Long-flowering plants for a year-round flower garden

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Populate your garden with long-flowering plants, while marrying the different varieties of this or that species to spread out their glory days, all petals outside… This is the secret of a long-term colorful garden!

Long and staggered blooms: a more flowered garden, longer

Spring had brought its share of new blooms, and announced a year of wonders in the garden. Certain plants and flowers, certain trees, such as sakura, daffodils or a little later, peonies, are ephemeral; and barely open, we are already sorry for their near end by dreaming of the following year ... To make this indescribable pleasure last, gardeners are increasingly looking for long-flowering plants, or even so-called 'rising plants', who have more than one interest (two or even three) throughout the year. Here is a selection. You should be spoiled for choice since there are more and more…

Perennials, for an easy and very flowered garden

Perennials are the champions of easy gardening and longevity. "They can live ten years or more, explains Olivier de Vleeschouwer in his book Lazy gardening . As they have all their time, they sometimes forget to flower the first year, but they catch up with a profusion of flowers then ", he warns. Sandrine Boucher and Alban Delacour, in their work I only garden on weekends!, first think of "all varieties of bellflower, daisy, thistle, astilbe, saponaire, geranium (beware, nothing to do with geraniums found on balcony planters which are pelargoniums), centaury, verbena of Buenos Aires, hollyhock ".

Jean Pouillart of, on the other hand, particularly likes the népéta, which has "all the advantages of lavender in more flowering, more resistant to heat, cold and humidity, and which lasts longer. more melliferous and extremely decorative, you can cut it into a ball, divide it into tufts and multiply it infinitely! The perennial geranium macrorrhizum also makes tufts that bloom very long, and even smother weeds so much it is so tempting and invasive "Jean Pouillart" is also thinking of rudbeckias, which are in fashion at the moment, and which offer more and more collections, of all colors: a treat! ". The guide to easy-to-grow plants (Rustica editions) also talks about aster (flowering from May to November depending on the variety), bellflower (from May to September), nasturtium (from August to October), perennial geranium (from May to October ), impatiens (from May to November), poppy (from April to September depending on the varieties), phlox (from April to September), sedum or stonecrop (from May to October depending on the varieties), cinquefoil (from May to October, especially shrubs), primroses (from March to August depending on the variety), or hollyhocks (from June to September), ornamental tobacco (from June to October), speedwell (May to September depending on the species), Tom Thumb® agapanthus (May to September) ... "Thoughts are also essential in the garden for their very long bloom between autumn and winter and spring: they last several months, even more than 6 months in certain varieties, only interrupting in the coldest of winter ". Marie-Thérèse Lambert, in her Garden of Hawthorns, also advises sage, her essentials: "Perovskia or sage from Afghanistan flowers from July to September". And let’s add the coreopsis, the forecastle, the gaura, the osteospermum, the wall daisy, the diascia (apple blossom), the hesperis or julienne des dames… The anthémis, the erigeron, the snapdragon, the penstemon , lobelia, echinacea, ibéris, hosta, lupine, daisy (leucanthemum), ibéris silver basket… Difficult to be exhaustive!

Super-perennials for a long flowering garden

They are the champions of perennials, extra long-lived: the Hydrangea Together® sports, for example, 100 days of flowers! Orkney Cherry® geranium flowers from June to frost; the hellebore Moonshine®, the heuchère Regal® or the azaleas Encore® give flowers for three seasons! Plants to discover in Globe Planter's magazine, A garden that looks like you®. And these perennials should be more and more numerous since the new cultivars are always trying to break records.

And also annuals, biennials, grasses ...

There are obviously not only perennials in the garden: "Let us not forget, adds author Sandrine Boucher, the annuals and biennials which are spontaneously resembled like evening primrose, teasel, mullein, garden worries, borage, vipers ... "To be completed with some cosmos which bloom from June to October, petunias and marigolds (from May to October), or zinnia: with watering monitored in summer, it is renewed from June to October. Among the bulbs, we think of the iris, which flowers from March to September according to the varieties, and of the lily which hatches from May to September. Finally, yarrow, a medicinal herb, flowers from June to September. "We should not neglect the grasses in this category either, think Frédéric Rochette of They bloom in summer and the flower stays all winter: even withered, it keeps its inflorescence. Pennisetum, and Chinese reed too ... There are dozens of them. " Finally, indoors, the essential orchids are part of this selection.

Without forgetting the climbers!

The bignone climbs and flowers from June to September, the honeysuckle from May to September, the clematis from April to October depending on the species and varieties… As for wisteria, its first flowering takes place in April and May, and we often observe a second flowering, less generous, in August-September "That's enough to compose beautiful garden paintings!", note the authors of Guide to easy-to-grow plants .

The ascenders, also very generous

Rising plants offer several blooms throughout the year: "summer plants bloom naturally for as long as possible, but today we also have spring plants which bloom again, explains Jean Pouillart of The first flowering of Upright, very abundant, takes place in early spring. Immediately after, new shoots appear, already bearing flower buds that open in summer and form the second wave of flowers. A last rise in flowering occurs in autumn, often in October. These successive and spectacular flowerings prolong the interest often considered ephemeral of classic varieties like azaleas - and in particular the Encore® series which flowers 3 times a year ".

