When choosing a summer plants gardeners traditionally pay considerable attention to the peculiarities of their flowering summer plants. However, in many respects determined by the perception of garden design impression of summer plants, which form the basis of the composition. The concept of decorative summer plants is tricky — in fact experienced designer can emphasize any decorative summer plants, well-chosen combination of colors, shapes and textures.
About contrasts summer plants. Contrasts inevitably attract attention, make it possible to arrange the necessary accents, so this technique is widely used when creating songs in open, well-monitored spaces and in the busiest parts of the garden. The most striking contrast combinations obtained summer plants on several grounds immediately. As an example of such a composition can lead a group of summer plants, consisting of both coniferous and deciduous plants with different shapes and colors of leaves: White Pine (Pinus strobus) in the background of the white willow (Salix alba) and maples — platanoides (Acer platanoides ) and silver (Acer sacharinum). Traditionally attractive combination of perennial summer plants, grown primarily for their foliage features, such for example as Heuchera, hosts, Astilbe. Here vivid contrast is created not only in color, but the texture of leaves, a combination of their forms. However, like any dramatic emphasis, such compositions should be used with a sense of proportion, since their expression can give the impression of excessive obsession, pretentiousness. If you want to create a garden for a relaxing holiday, peace, harmony and balance gaining preferred soft contrasts summer plants and smooth transitions of color shades. Landscape design, built on the sharp contrasts, on the contrary, energizes, inspires activity.
About the color summer plants. The predominant color of summer plants — green, in all the variety of shades. And sometimes gardeners are tempted to add variety to create a song, filling the garden summer plants with variegated foliage, leaves, yellow and purple hues. With judicious use of summer plants with unusual coloring of leaves really enliven the garden. For example, look good together such varieties Physocarpus kalinolistnogo (Physocarpus opulifolius) as Dart`s Gold and Diabolo. But an excess of bright colors can lead to the opposite effect: dark purple foliage with its abundance is depressing; motley set of colored spots creates a sense of carelessness, disharmony; an excess of yellow foliage casts gloom, recalling the fall. Pleasing to the eye refined compositions are designed in shades of silver; ordinary, seemingly greens too different nuances of color, allows to make harmonious monochrome compositions, creating an atmosphere of calm in a position to reflect. Combining the different arts and deciduous summer plants in the garden, and should take into account the seasonality of their color. Proper preparation of the combination at any time of the year does not lose its appeal. Some plants remain decorative until the winter, decorating fading flower garden with bright colors, such as, for example, the Geranium sanguineum (Geranium sanguineum) and kochia (Kochia). Come to the nursery for seedlings summer plants, be sure to ask what it looks like foliage of your favorite summer plants and perennials into the fall — it will help to choose the right place for them in your garden.
About the size and shape of the summer plants. Performing landscaping area, selecting a combination of accounting and composition should take into account not only the color but also the shape and size of leaves summer plants. So, against the background of conifers is always advantageous to look summer plants, having a similar shape, but the contrast in size leaves: gray-blue carnation (Dianthus gratianopolitanus), clove feathery (Dianthus plumarius), Dianthus deltoides (Dianthus deltoids). In turn, chickweed (Cerastium) and styloid phlox (Phlox subulata) are the perfect backdrop for conifers. Important to balance the size and shape of leaves background composition, if the main emphasis is on the combination of various colors of leaves summer plants. For example, combining different varieties of Berberis thunbergii (Berberis thunbergii), different color leaves, place them around stonecrops (Sedum) with rounded leaves or thyme (Thymus).
On the right background summer plants. In general, the choice of background — a significant factor, as it affects the perception of the total composition. Contrasting combinations will be more expressive on the background of summer plants quiet, inconspicuous color. Large-flowered species of summer plants win against a background of foliage elegant open — such, for example, like a drug asparagus (Asparagus officinalis) or pearl (Achillea ptarmica). As a background summer plants can be used goof silver (Elaeagnus argentea), anafalis trёhzhilkovy (Anaphalis triplenervis) with their silvery foliage. Spectacular foliage yellow background creates an ordinary hop (Humulus lupulus) grade Aureus. Traditionally, a good background for most decorative compositions summer plants are considered hedges composed of summer plants with small leaves or coniferous species. Create a dynamic background grassy summer plants, the only disadvantage is their fragility.
On the space of summer plants. Competent selection of summer plants allows to visually change the space of the garden, extending its borders, hiding and moving away from the viewer unattractive objects. So, with the help of hedges of Fieldfare ryabinolistnogo (Sorbaria sorbifolia), Elaeagnus silver, honeysuckle (Lonicera) can mask unsightly fence, and you can visually remove it if positioned at the forefront of high perennial summer plants, for example, Helenium (Helenium), aster — novobelgiyskuyu (Aster novi-belgii) or New England (Aster novae-angliae), goldenrod (Solidago), cereals. To visually enlarge the space, position, background summer plants with small leaves and bright, for example, purple willow (Salix purpurea) or cereals, and in the foreground put hosts, tuberous begonias (Begonia x tuberhybrida), Badal, geranium, with Coleus large and dark leaves. Accounting for a variety of compositions summer plants, you will soon make sure that the leaves of most summer plants — a powerful and expressive decorative factor, using which is easy to create a unique look of your garden. Planting summer plants.