None of the modern garden cannot be imagined without careful and manicured lawns. Normal, turf, requires constant attention and careful maintenance, concern is not limited to the haircut. Simplify care area can be due groundcover plants, who are able to create at least a smooth and spectacular natural carpets.
These plants have many decorative benefits: they are all blooming, tolerate trampling and contribute to the landscape a unique and luxurious texture, offering an alternative to the classics. Bold decisions will make a garden personal and unique.
Five best alternatives to the classic lawn
Creeping perennial, its height is only 5 cm. Very thin and long shoots, thickly strewn with bright leaves and bright coloring. Flowering Veronica will start in April, lasts more than two months. Touching, pale blue flowers on thin legs flutter easily in the wind, it seems, created by nature cover the entire day of the bright sunlight. Site, planted with Veronica, you can Supplement bulbous crops, for example, tulips, iris.
Care Veronica is the proper selection of soil and certain farming practices. Solid carpet the plant will create only fresh and wet soil, although it tolerates drought. This culture is one of the best, adaptable as to the shade, and the bright sun. Veronica shoots take root in the place, where they contact the soil. Even if the winter will be snowless and part of the plant will freeze, carpet again for the season. Another advantage of Veronica – the possibility of removing the turf and transfer it to a new location, high adaptability. Culture is aggressive in terms of conquest of new territories, but easily controlled by pruning and truncation of shoots on the edge of the clearing.
Or thyme, Bogorodskaya grass
All varieties of thyme can be an alternative to the classic lawn: low plant, landing turns thick. For this fragrant glade will need patience. Thyme – shrub with erect or reclining stems, the leaves are small, densely sitting. Culture blossoms, attracts insects. The slightest touch to the plants of the visitor of the garden enveloped in a cloud of pleasant smell. The aroma of different varieties can be peppery or unusual, citrus.
Thyme is a sun – loving plant, it is good and right is developing in the fertile, drained soil, does not tolerate high acidity. Other benefits: simplicity, drought tolerance, endurance, thyme tolerates spring pruning, leading to the thickening of the plot.
The most popular shapes and grades:
- "Elfin", common thyme with soft leaves grayish color, flowers purple-pink;
- pink blooming thyme Siberian;
- "Minor" – an early variety with small leaves, that create low, a continuous carpet;
- razvijena and velocita forms of creeping thyme;
- "Silver Queen" with a white border, "Golden Dwarf" and "Bertram Anderson" with yellow spots", "Golden king" with a yellow border – varieties of thyme limnophora.
Trehlistnaya clover leaves have long been legendary, they fascinate gardeners and offer to create a fresh and bright coating. Perennial with creeping roots – one of the most beautiful podvorotnya. Stems can take root in the interstices of. The maximum height of culture 40 cm, it is achieved during flowering. The carpet is thick and lush, it tolerates trampling, improves soil characteristics. During flowering, white, pink or greenish knobs of a clover lawn attract butterflies and bees.
Creeping clover grows well in Sunny sites, in the shading areas the leaves can lose assorted color. Culture is undemanding to soil, but does not tolerate stagnant moisture, bogging. Ideal – quality, moist soil.
The best varieties:
- "Dragons Fornication", decorated with red and cream "tick"
- "Purpurascens" is the most common sort of brown leaves and emerald border;
- "Dark Dance" dark, with a green border, leaves, snow-white flower heads;
- "Good luck" four – leaved variety, can be represented as a motley, and emerald green forms;
- "Atropurpurea", William, "Hiccups" – spotted varieties;
- "Vatten" – purpurnolistnaya grade, blossoms – hot pink.
Cotulla or leptanilla
Leptanilla rough or Cotulla is not too well known, this is one of the best, neznakomyh and resistant to trampling crops. Homeland plants – New Zealand, the leaves resemble fern, but smaller, the rug looks very beautiful in texture. For use as podvorotnya used Cotulla deinstalacija. In regions with cold winters, you can use other types, but not for creating lawns, and for framing the stones and fill the voids between them.
Cotulla – creeping perennial up to a metre. With the advent of autumn the leaves change bright green color on the bronze and purple. Blooms Cotulla is also very impressive: bright yellow flowers slope with the wind on long thin stalks. Culture well in partial shade and in the sun. Requirements to the soil: drained, sandy loam, the minimum content of humus.
Ajuga or ayuga
Ayuga, or Ajuga can grow in the most difficult areas, on marginal and droughty soils. Culture is able to create solid, coverage in the shade, replacing the lawn. The Ajuga is often planted there, where there are tall trees and where any other povorotnyi be able to grow.
Ajuga is a perennial plant with large enough, glossy leaves, collected in the outlet. Shoots creeping, dark green color goes into stains and purple spots. During the season every Bush grows per square meter. The height of the resulting carpet does not exceed 30 cm. Inflorescence – large, like candles, colouring – blue or bluish-purple. Reference AUGI aggressive, some gardeners consider it by this index to the weeds. Varietal plants more friendly, easily controlled by removing the child side outlet. The plant likes a fertile and moist soil, but capable for a long time without watering.
The most popular varieties:
- "Chocolat Chip" – blue-purple inflorescences, leaves with brown and bronze tint;
- "Atropurpurea" and "dark blue" with original streaks and spots, the base color is purple;
- "Variegata" dark flowers with a cream border.
Other groundcover, able to replace a lawn
Can withstand trampling Laurenti river. Culture long root in a new place, but this is more than kompensiruet filling soil light and thick carpet, which is till the frost is decorated with stars of white flowers.
Aggressive growing muhlenbeckia. Liana creates a carpet of small round glossy leaves. Culture loves spring pruning and changes color in autumn.
Stellaria lanceolate capable of filling the plot with lack of moisture. Culture grows and develops well on poor soils around tall trees, it is suitable for creating carpets in the shade.
Among the designers are known for gryzhnik smooth, drought-resistant, small-leaved, creating a dense coating. In the autumn the plant will change colour from herbaceous bronze.
Flowers resembling snapdragons Mazus creeping forms a carpet of sprouts and delicate leaves.
Popular bryozoans styloid, Boudreau hederacea with bright blooms in spring. Violet the Labrador weaves a beautiful forest carpet shading, on nutrient and moist soils, cool, foliage – almost black. Anellis resembles a small Daisy, the leaves look like ferns, the plant is short-lived, but quickly renewed by self-seeding.
Undemanding to the soil, but like the heat Lotus corniculatus. Culture creates the thick curly carpet, in early summer it is studded with semi-double flowers. European wild ginger stands kidney-shaped form of leaves. Used as podvorotnya and juniper creeping.