Annual and biennial flowers recommended for planting in bowls and tubs
Garden snapdragon, or Antirrinum- Antirrhinum majus. The dwarf variety ‘Wundertcppich’ reaches only 20 cm in height. Seedlings are grown under glass in March. Other information about it is given in the section "Border plants."
Garden aster - Callistephus chinensis. Grows in sunny places, flowering time from July to September. Dwarf varieties are most suitable for growing in vessels. Dwarf aster - ‘Blutenteppich’ 15 cm tall, begins to bloom in August. Erfurt's dwarf asters, which bloom as early as July, are slightly taller. Astra seedlings are grown in March - April under glass, until the seedlings appear, the crops are kept in the dark, since the seeds do not germinate in the light.
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Dahlia - Dahlia pinnata. Dwarf dahlias are especially convenient for growing in bowls and tubs. Mignon is relatively undersized - 25-40 cm tall, standing in bloom from July to the first autumn frosts; these are very unpretentious decorative plants with bright flowers. They are planted in large bowls with a not very high dahlia variety - Ball and Pompon, or with a modestly blooming ‘Olympic Fire’ with a dark red shade of leaves, or with a small cactus-like dahlia ‘Andries Orange As’.
Balsam - Impatiens walleriana. It grows in partial shady and shady places, blooms continuously throughout the year, is very sensitive to cold snap, so it is rarely seen in the garden. It looks especially good in vessels that are kept in the winter in a not very cool room by the window, and in the spring they are taken out into the open air. Seedlings are grown from February to April under glass, warm, after the appearance of sprouts, the temperature is reduced, and seedlings are transplanted into vessels at a relatively large distance from each other. Grassy cuttings of the mother plant are cut and placed in a mixture of sand and organic fertilizer under glass - for rooting. Cutting plants bloom almost immediately after planting. Most suitable for tubs are ‘Orangezwerg’, Scharlachzwerg, Rosazwerg - no more than 15 cm tall.
Kokhiya crown - Kochia scoparia. This annual plant, reaches up to 1 m in height, is highly branched and densely strewn with thin, delicate green leaves. Prefers sunny and partial shady areas. They are planted separately or in small groups of two or three specimens in large bowls between low annual flowers. Seedlings are grown under glass in March, then seedlings are transplanted into vessels, and in May they are taken out into the open air.
Lobelia longis - Lobelia erinus. It grows in sunny places, from June to September, bluish-white and pink flowers bloom. Low - from 10 to 20 cm - plants with thin leaves and countless small flowers are convenient for planting between other annual flowers along the edges of a bowl or tub; красиво Rendula ’stems sag especially nicely around the edges. Seedlings are grown under glass.
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Lawn maker, or Lobularia - Lobularia maritima var. benthamii. Low-growing herbaceous plants, they are described in more detail in the section "Border plants". They sag especially and luxuriantly along the edges of the bowl, set under the higher annual flowers. When applying a large amount of fertilizer, they quickly grow, but they bloom a little. Seedlings are grown in April on protected ground.
Nemesia - Nemesia strumosa. Grows in sunny places, flowering time - from June to late autumn, with late flowering, the plant is carefully cut. The best showed themselves low - up to 20 cm tall - ‘Triumph’ - ‘Mischung’, whose flowers are varied in color. Propagated by seedlings (grown in April under glass) or seeds. Seedlings are planted in the middle of May in bowls and tubs.
Varieties of petunias - Petunia. It is a long flowering plant. Growing them is not very easy. Their varieties are divided into 12 groups. Most suitable for planting in bowls and tubs are varieties of the Pendula group and the dwarf group Grandiflora. These leafy plants do not exceed 25 cm in height. Dwarf Grandiflora - Fimbriate varieties, such as ‘Abendsonne’ or ‘Spitzen-schleier’, have fringed flowers. Somewhat folded inward flowers at Grandiflora - Superbissima.
Varieties of marigolds multiflorous - Tagetes erecta and Tagetes patula. Plants up to I m tall, they have double flowers.
They are very comfortable for planting between low varieties of Patula. They all love the sun and cannot tolerate soils that are oversaturated with nutrients, on which they quickly grow, but bloom very little. Their varieties Tagetes Erecta - cloves blooming; ‘Frills’ flowers are golden orange; ‘Poldi’ is golden yellow; ‘Orangeprinz’s are orange; ‘Zitronenprinz’—. lemon yellow, Tagetes Patula low, double flowers. In dwarf varieties Plena - ‘Goldkopfchen’ flowers are golden yellow; .Orangeflamme ’- orange; ‘Tangerine’ has orange flowers, fast-growing and early flowering plants.
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Varieties of garden violets - Viola Wittrockiana. Seedlings are grown under glass. Until seedlings appear, the sowing is kept in a dark place, constantly moistening the soil. Fortified seedlings are planted at a considerable distance from each other. There are different varieties of violets: Erfurt early flowering Riesen with early large flowers of pure colors; Pirna winter-flowering varieties, leafy and very winter-hardy; Swiss Riesen with very large, beautifully shaped flowers of exquisite shades that appear only in April, but remain until mid-summer.
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