, dense, thickened. When they grow, they branch strongly and spread along the ground, so that the plant can be used as a ground cover. People call it glass (ice, crystal) grass - and not without reason. The dense leaves are covered with growths that look like water droplets, ice crystals, or tiny pieces of glass. The complex name of the plant in translation means a midday flower - beautiful bright inflorescences of many types of mesembryanthemum open only on a sunny day. On a gloomy day and in the evening, the buds close.
Every owner wants his garden to be something extraordinary. This can be achieved by using live decor. Agree that the unusual appearance and beauty of this flower allows you to create amazing compositions
Dorotheanthus is the name of one of the varieties of a flower, translated as a flower bestowed by God. Probably so it was named for its exceptional beauty and uniqueness. It is the dorotheanthus that we most often use in landscape design. Dorotheanthus bellidiformis daisy is versatile - graceful, bright flowers accentuate the line of the garden path border, with the help of monoplanting you can create a beautiful flower bed, colored spots of dorotheanthus on a carpet planting will delight you starting in July. Dorotheanthus is also good in combination with other, taller flowers, for example, bells, roses.
Dorotheanthus in combination with tall flowers - delicate pink and lilac bells. Although this is an African guest, the composition looks natural and natural.
An alpine slide, where this flower predominates, may well become the central composition on the site. Flowers of fantastically bright colors against the background of stones of any shape and size (large pebbles, boulders, granite blocks) are simply eye-catching. Not only the rock garden, any rocky garden where the dorotheanthus grows will be in the spotlight. Only dorotheanthus of various colors can be used on an alpine slide; combinations with other plants can be created.
Fragile, delicate and bright glass chamomile in the rock garden looks very impressive against the background of stones. The plant is unpretentious - it is enough to place the rock garden in the sun, and the dorotheanthus does not like abundant gravy
If you place gravel, crushed stone or small pebbles under the leaves of the plant, it will feel better, because a layer of stones will protect the leaves from damp earth. Leaves with droplets, bright flowers against a stone background already form a spectacular composition. Dorotheanthus blooms from mid-July to cold weather, but even when there are no flowers, leaves perform a decorative function. If you like unusual shoots of the plant, it can be used as a groundcover in shaded plantings.
Bright bushes of dorotheansus against the background of rubble and stones. The plant can be planted in groups in a gravel garden, placing interesting color accents, and in a rock garden you can use it with any stones
Glass grass is also suitable for planting in pots and flowerpots. In order for the composition in a flowerpot or pot to be luxurious, lush, you need to plant several plants in one container.
Bright, sunny compositions form dorotheanthus in flowerpots, hanging pots and pots, the plant is also well suited for elevated flower beds
The flowers of the dorotheanthus are quite large - up to 4 cm in diameter, their color can be different - orange, purple, white, burgundy, red, pink. Two-tone flowers and flowers with stamens of a different color are especially interesting. This is a real miracle of nature, a flower bestowed by God that you want to consider endlessly. Planters and flowerpots with dorotheanthus can be hung or put on the veranda, terrace, at the entrance to the gazebo.
The most popular varieties:
The varieties bred by modern breeders have an undeniable advantage - their flowers do not close even on a gloomy day.
Crystal chamomile has many varieties - this variety resembles both chamomile and graceful chrysanthemum. Heat-loving flowers open their petals towards the bright sun
Dorotheanthus is a plant from South Africa, so it loves the sun and does not like abundant watering. Do not expect beautiful flowering from shaded plantings. Flowers with thin, graceful petals, reminiscent of daisies, will decorate the southern slopes, dry retaining walls. Excess moisture is harmful to the African guest, you don't need to worry about frequent watering. At home, the most beautiful, exotic species of mesembriantemum grow and bloom in dry sandy soil.
Dorotheanthus forms a magnificent carpet planting - the shoots of plants growing nearby intertwine, forming a carpet decorated with numerous colorful flowers. If bulbous and corms have faded on your site, it will be decorated with a mesembriantemum blooming before the cold weather. You can choose any flowers for carpet planting - a flower bed of multi-colored and monochromatic plants is equally good.
Carpet planting of glass chamomile on clay soil. While other plants, more familiar to us, prefer moist soil and partial shade, dorotheanthus forms beautiful living carpets on dry sandy and clay soil.
