Hosts in the landscape design of the site: decorating the shady areas of the garden

Plants that amaze with amazing beauty and are able to maintain attractiveness throughout the season are welcome guests on suburban areas. One of these representatives of the plant world is the hosta, which can rightfully be considered the princess of any flower bed. The picky and unusually beautiful hosta plant is very popular in landscape design. In a flower garden, on a rocky hill or by a pond, the plant never ceases to delight in an endless variety of varieties and amazing colors.

Wonderful plants with large leaves, painted in all sorts of shades of green, often occupy one of the central places in flower arrangements. Landscaping with hosts is particularly elegant and sophisticated: elegant flower arrangements, complemented by decorative leaf hosts, look just amazing.

Hosts that form airy green pillows, visually softening the transitions between beautifully flowering elements of the flower garden, are able to bring harmony to the composition

The main advantage of these plants, beloved by many gardeners, is the ability to grow in any conditions. Hosta perfectly coexists with many plantings, which is an important factor in the arrangement of landscape design. Absolutely unpretentious plant calmly tolerates both a small partial shade, and so dense shading. But still, the plant feels most comfortable in slightly shaded areas, hidden from direct sunlight and strong gusts of wind.

In tandem, you can pick up other shade-loving plants for it:

When choosing a place to place hosts, many gardeners use a little trick. Initially acquiring two copies of a plant, they plant them in different parts of the site, and a year after planting, according to the appearance of the plants, the saturation of shades and the amount of increased green mass, they determine the most suitable place for the hosts.

The queen of the shade is very popular among gardeners also because it differs not only in unpretentious care, but also in durability. Long-livers perennials are able to maintain decorativeness for 20-25 years. Hosts are very popular and arrangers: plant leaves are used to create flower arrangements and bouquets.

Species and varietal variety of host

Depending on the height of the plants, decorative leaf hosts can act as components of landscaping for a wide variety of landscape design elements:

  • Ground covers, the height of which does not exceed 20 cm, great for rockeries, rocky slopes and semi-shady corners of the garden.
  • Low varieties up to 30 cm high will serve as elements of container gardening. They are perfect for decorating borders and mixborders.
  • Samples 30-45 cm high will act as a background for flower compositions of natural landscape designs. They look great as solid carpets that act as a backdrop for medium-sized garden flowers: gladioli, lilies, delphiniums.
  • Plants 45-60 cm high will become a worthy framing of ponds and garden paths. Planted next to each other, they create a graceful, beautiful backdrop for flowering plantings.
  • The tallest specimens, the height of which exceeds 60-80 cm, look most impressive as single plantings in areas with large areas.

The leaves can be round, heart-shaped or narrow, depending on the plant variety. The texture of the leaves can also be completely varied: smooth and corrugated, crinkled and wrinkled, shiny and matte, with a metallic sheen and waxy bloom.

Hosts, a variety of which has about 50 species, are famous for their unusually beautiful foliage and the ability to maintain decorativeness not only during the flowering period, but throughout the season.

A plant capable of forming dense foliage caps is often used as carpet plantings, through the dense foliage of which weeds simply cannot break through.

The main decoration of the hosta is the root foliage of various textures and colors, which grows during the season into spherical openwork pillows with a diameter of about a meter

During the flowering period, the hostu is decorated with white, pinkish or lilac bell-shaped flowers. Towering on tall stalks above the green foliage, they create a stunning picturesque picture.

In addition to the traditional green foliage colors, the palette of plant shades is also very diverse, ranging from pale yellow and cream to deep green and blue leaves that can create an incredibly beautiful background. In landscape design, plant varieties are most often used, forming bushes with a height of 40 to 100 cm, decorated with leaves from 6 to 35 cm long.

What varieties are considered decorative?

Lush pillows, as if woven from gray, blue and golden leaves, are able to bring extraordinary colors to the garden's palette.

Perhaps the most common variety, which has long taken root in suburban areas, is the plantain hosta. The plant, decorated with large light green leaves, is capable of forming pillows 60-80 cm high

Breeders never cease to amaze, creating new varieties that amaze with the contrast of shades and texture of foliage. The most decorative are two and even tricolor hosts.

'Whirlwind' with white leaves bordered by an apple-green outline - a bright representative of tricolor varieties of perennial beauties

The ‘Striptease’ variety, decorated with a graceful whitish strip that breaks through the center of the leaf through a rich wide dark green border, looks no less impressive.

One of the latest trends in host breeding is the creation of varieties with a wavy edge of the leaf blade.

