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Kan man ha växter i krukor flera år i rad?

Ormbunkar i kruka

Ja, det kan man! Det går utmärkt att ha perenner, buskar och till och med träd i krukor året runt.

Det man bör tänka på är att välja tåliga växter. Träd och buskar kategoriseras in i växtzoner 1 – 8. Zonerna beskriver hur pass tålig växten är för frost kyla, blöt jord osv. Vill man plantera träd eller buske i en kruka är det zoner som ligger 1 eller 2 steg över den vanliga som gäller. Till exempel, jag som bor i zon 3 brukar kunna plantera växter som klarar zon 4 (gärna 5) och uppåt i krukorna.

När det kommer till perenner (fleråriga växter) gäller samma princip. Perenner går dock inte efter den vanliga zonindelningen utan delas in i kategorier A-D där A innebär fullt härdig i hela landet. För mig som bor i zon 3 går det bra att sätta perenner i kategorin A och B i krukorna. Kategori C and D kan fungera men säkrast är att jag förvarar krukan i ett frostfritt förråd på vintern.

Mina Strutbräken bor i krukor året runt. Två av de supertrivs medan den tredje har växt långsammare. Så kan det vara ibland. Det kan bero på allt från vatten till jord till att man ibland får en svagare planta. I detta fall kommer jag att ge plantan gott om näring och se till att den får lagom med vatten. Jag hoppas att den tar sig, annars får jag helt enkelt byta ut den mot en ny, piggare planta.

Det fina med just Strutbräken är att de växter och trivs i full skugga, som i det här fallet där de står mot en norrvägg.

Strutbräcken i kruka
Tidigt på våren sätter jag penseer runt ormbunkarna. De är dock ettåriga och behöver bytas ut runt midsommar, lagom till ormbunkarna kommit upp och hunnit växa till sig.
Bladen på Strutbräcken är ju bara för fina!

Colorful Flowerbed in Half Shade

rabattförslag halvskugga
Rabattförslag halvskugga - växter

Just because you have a shady garden does not mean you have to sacrifice color. Here’s an idea for a colorful flower bed for half shade that will look stunning from early spring to late fall. Some of the color comes from blooms but don’t underestimate what plant foliage and texture can bring to a bed!

This combination will do fine up to Swedish hardiness zone 4 which is the equivalent to US zone 5ish.

Trees and Shrubs

Perennial Combo

Natalia Lindberg - rabattförslag för halvskugga
3D rendering of the flower bed

4 Shrubs that Look Amazing in Winter

December begun with temperatures down to 20 °F / -7°C 🥶☀️❄️ Even though it was cold it felt wonderful to be outside thanks to the sunlight. After 6 weeks of overcast and rain we finally got some sun!

The garden looked beautiful with all the frost and the sunlight. Here are four shrubs that look extra beautiful in winter.

#1 Hydrangea ’Limelight’

#2 Boxwood

Boxwoods are simply amazing! They keep a dense, deep green structure no matter season. They also take well to pruning making the perfect for hedges and topiaries.

#3 Rhododendron

Rhododendron begins to bud up in late summer. They keep their buds though winter and bloom in spring. They keep their dark green foliage all year round.

#4 Bamboo

Planting a Black Cherry Plum in Late Fall

Black cherry plum (Prunus cerasifera ‘Nigra’), Rhododendron, Hydrangea ”Limelight”, Vinca minor

It might not look like much right now but this Black cherry plum will bring a bold dark red contrast to the garden. I can’t wait till spring when it will bloom with delicate light pink flowers.

It gets 15-20 ft tall and wide (4-6m) which is on the bigger side for a small garden. It prefers sun but can take some shade. Hardiness zone US 4-9 (Sweden 1-3).

I’ve planted plenty of trees and shrubs in fall. Mid October is when the garden center have their sales and it’s a good time to get bigger plants that usually cost a bit. So far I’ve had great luck with all the plants I got in the fall, like the Rhododendron and the Hydrangea ’Limelight’ in the picture.

Simple DYI Fall Wreath – Video Tutorial

I got asked to show how I go about making my wreaths by an online garden store. So I went outside of my comfort zone and made a video tutorial. I figured it was easier to show the process though a video than with photos.

The wreath is simple. The base is made out of dried ferns. For extra decoration I added dried Hydrangeas, Agastache, grasses and artificial acorns. The acorn were the only thing that did not come out of my garden.

