The outlook of our citizens a few years ago there was a radical change. From the gardens of suburban areas, as part of planning, began to disappear. The beds are gone, and they were replaced by lawns and lawns. But the land for centuries fed the Russian people, and therefore the gardens undeservedly forgotten. Of course, any fruits and vegetables today you can buy at the market or in the supermarket, but none of them compares to grown their own hands and ripped straight from the garden. So whether or not to abandon such pleasure?
Did you know that in the Far East has been developed so-called green tourism? The Japanese are buying tours specifically for that pay a lot of money to enjoy the self-cultivation of these vegetables and herbs. And in Europe, which many so often try to be, the gardens are very popular. They are not refused even when the site is too small. Conservative Europe has found an original solution to combine business with pleasure - a decorative garden.
We combine business with pleasure
In France, for many years there is the most famous such a garden, which is located in the garden of the castle of Villandry. It is made in the regular style, and is very successfully combines traditional vegetable crops with geometrically accurate layout. An important role is removed there is a neat curbs, keep in shape landings.
Decorative garden is a sophisticated harmony of good and beauty. And we, unfortunately, the gardens have been associated with debilitating and dirty work. But this is not so. Of course, we do not necessarily align with Villandry and do sheared boxwood borders. With this great cope lettuce, parsley and chives, color range is very wide. Even carrots can serve as a wonderful decoration of the border.
Practical and aesthetic garden, decorative and beautiful, can be obtained if the issue of its beds in the form of divergent circles. The aisles between the beds so you can fall asleep colored rubble, gravel or wood chips. Each garden of a circle or a segment can be planted any one type of herbs or vegetables. But in the center, you can plant a pot with ornamental plants or build a support or a pyramid, which will be excellent for winding bars beans, cucumbers and zucchini.
For lovers of more traditional gardens can be arranged decorative garden in country style. In this case severe forms are required. Moreover - can grow vegetables mixed with colors, thus forming a kind of mixborders. Decorative attributes in this case can serve as an old basket, Krynki clay, weaving wicker and even a scarecrow. The main thing to create such a decorative vegetable garden - it is your own imagination.
Once the cabbage, carrot, two - will klumbochka
Let's consider a different perspective, some vegetables when planning a decorative garden deserve special attention. Curly parsley and lettuce on the list we have brought. Now you can remember the different kinds of cabbage, which will be a spectacular long-playing "decoration" of your ornamental garden. In any style, ideal and savoy cabbage. It is especially good after a rain, when its large leaves little diamonds sparkling dewdrops. By the way, in many nutritional properties savoy cabbage in many ways superior.
Ornamental kale for use in ornamental garden in the recommendations does not need. It is already in flower gardens for many years and serves as a decoration mixborders Alpine hills and up to the late autumn decorates the terrace of the house. From the tall varieties of cabbage, you can create original compositions stam, neatly cutting off all the lower leaves of the stem.
As a vegetable, however, that the cabbage is not so good, but, nevertheless, it is edible. Excellent decorative properties has leaf beet or chard. Particularly impressive look stemmed form with large curly leaves on strong stalks of red, yellow or orange. Rich in sugars, proteins, calcium and iron, chard leaves are in salads, soups and borscht. And stalks can be eaten like asparagus, obzharivaya oil.
Very decorative look small-fruited tomatoes almost all colors from bright yellow, orange and red to pink and purple. You can choose any form - "cream", "cherry" or "light bulb." The beds can be made even more original, if instead of pegs to install decorative garter supports. However, in the second half of summer tomatoes because of late blight could lose its shape. But trouble can be avoided if in time to carry out preventive maintenance.
A mandatory attribute in a country style garden is a sunflower. The very first ornamental varieties were red sun. But in recent years, already offer other kinds of nice garden suns. However, habitual frequenter of the village and the garden will not look so bad in a decorative garden. It will all depend on what company and what background you choose for him.
Gardening Development Plan
No decorative vegetable garden can not be obtained without planning. And this should be abandoned "gryadochno-ordinal" thinking. To do this, you can try to start to do, for example one, but most of the beds. At the same time they can put together all that was planned to be planted separately. In the background are planting tall plants - sunflowers, corn, beans winding. Then there are the average height of the plants, for example, high onions, tomatoes or zucchini. Finally, the edges of low-growing plants, namely, lettuce, parsley, strawberry, etc.
You can make a big flower bed, stretching her long. And then you get a real mixborders. Catching a decorative garden in earnest in its planning must be approached slowly and thoughtfully. This requires examining the particular draw the plot plan, calculate how much you will need seeds or seedlings, and then proceed to the creative design of the garden. That's when the work on the dacha of the heavy burden becomes for you to enjoy, and a boring garden - in a decorative vegetable garden.
