You can create a splendid massif without necessarily spending your time maintaining it. Many plants are perfect because they are undemanding. The good idea is to choose different species with the same quality but which flower at different times of the year for a four seasons massif. Here are 10 almost indestructible plants and their flowering period.
1 – Succulents
Unreatable, these plants blithely withstand the harshness of scorching summers as well as drought and many are resistant to frost. Everyone can therefore create a rocky massif to accommodate a collection of succulents by varying the colors of the flowers, the periods of flowering, namely from the beginning of autumn and until spring. We also think of playing on the height of these plants, some being small, others shrub. Dasylirion, Agave, Houseleek, Opuntia and many others bring an undeniable note of exoticism to the garden.
2 – The Cosmos
With its very aerial foliage and its multiple flowers of all colors, the Cosmos once sown or planted (between April and June) manages itself. It brings to the massif a rustic, even wild, note of the most delightful. Depending on its variety, this annual plant from the Asteraceae measures between 40 and 120 cm in height. We install the Cosmos in the sun because it likes heat and we meet its only requirement: to keep the ground cool. It blooms from June until frost.
3 – The Astilbe
Splendid with its colored feather duster, Astilbe is a deciduous perennial plant that belongs to the family of Saxifragaceae. It is one of the plants to be installed preferably in a semi-shaded to shaded massif because the earth stays cooler there than in full sun, Astilbe needing the soil to always be a little wet (but not soggy!). Its flowering ranges from white to red through yellow, pink, purple, depending on the species and variety, from May until frost.
4 – The Narcissus
This plant of the family Liliaceae belongs to the genre Narcissus. It is a spring-flowering perennial bulb that we enjoy seeing bloom again every year. The narcissus is ideal for beginner gardeners as well as for those, even experienced ones, who do not have the time to spend a lot of time in the garden. Do not hesitate to plant a large quantity of daffodils in a bed, but also in the lawn, to illuminate the garden. from the end of February until May. The ideal is to choose early flowering varieties and late flowering ones to enjoy them for as long as possible.
5 – The Oleander
If you want to create a mass of flowering shrubs without maintenance, the Oleander stands out. He loves heat, and once he is well established, drought does not scare him. This small evergreen tree of the family of Apocynaceae brings a Mediterranean touch to the ornamental garden. It is covered with white, yellow, red or pink flowers gathered in bouquets from May to October.
6 – Yarrow
Easy to succeed, this pretty perennial from the family of Asteraceae comes in a hundred varieties. We can therefore without hesitation combine them to obtain a very compact bed, whose flowers of different colors bloom in profusion. all summer long. Yarrow is a robust plant that loves the sun. It brings a wild note to the garden and is distinguished by its slightly camphoric scent.
7 – Perennial Geranium
It is perfect for covering a bed with its thousands of flowers. Available in nearly 300 varieties, it is the Geranium dreamed of in all regions since it is very hardy. There is therefore no need to winter it. Its flowering period is spread out from May to October or November.
8 – The Rudbeckia
Plants of the genus Rudbeckia are very easy going. We love their large flowers which are more or less reminiscent of daisies with a brownish heart and saffron yellow petals. Depending on the variety, the Rudbeckia perennial measures between 90 cm and 2 m in height. It can therefore be installed at the bottom of a massif. Annual and biennial varieties are limited to 70 cm in height. These herbaceous plants of the family Asteraceae like the sun and bloom June to October, which is very interesting.
9 – The Indian Carnation
Almost unavoidable in the foreground of a massif, the Carnation of India is a plant of the family of Asteraceae very drought resistant and content with poor soil. It doesn’t take long for it to grow and flower profusely. We love its flowers in flower heads which come in a palette ranging from yellow to brownish orange. Best of all, they are edible. Flowering takes place all summer long which is perfect for adding them to many summer salads.
10 – L’Heuchère
With their ornamental evergreen foliage, these plants of the Saxifragaceae come in about fifty species. They are very robust and have a surprising ability to adapt. They are perfect for magnifying a massif preferably located in the shade or in partial shade. But in addition to having superb foliage, heuches cover themselves in summer with an abundance of tiny bell-shaped flowers.
Make no mistake, growing easy-to-maintain plants in beds doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take care of them a little. We delete the wilted flowers as and if they are not so-called self-cleaning plants, the damaged leaves and we think of them water as soon as necessary. Do not hesitate to inquire at the time of purchase in a garden center from a specialist in easy-going bedding plants. It is then enough to make a small list of the admittedly minimal care to be granted to them over time according to the species so that the bed is sublime season after season.