Dried Ferns, dried Hydrangea ’Annabelle’, Agastache blooms, grass and acorns

Limelight Hydrangea After Frost

The garden is slowly taking on more and more fall colors. The first frost made the blooms of the The Limelight Hydrangea turn from pink to brownish. I think that they’re absolutely beautiful. They will keep this shape and color though the winter.

If you’re going to get one shrub for your garden make it a Limelight Hydrangea!

Limelight Hydrangea peaks up from behind the pergola
Fall colors in the garden

Dried Hydrangeas Fail and Another Fall Wreath (out of Hydrangeas)

A few weeks back I dried the blooms from my Hydrangea Limelight. To my surprise, they all died. They lost color and shape and I had to toss them. So what went wrong? Well, I cut them too early. They hadn’t begun to dry on the shrub yet so they still needed a lot of moisture.

In order to retain color and shape, you will need to let flowers partially dry on the shrub first. Cut them when the color begins to fade but while they still hold their shape.

My second attempt turned out better. The blooms dried beautifully since I waited until later in the season before I cut them. I followed the steps that I describe in my previous post on how to dry hydrangea blooms.

A blend of Hydrangea ’Limelight’ and Hydrangea ’Annabelle’ turned into this simple, yet gorgeous fall wreath.

Easy to Dry Flowers and Grasses

Sedum ’Herbstfreude’ , Hydrangea ’Annabelle’ & Feather Reed Grass ”Karl Foerster”

Here are three flowers and grasses that are really easy to dry.

#1 Sedum ’Herbstfreude’

Dead easy to dry – just cut and place in a container, no water needed. It stays pretty for a long time!

Sedum ’Herbstfreude’

#2 Hydrangea ’Annabelle’

Have a look at my post about how to dry Hydrangeas. When it comes to this type of Hydrangea, ’Annabelle’, make sure the blooms have turned from cream white to lime green before drying. Otherwise they might loose their form.

Hydrangea ’Annabelle’

#3 Feather Reed Grass ”Karl Foerster”

This grass turns into the most beautiful feather-light form when dried. Just cut and put in a container, no water needed. It might last as long as the first two but in my opinion it’s still worth bringing inside and enjoying for a few weeks.

Feather Reed Grass ”Karl Foerster”

Dried flowers are perfect for the darkest corners of the home. They bring a feeling of nature in spots where house plants won’t grow.

Focal point in small garden with Hydrangea ’Limelight’

Hydrangea ’Limelight’ really glows, especially during dusk. The blooms shine even more when planted against a dark boxwood hedge. There, they create the most beautiful focal point.

Small gardens in particular need something that directs the eye to the furthest part of the garden: a strong focal point that adds depth. It could be a tree, or a shrub. Or perhaps some furniture, a pretty container, or some other garden decoration.

Hydrangea ’Limelight’ glows during dusk

How to choose your focal point

Here are a few things you should think about when choosing a focal point for a small garden.

  • To not disappear into the surroundings, a focal point needs a background. It can be a hedge, a wall or a group of shrubs of the same kind. To not blend into one another, make sure the colors of the background contrast the focal point. Bright blooms against a dark background never disappoint!
  • Go for big rather than small. A good size shrub or small tree makes e a bigger impact than a few perennials. Then again, a proper group of perennials with some height makes for a beautiful focal point.
  • Make sure your focal point has a long peak period. You want it to last for the most part of the season.

How to Dry Hydrangea Blooms

Hydrangea blooms are quick and easy to dry and can last for many years. I use mine in places around the houses where regular plants don’t do well, like dark corners. They bring a lovely feeling to the house.

Here’s how you dry hydrangea blooms in 3 easy steps.

Step 1 – Cut blooms and stems of the hydrangea

Make sure to cut above a leaf node – the place where one or many leafs meet the stem. It doesn’t matter how much of the stem you cut. I usually take quite a bit to make sure i can put it in a vase.

Step 2 – Remove all the leaves

You want to remove all the leaves, they don’t do well dried.

Step 3 – Make a fresh cut and put in water

Make sure to cut between two nodes – between the places where the leaves used to bet. Place in fresh water right away.

That’s it! All you have to do is wait for a couple of weeks for your hydrangea blooms to try. Don’t change the water and don’t mess with them too much during that time.

I’m planning to make a hydrangea wreath out of mine. Check in, in a couple of weeks to see how I did!

Dried Hydrangea Limelight
I accidentally torn off a few branches when removing the leaves. They worked out just fine anyway.