Luxurious mono-planting of lilac mesimbriantemum - the earth is covered with a luxurious living carpet, behind which, moreover, no complicated care is required, each flower is decorated with drops of frozen glass
Since glass chamomile feels good in sandy soil in the sun, you can create conditions close to natural for it - in a sunny sandy place this flower will be the brightest and most spectacular annual.
The versatility of the plant allows it to be used as a decorative element in any garden area. With its brightness and grace, the mesembriantemum will decorate the shore of an artificial reservoir, an unsightly chain-link fence will become invisible against the background of its rich shades, and if you plant this flower by the path, a walk along it will be very pleasant.
Glass grass is a bright living decor by the path and by the chain-link fence in combination with roses. Due to its excellent decorative qualities, the plant can hide an unsightly hedge, decorate the simplest pot or flowerpot
Some types of mesembryanthemum, like other flowers from warm countries, are grown here as annuals and as perennials. Dorotheanthus is an annual, unpretentious in care, growing well, not afraid of cold snaps.
A lovely crystal chamomile can be an exotic decoration for your garden if you choose this guest from Africa.
Such exotic varieties of mesimbriantemum grow in the homeland of the plant, in South Africa, and they grow practically on dry sand. Our plant is mainly an annual, but it grows well if you follow simple rules.
You can combine flowers of various shades, make mono-plantings, combinations with other flowers, decorate the garden with flowerpots and pots. Flowers with their positive energy always cheer up, and an unusual mesembriantemum for us will delight you with its beauty, even when all the usual summer flowers fade or suffer from frost.
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All about growing fruits and vegetables
It is impossible to live in the countryside and not grow any fruit crops on your site. Even if there is only one hundred square meters of land near your house, sooner or later you will plant an apple or cherry tree on it and, at least, organize a vertical bed for greenery. Because there is nothing tastier than home-grown fruits, vegetables, berries and even mushrooms. And, given the fact that it becomes more and more difficult to buy really healthy fruits in a store or on the market (not processed excessively with chemistry) every day, then your own garden and vegetable garden is just a necessity. Our heading was created so that you can easily and with pleasure learn how to get results from your work in the garden and in the beds.
An experienced summer resident knows what a long way all the fruits that fall on his table from his own garden or vegetable garden go. How much work, how much attention is put into each cucumber or apple! And how much joy the tender greens bring, the first to hatch from under the snow in spring. How much pride you can feel when you grow the largest onion in the area! The materials of our section will help experienced summer residents and, especially, beginners to understand all the intricacies of growing garden and vegetable garden crops. How to keep seedlings until spring? How to prepare good seedling soil? How to cover strawberries for the winter? The list of questions to which the materials of this section give answers has long exceeded a thousand. And our authors work every day to replenish them. If you have your own orchard and vegetable garden and, even more so, if you are only planning them, visit us more often, and growing your own vegetables, fruits, berries, herbs and mushrooms will turn into a favorite hobby. You can share your achievements on this front in the relevant topics of the Botanichki Forum.
The basic principle of the idea for decorating a garden with sculptural figures is this: they must be of good quality, carefully made.
The best option is ceramic or a special polymer resin.
Hand-painted figurines are especially chic. Avoid cheap plastic stamping and overly repetitive designs, and remember to decorate your garden with the style of the garden. However, not everything is clear with stamping: a lot depends on the manufacturer. Sometimes in stores there is literally nothing to take, and in the markets you can buy beautiful plastic figurines, but skillfully painted, in which the material is completely unobtrusive. The advantage of garden figurines is that they are mostly small items, they are easy to rearrange, combine, and store in winter. And also - it is quite possible to make them yourself. This is a chance to get unique items that you will not find in any other garden.
The figurines can be used in two ways. Firstly, they are used by themselves, and secondly, as components of various thematic corners, landscape miniatures. In any case, figurines and sculptures are creative elements on your site.
In addition to figurines and sculptures, there are some other items that can also be attributed to garden decorations.
These are containers for plants, but only original, beautiful, artistic plant supports, plug decorations, bird feeders and garden hanging modules, decorative balls for flower beds and decorative bridges.