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It is difficult to determine a criterion, according to which a cultivated plant can be called fashionable. A new discovery of stock-breeders? A bright hybrid? An exotic, which settled in our latitudes recently? And may be this is a strange flower, which seeds you have been dreaming to find since you saw it in someone’s garden for the first time? Let’s hope a beginner will blend with your garden’s palette in harmony, and, very soon, it will attract delighted glances of neighbors and guests, who will definitely ask you: what is this?

A wonderful Aquilegia

Aquilegia (Àquilegia canadencia) presents her wonderful flowers with long spurs on thin graceful legs. Purple flowers (and in other sorts – violet, white and pink) appear in the beginning of summer. This flower spreads out in any garden, if it is not only too dry there, feels great in shadow or penumbra. A lot of various double forms are often met. Aquilegia propagates with seeds, sowed in spring and autumn.

Many-sided Clematis

Liana with goldish flowers (Niamatis Tangutica Golden Tiara) – is a great rarity among clematises and a real find for a flower-lover. Golden Tiara blooms in the middle of summer and makes its owners glad with long blossoming. Two-colored clematises (Clematis Roguchi) are met too, they turn their heads to a midday sun, like they are watching it. One of the oldest hybrids of clematis – is a light-pink Nelly Iiser, known to gardeners since 1897 and fashionable till now.

Arum nicknamed “Aaron’s rod”

When you imagine this plant, remember a well-known calla, a greenhouse plant with large flowers. A flower consists of one large white petal (veil), wrapping up an oblong ear. Arum’s (Àrisaema triphyllum) inflorescence is the same. An ear of yellow flowers is covered with a veil, not white, but multicolored – light-green, mahogany or striped. A plant’s height is about 40 cm, it is blossoming in May-June, and by autumn a veil fades and falls off, opening an ear with a bright-red, toxic berries. Arum needs a wet fertile soil in a shady place. It looks great on a bank of a small reservoir.

Pumpkin and co.

They are such heavy-weights! However, figures of various builds can be found among a nice gourd family. With a slender waist and in rich shapes, very long, like cucumber, and hanging on props, like pears. The most impressive specimens grow on super fertile compost storage barrows in the corners of garden-plots, wherefrom they are rolled, not even brought, home in autumn. Every year – we meet new styles: turban, beret, skull-cap. A natural, quaint ornamental pattern also impresses: one half is green, and another – yellow.

All pumpkins are light- and heat-loving. Seedlings are prick off in a house and brought to a garden in the end of May-beginning of July. The best places for decorative pumpkins – are lattice fences, columns, arbors.

Morning-glory – a flower for “larks”

Jolly small gramophones of this wonderful convolvulus can be seen in many gardens. Its time is morning. It opens its charming flowers with the first sun beams, and by 10 am they are already faded. Lots of sorts of morning-glory are replenished by new colors every year. On a picture you can see really a “fashionable doings” – a stripped flower (Ipomoea Tie Dye). Stripped carnations have always been in fashion at all tames, and now strips on irises, marigolds, tulips, petunias and bluebells are fashionable. You can arrange an effective union of creepers in your garden, for example, morning-glory and pumpkin, since they both have the same requirements for growing (both plants are Southern ones).


We are used to see begonia on our window, not in a garden. Various sorts of this flower have been decorating our houses at all tames, surprising us with a variety of colors and quaint cuts of leaves. In a garden, begonia is a summer guest. It can live the whole summer in a flower-bed, and in autumn it will return to its “winter apartment” – window-sill. In a garden begonia prefers shady places. Due to exotic coloring, it looks good on a small pedestal – on a small stump, stone or low whatnot. (Âågonia Chocolate Creme)

A thorny giant

This original biennial plant, called dipsacus (Dipsacus fullonum) reaches 1,5 in height. During the fist year of life it forms a large rosette of leaves with thorns at sides. And the following summer a stalk grows from the midst of leaves, and it begins twining, forming a candelabrum-like plant. On the edge of each stalk an original flower appears, which strikes with the fact that a bud in the form of oval cone is covered with a corbel of delicate lilac flowers. Dipsacus fades slowly, leaving a beautiful thorny cone, which can serve as an excellent material for winter bunches.

Ornamental cabbage

It appeared on our flower beds quite recently. Anyway, this unusual plant has become fashionable not so long ago, when lots of its sorts appeared. Sometimes passers-by stop at a fence at a loss – is this lacy creature just a cabbage? Yes, cabbage, but not usual, but ornamental one. There are specimens, resembling huge flowers, like they are in lacy jabots. Small rosettes are also met, 10 cm in diameter. And there are also real “large fans” of feather-like leaves, forming mighty plants of 1 m height. All ornamental cabbages are hybrids. So, do not try to get seeds: hybrids do not transmit their qualities by right of succession. (Osaka Pink u White Peacock)

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