The varieties ‘Medusa’, decorated with a curtain of green-yellow foliage and ‘Hudspan Heron’ with bright green fan-shaped leaves, have a special charm.

A feature of varietal plants is a slow build-up of mass. Such hosts gain sufficient decorativeness only for 4-5 years, and they are fully capable of showing their beauty only at the age of 8-10 years. Gradually from year to year, forming larger and larger leaves, which acquire the characteristic color and shape of the variety, small nondescript bushes turn into real queens of the flower garden.

How to contrast compositions and shapes

To create a bright contrasting flower garden, the elements of which, harmoniously complementing each other, form an integral picturesque picture, a number of points should be taken into account.

Lush host bushes with leaves of a uniform color in landscape design play more of a background role. They go well with garden plants: astilbe, peonies, bleeding centers, ferns.

In appearance, the flowers of the dicentra resemble small hearts. Caring for these plants comes down to a few rules:

The decorative role of a single planting is more assigned to large varieties and specimens with two or three-colored leaves. Such variegated bushes outwardly resemble large flowerpots placed in the corners of the garden, filled with huge bouquets.

Plants with small foliage will become successful partners for the host: purple periwinkle, subulate phlox, blue forget-me-nots, poppy and rhododendron

Decorative varieties of conifers help to effectively emphasize the spreading and beauty of the hosts.

Bright contrasts of the composition can be obtained by planting grassy plants with a different shade of leaves not far from the host, for example: Heuchera with purple foliage or Horny Goat weed with burgundy leaves

The material on planting and caring for geyhera may also be helpful:

The vertical accent of the plant composition is given by phlox, kupen and daylilies. Cereals such as miscanthus and reed grass help to complete the composition.

Proper care of such a plant

To create a beautiful and durable garden design, you should take into account the peculiarities of the cycle of the ornamental plant. When choosing plants, one should focus not only on the illumination of the site, but also on the composition, moisture level and acidity of the soil.

For host cultivation, areas that are shaded in the afternoon, with neutral, slightly acidic soils, are best suited. It is important to know that hosts do not like stagnant water, which negatively affects their root system.

The ideal option for planting a plant is a cultivated, fertile and well-drained soil, in which there are many earthworms and microorganisms that saturate it with oxygen

With regard to lighting, not all varieties prefer shaded areas. In the shade, hosts with leaves of blue and gray shades prefer to grow. And in well-lit areas, two and three-color varieties with white, yellow and golden leaves show the greatest decorative effect.

Sun-loving host varieties: Sum and Substance with heart-shaped leaves, Zounds with bright yellow foliage and Great Expectations with cream-colored leaves framed with bluish braid

Hosts are frost-resistant and therefore do not require additional shelter in winter. Having planted a plant in a permanent place in spring or in the first half of autumn, it is enough to periodically feed it with organic fertilizers in the future. A host can grow in one place for more than 10 years.

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Larch cutting

At the mention of a large private house, not only the building itself, but also a magnificent garden appears before the inner gaze of any person. Improving the garden area with your own hands is difficult and requires not only material and time costs, but also the appropriate knowledge in landscape design. And although not every person can boast of such knowledge, many people know that larch is one of the most popular plants in landscape design.

There are several varieties of larch and they are all equally valuable in gardening. They serve to create a contrast with evergreen trees or, when planted alone, attract attention as a solo. For hundreds of years, these trees have remained one of the favorite objects of designers.

Unfortunately, larch trees are of little use for curly haircuts, but at the same time they can tolerate pruning well. There are several ways to form the crown of a tree. First, it is the removal of large branches and branches in early fall or spring. Secondly, it is the removal of young shoots. The second option allows the plant to acquire bushiness and a dense crown.

The ideal time for annual pruning is the period when young shoots have already completed active growth, but have not yet become stiff. Some people mistakenly believe that pruning is necessary solely to give the plant a non-standard shape: a ball, an oval, or umbrellas located one above the other. This is not entirely true. The same procedure is used to control the height of the tree. It is important to maintain the golden mean in the matter of pruning larch: a large tree takes too much time, but too large-scale processing negatively affects the density of the crown. The flexibility of young larch trees gives the designer a unique opportunity to intertwine branches. Combining the techniques of pruning and weaving larch branches, a landscape designer is able to create a fairy tale in the most ordinary garden.

The Soveren company is ready to provide services for pruning conifers on your garden plot in Moscow or the Moscow region. We love our work and are ready to take proper care of your trees. Our studio is ready to discuss all the details of the upcoming work, explain the need for certain actions, and then proceed with the work. At the end of the work of our company's employees, the trees in the customer's garden will change beyond recognition and will delight the owners for a long time.


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