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The shadow flowers

The shadow flowers

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Why neglect the shady corners when a multitude of plants know how to adapt to them?

Fuchsias, consoudes, lungwort and impatiens can brighten up these shady spaces.

Fuchsias, shadow stars

There is a wide variety of fuchsias, and some species prefer the sun. For your shade spots, choose hardy fuchsias, such as fuchsia magellanica tricolor. Install them in a container or in the ground in mid-May in a soil just enriched with compost. They will bloom throughout the month of July.

The first years, protect them from frost: retract the boxes and cover the plants in place with a bed of leaves. After a few years, the plant will be strong enough to withstand the harsh winter. All you have to do is prune them in the spring, shortening the branches by 20 cm and removing any damaged ones.

Flower carpet

If space permits, install ferns that will highlight the bright colors of your fuchsias. Also think about the periwinkle with yellow or blue flowers. She is intrusive, but easygoing.

To prevent it from growing too much, introduce two plants from the borage family: the pulmonary and dwarf consoudes. The former are among the best shade plants because they tolerate summer drought and retain beautiful foliage speckled with white all year round.

The beautiful tricolor bells (white, blue, pink) of these two plants are the best effect with fuchsias.

Good association

To cover the floor, a carpet ofimpatiens horticultural white tones will bring clarity. Before setting up your impatiens, contain the consouds, which easily spread with their rhizomes. Just pull out the troublesome plants.

Take the opportunity to cut the leaves of all consoudes and use them to enrich the soil before planting impatiens which behave like annuals outdoors.

Consider keeping the soil moist if you want to see them bloom all summer long, especially if it is hot and dry.

M.-C. H.

Visual credits: Truffaut © Mauryflor - OTJ

Video: IDFA 2019. Trailer. Shadow Flowers (May 2022).