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Flowers for the garden


Question: flowers for the garden


I have a beautiful garden, but I can't have beautiful flower beds because, having the irrigation for the lawn, all the flowers I put rot soon because of the water. Are there any flowers that resist irrigation water?

Answer: garden flowers


Dear Clarita,
Usually, most of the plants that are grown in the garden need watering, but if your lawn is very demanding on water, rather than choosing only plants that need a lot of water, you can think about arranging your irrigation system in so that the flower beds receive less water, for example by spraying water sprays differently, or by placing sprinklers with smaller water flow between the flower beds, so that the soil receives much less. In addition to this, the fact that your plants defung perhaps is due more to the soil than to the amount of water, or better, perhaps your soil is excessively heavy and tends to retain too much water from the watering, and if so, they are few plants survive in a soil always soaked with water, because the roots must also carry out gaseous exchanges with the outside, and if you keep them immersed in water, with the passing of the weeks, they die or are attacked by fungal parasites. So maybe it's more important to lighten the ground with sand, so that it has better drainage, and let the irrigation water run off without it remaining in the ground for long. Let me explain: usually the irrigation for the lawn is done once a day, for a few minutes (from 10 to 30 minutes every day); the best time to irrigate is the early morning hours, and if it is not possible to irrigate in the morning, night hours are preferred, so that irrigation does not disturb those in the garden. If we consider a normal flowerbed in the sun in Italy (let's say in Lazio, since you don't tell us where you live) in July, 15-20 minutes of irrigation per day are necessary to make sure that the seedlings grow healthy and vigorous; but if the water is stagnant, your sprinklers water very high, covering the leaves with water, your flowerbeds are shaded, then it is not the "fault" of the flowers, and even if you change them, they will suffer the same. The small annual or perennial plants that are usually cultivated in the garden, such as portulache, begoniette, impatiens, geraniums, surfinie, can withstand short periods of drought, and do not like an always wet soil; the same applies to most perennials, such as aquilegia, saxifrage, various bulbous plants. If you want something in full sun you need a lot of water, I suggest hydrangeas and azaleas, but they will want soil for acidophilic plants. Or you have to dedicate to the plants that usually live on the shores of rivers and watercourses, like some varieties of veronica, the typha, some varieties of petasites, perennial buttercups (ranunculus repens), ferns, mimulus, lobelia cardinalis with the many garden varieties present today, the ligularia, hottuinia, the filipendula, Eupatorium, Chelone, carex, the caltha palustris, and some varieties and species of anemones; unfortunately they are plants not easily found in nurseries in Italy, because in our gardens, summer is often hot and dry.