Zoom on the roses

Some have staggered flowering and others have a large flowering in May-June. In Lazy gardening , the author explains: "for an easy garden, avoid the little wonder that will go out of its way to bloom only 3 days a year. As much as possible, choose the species that bloom long. And if you plant only roses, opt for a majority of upright varieties, which bloom for the first time in spring, rest for a few weeks, then bloom again until autumn. " His top 10 climbing and ascending roses: Ghislaine de Feligonde, Mermaid, Pierre de Ronsard, Zephirine Drouhin, Madame Alfred Carrière, Crimson Glory, Grandmother Jenny, Paul Transon, Golden Showers, and New Dawn. The Rose du soleil® rose also gives the gardener the pleasure of flowering from the beginning of May to November, almost without stopping. In addition, it is easily pruned: no need to be a specialist in pruning or roses! "The rising roses can flower really long, complete Frédérique Rochette of, from the end of May to the beginning of July, then they leave again at the end of August ... The bush roses are also very flowering". "The rough rose also offers a long flowering, say the authors of I only garden on weekends . The landscaped roses or ground cover (…) bloom tirelessly and without requiring maintenance. (…). As for the Ghislaine de Féligonde rosebush, its bouquets of flowers in small nuanced tassels, discreetly scented, are renewed throughout the summer and the last remain on the shrub for part of the winter. "Finally, the effect will be sublime if you associate them with a clematis which will flower in May-June and September or from March to October.

Even shrubs and trees ...

… Reveal their lot of flowers in extension, and some can even extend their aesthetic advantage throughout the winter, by discovering their pretty wood or colored foliage: a bonus outside of flowering! "I immediately think of two long-flowering shrubs, launches Frédéric Rochette of The hydrangea in the first place, whatever the variety (and the inflorescence remains too); Green shadow® in particular is part interesting varieties with an extra color panel from May to November ... Hydrangea paniculata stays in bloom all summer long. In addition, the althea, or outdoor hibiscus, flowers late: from the end of July until October ". "Among the persistent ones, adds Marie-Thérèse Lambert, owner of the Jardin des Aubépines, I like the Mexican orange tree which flowers and smells good from April to September, and especially the heather whose flowering spreads from September to March They remain beautiful even with deflowering. " Jean Pouillart, for his part, likes lagerstroemia or lilac from India, this shrub which starts to flower early and which enchants the inhabitants of the South before and after the long holidays, and even delights Parisians from the end of July. In his work I only garden on weekends , Sandrine Boucher also points to lavender, abélia, St. John's wort, etc. The guide to easy-to-grow plants , we highlight the azaleas and rhododendron that bloom from February to June, the buddléia (from June to September), the camellia (from November to April)… "From the fall for Camellia sasanqua and its varieties, then from February-March for C. japonica hybrids "… The camellia promises a minimum of 6 months of flowers! Let us not forget the flowering quince, whose "flowering can start as early as January if the winter is mild for the earliest varieties, sometimes continuing until the end of spring. The flowering of fuchsias, it renews itself June to October if you take care to regularly remove wilted flowers and water in dry weather ". And to add the oleander (from June to October without interruption!), And viburnum of which certain varieties of Viburnum plicatum bloom again during the summer and until September.

New varieties with longer flowering…

Each year, new varieties are created, with the desire to always seek to meet this criterion of a longer flowering ... The Dancing Queen® clematis was one of the magnificent novelties of spring 2015, with light pink double flowers in spring and again at the end of summer. The Graines Voltz company also innovates by launching each year in its Facil'été collection "new generation" varieties, early and with continuous flowering from spring until the first frosts, like SunPatiens®. Guaranteed wow effect!

Massifs with staggered flowering

Build your beds in such a way as to combine the different plants and stagger the flowerings - why not by color! With Marie-Thérèse and Christian Lambert, the garden is lived like this, flowers all year round. "In 2014, for the Gardeners' talk event at the end of May in the Yvelines, we gave this theme to our garden: flowering from January 1 to December 31. With us, perennials and shrubs follow each other all year round to my essentials: the ferns for the green, and the heather which flowers in winter from November-December until April! I also recommend the viburnum x bodnantense and the prunus subhirtella autumnalis which flourish during the mild periods of winter, from early November to April as well as witch hazel, mahonia Charity, skimmia, winter honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima), not to mention the cyclamen coum from January to April. And then it will be bulb season in the spring, hellebores, piéris, azaleas, rhododendrons, fothergillas ... and other spring flowering shrubs and the circle is complete! "In summer, the enthusiast also has her preferences of course: phloxes last very long and are very fragrant at night. "My tip so that they really have a lot of flowers: pinch them 'between Mother's Day and Father's Day'! So shortening one branch out of three, this allows the flowering to be staggered; same for asters and chrysanthemums' autumn. "

Some ephemeral plants, for fun

There are exceptions that do not go out of fashion in the garden, such as the peony, however ephemeral! "Today's gardeners therefore want a garden with long blooms that require little maintenance, while occasionally placing a few ephemeral plants just for fun, notes Jean Pouillart. When we draw sketches in coaching elsewhere, we leave spaces of inspiration to people for this kind of crush. " Thanks : - Jean Pouillart of Globe Planter, - Frédéric Rochette of, - Marie-Thérèse Lambert of the Jardin des Aubépines, 8 rue du Pont des Murgers, 78610 Auffargis. To read : -Lazy gardening , Olivier de Vleeschouwer, Marabout editions, 280 pages. You can find this second-hand work. -I only garden on weekends!, Sandrine Boucher and Alban Delacour, Terre Vivante editions, 118 pages. -The guide to easy-to-grow plants , Laurent Bourgeois, Michel Caron and Valérie Garnaud, Rustica editions, 352 pages.


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