Natural looking herbaceous plants and decorating with herbaceous plants
Most nurseries stock a wide selection of wild herbaceous plants. Wild species are pure species and they come from nature and were never cultivated. Theses wild species look beautiful in a flowerbed and create a wild look in the garden. However you must ensure that the conditions in your garden are similar to the natural conditions preferred by these plants. Wild plants are generally stronger than ordinary garden plants and they do not need fertiliser.
Suitable wild herbaceous plants
- monkshood (Aconitum)
- baneberry (Actaea)
- windflowers (Anemone nemorosa)
- campanula latifolia
- lily-of-the valley (Convallaria)
- foxglove (Digitalis)
- cats ear (Antennaria)
- asters (Asters)
- cornflower (Centaurea)
- globe thristle (Echinops)
- spurge (Euphorbia)
- statice (Limonium)
- catmint (Napeta)
Scented herbaceous plants
Scented plants create a wonderful aroma in a herbaceous bed. Scented plants should be planted along the front of the beds, along paths or directly next to a sitting area. Scented herbaceous plants should be grouped together. Some will have scented leaves while others will have scented flowers. The flowering times of the individual plants should be noted:
- a sweet, flowering scent id produced by Pholox paniculata peonies (Paeconia lactiflora) and day lily (Hemorocallis)
- a fruity , fresh scent is provided by bugbane (snakeroot) (Cimicifunga ramose) and Hosta plantaginea
- A herby-spicy scent is released by thyme (Thymus) and bergamont (Monarda)
Herbaceous plants as cut flowers
Herbaceous plants can also be cut up and placed in beautiful vases, creating a decorative bunch. Herbaceous plants in a vase are perfect as a present for your loved one for creating a warm environment in the living room. Ensure that you use long lasting species because short lived herbaceous plants will wilt. Long lasting flowers include yarrow (Achillea), monkshood (Aconitum), Leucanthemum, Gyposophila and sneezewort are perfect.
Herbaceous plants and roses
Rose compliment herbaceous plants in more than one way. Summer flowering plants flower at the same time with roses, while the spring-and autumn-flowering ones will provide colour in the garden both and after the roses have bloomed. Roses normally result in an intense effect and thus the companion plants should be in more subtle colours to complement the rose flower colours. Blue delphinium (Delphinium) blend perfectly with the majority of rose flowers.
Herbaceous plants in large containers
A garden, balcony or patio can be decorated with herbaceous plants. The containers look perfect and should be placed along paths or in a herbaceous border. Gaps can be filled up with pots to create an eye-catching design. Use frost-proof pots and take the light conditions into considerations. Do not place shade-loving herbaceous plants in sunny positions. Herbaceous plants with long, deep roots should not be planted in pots as there will be no space to occupy them.
The following herbaceous plants are ideal for planting in pots. Astilbe, Artemisia. Hosta, poppy (Papaver nudicaule) and stonecrop (Sedium)