Planting of greenery
What a garden without trees? They are its main structural elements, they carve and sophisticate garden space, make it interesting, they form classical park units - alleys, groups, flowerbeds, groves, and solitaires (isolated expressive trees). Only trees can balance massive buildings, without trees they would look bulky and awkward. Trees make a garden complete. They can create a special mood: dark alleys with tall lindens seem romantic, fine willows by water look melancholic, fruit garden with human-size trees create coziness. Trees live long, which gives them an advantage in comparison to other plants. On the other hand, it takes time for them to grow mature and impressive. In our opinion, this game is definitely worth the candles.
To plant a tree and watch it growing is pure pleasure, especially if you plant it to honor an important family event – on a marriage day or when a child is born. However, if do not have “green fingers”, as the British say, and are not keen on landscape design to plant trees yourself – we can help and do it for you or together with you. Lady and gentlemen, plant trees! Needless to say, this is one of the pastimes everyone should try.
One day, in the beautiful morning, you will walk out onto the porch of your house, and trees planted by your own hands will friendly wave their branches at you in the light spring wind. Trees are like children; while growing, give us bother, but then repay a hundredfold and become a source of pride and respect. These creatures will outlive us, but their roots will keep the warmth of our hands.
Bushes are the middle class of garden society, its main connecting link. No garden can do without bushes. They irreplaceable in regular units, they build up romantic growth, coulisses; they form picturesque groups shading flowerbeds and framing lawns. Green hedges protect from eyes, optically expand the garden volume and the land plot area. Even young gardens look complete and mature with bushes; they delight the eye all year round.
Ericaceae – first of all heathers and rhododendrons – have become popular among Central Russian gardeners just lately; now they gain the affection of garden owners and find their place in gardens of all styles and sizes. Multiple varieties of heather interlace in vivid wavy carpet – from white to dark purple, some heathers have golden-yellow or silver-grey leaves. In mass, heathers create fabulous picture due to the most exotic and constantly changing combinations. Finally, heathers easily put up with infertile sand or acid soil; they blossom from the end of summer until the first snow.
Rhododendrons relate to heathers. Many of their variations, including those that survive our winters, have leathery evergreen leaves that make they look exotic against our birch trees and pines even without their amazing flowers. By the way, pines make perfect neighbors with rhododendrons, because the latter prefer transparent half-shade, just like the one under the canopy of light pine forest. The blooming peak for various types of rhododendrons in our climate falls to the end of spring – the beginning of summer.
No garden can exist without conifers. Their crown is ever thick, their leaves are evergreen (larch is an exception, it shed leaves in winter). The permanence of their outline is beneficial for a landscape designer, it gives the opportunity to create compositions holding their forms regardless of a season. Sounds boring? What about that happy feeling when you see a green fir tree in front of your house on Christmas Eve decorated with your own hands, sparkling with silvery garlands, shining with hundred lights? Doesn't it create a magic feeling that turns the most respectable adults into careless children again looking forward to meet Santa?
For those who enjoy natural landscapes, we advise wild growth imitating real fields. It is also convenient for gardeners choosing to spend minimum time on maintenance.
Plants with similar environment needs (climate, soil, light) feel comfortable when growing together. Herbs planted densely, especially combined with grains, interlace their leaves and create shadow above the soil surface. This makes friendly microclimate over the soil, relieve from the necessity to water plants too often, and protect from weeds. Besides, densely growing plants support each other, which is beneficial for tall plants with high risk to bend down.
Local varieties are the best for wild growth. They will not suppress each other and become good neighbors for years. Moreover, they do not require additional fertilizers, special watering, or winter cover. They cohabit even if they grow much bigger; you could possibly make minor corrections to the development of your garden "society" only in several years. Time and resources needed for maintenance will shrink significantly if you renounce an idea to collect exotic or fragile plants that require constant attention.
Easier does not mean worse!
Vines - climbing plants - develop fast and are mostly undemanding. Vines combine several advantages; if you use them properly you can turn your garden into a paradise. First of all, vines camouflage extensive wall areas (this is essential for small gardens), hide undesirable views (like neighboring house), or simply fence off secret nooks: shady – for after-dinner nap or quiet reading, or watching sunset – for long evening talks.
Secondly, vines work as an additional barrier for air streams. They soften sharp windblasts, in dry weather, their leaves hinder dust that later is washed off by rains. Decorative qualities of these plants are supplemented with beautiful and edible fruit, for instance, Far-Eastern (i.e. winter-hardy and adapted to our climate) varieties of grape, vitamin-rich actinidia, and tonic magnolia-vine. Contrary to popular opinion, vines could prolong the life of your house and other buildings. Lightened walls covered with green “fur” are less exposed to temperature and humidity changes; as time passes, bricks and coating benefit from this “apparel”.
In order to let vines put their best foot forward, create special garden objects for them: pergolas, trellises, and airy pavilions.
- Planting greenery in city public areas
- Planting greenery in private gardens
- Creating fruit gardens and decorative kitchen gardens
- Creating flowerbeds
- Creating lawns
- Planting greenery upon workable roofs
- Vertical gardening
- Planting greenery in winter gardens
- Inside gardening
- Planting greenery in exhibition areas
- Creating wind belts