If your garden has long divided into the traditional rectangular beds, and you are not ready for a radical change in his garden, the ornamental garden can be made, focusing on the main beds. You can do this by using the plant-tapeworm, which will immediately attract attention. For those who do not know, tapeworms - are plants that are placed in the center of flower arrangement to draw attention to it. They are, in fact, are decorative elements, competing with all the other elements of the composition, and can be either large or unusually shaped, or have an interesting color or very decorative flowers.
It can be used on the decorative layout of the garden square. This makes it possible to enhance the decorative effect of the central square. If you are ripe for a major change in your garden, you can use the combined version of the square-diagonal-circular breakdown beds. This allows you to vary the circular line of rectangular layout. In all the above embodiments, the beds should be fixed fence boards. It can be wood fence, and the fence of wicker and metal mesh, which can be sent by creepers. In general, anything - a lot of variants.
Between the beds is made of filling any available material: gravel, brick chips, gravel or paving. On the construction of the decorative garden, of course, require some cost - material and physical effort, but it's worth it, because the result is very attractive. Decorated so the beds form a beautiful geometric pattern, which can be quite varied - it all depends on your tastes and preferences. The main thing - it is right to survive and to observe all proportion. Also you can use vegetables useful plants which are distilled off pests, such as calendula, nasturtium, marigold.
In addition to the regular classical decorative garden, which is used mostly geometric shapes, you can arrange on the site landscaped ornamental garden, where the composition is to be maintained in a laid-back character. Vegetables and other plants are placed in it, taking into account a combination of shapes, sizes and colors of the plants. And sometimes vegetables for their decorative features do not yield flowering plants, and can be divided into Flowering, ornamental deciduous, climbing and ground cover.
Therefore, deciding to change your garden for the better in terms of decoration, carefully look at the vegetables that you grow in your garden. And then scribble on paper with various combinations of ornamental crops. Starting next year, then you can already make some new interesting compositions.
If the composition is in the center or in the free space, it may be planar or with a slight difference in height with the apex at the center, and if the wall of a building or near a fence, the plants are planted in descending order of their height. In forming the compositions do not forget the specific points, which can be, for example, the bench or even a gazebo.
Thus, the overall plan of the decorative vegetable garden ready. We must now draw the details of the composition. The basis for this are taken canons that act in the formation of flower arrangements in the garden. After all, green stuff and vegetables, too, are both annual and perennial, and of them can and should create great showy flower beds mixborders and ridges. The plan, do not forget about color combinations. Very impressive, for example, look together chard with red petioles, golden-yellow marigolds, sage Lady in Red is bright red or clary sage with purple leaves.
Decorations on a country garden
And now try to consider as a decorative garden plant in the country. As a rule, from the apartment house cottage different regions are much smaller. So, and the garden will have to make in miniature. Placing plants in the "vegetable mixborders," keep in mind that low plants should be located closer to the edge, and behind them - the average. Tall plants are used either in the background or in the center of the composition or as accents, but they must be placed so that they do not obscure the long lower plants. The emphasis can serve not only large vegetable plants, but also a variety of props, entwined with climbing vegetables.
Since we make a decorative garden, then it is necessary to use a vegetable, spice and aromatic and medicinal plants, which have, among other things, decorative properties. Among the perennial vegetable plants it can be multi-layered onion, lovage, rhubarb, tarragon, lemon balm and so on. From one - and biennials can be used for these purposes, coriander, leek, oregano, mint, parsley, garlic, celery and lettuce of different varieties , which a lot of stains.
In addition, very decorative look curly, delicate carrot tops, contrasting red-green leaves normal and chard, coriander, basil and so forth. Many colored kinds of vegetables such as red cabbage or red lettuce, not only tastier usual green species, but and much more useful. Vegetable crops can be successfully combined with such beautiful and useful annuals, like marigolds, calendula, cornflower, etc. nemophila. Wide beds can be divided into zones for different vegetables rabatki longitudinal or transverse of the nasturtium, alyssum or eschscholzia.
It looks good in complex compositions of zucchini, which have large orange-yellow flowers and a large jagged leaves. In the foreground, at the same time it can be planted spinach or beets with green and burgundy leaves and fennel salad and used to curb.
And as a final chord, you can add that to frame a decorative vegetable garden, you can use fruit bushes, which today there are many wide variety of. For example, the bushes of white and red currants impressive look not only at the time of flowering, but when fruiting. The same can be said of the wild rose. You can also try to generate from these bushes "ball" on trunks or any other figure. All in your hands, and in a literal sense. Experiment!