Flowerbeds are an integral part of any summer cottage, even if it focuses only on the cultivation of essential vegetables: potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers. The decorative element will be present even here, and preference will be given to the most unpretentious copies. For example, such as limonium, or static. Lush bushes will gladly decorate the free zone near the country house and will not require special care for them.
Limonium: photos and features of the plant
Despite its name, which “speaks”, limonium has no kinship with citrus fruit, since the word came from Greek, where limonium is a meadow. Of course, such a translation is not devoid of meaning: it directly indicates the plant’s habitat - under natural conditions it fills sunny glades and lawns, as well as zones near salt lakes. Accustomed to moisture deficiency, the flower tolerates arid summer well and does not suffer from an excess of direct sunlight. Here it is necessary not to mention another. The name of limonum is statica, which means "dried flower". And again, the translation is "talking": even in a dried form, the stems, leaves and flowers of limonium retain their original attractiveness, as a result of which it is often dried for various compositions or simple bookmarks.
This plant has up to 200 varieties, and all of them are distinguished by unpretentious care and pomp of the bushes with openwork inflorescences in the shape of a ball or more elongated. The color range is extensive: from simple scarlet or even green petals to delicate white flowers with purple hearts, and each of them keeps a bright cup. The height of the bush varies depending on the type and variety: the lowest barely exceed 30 cm from the root, the highest can stretch up to 1 m, while the spreading of the bush is not lost. The limony bloom period is short - from the last days of July to September. Stems lignified, dense, the leaves are located not only along their length, but also at the root. The main root can go to the ground for a length equal to the height of the bush, while having several small side short roots, which explains the resistance of lemongrass to drought. However, such a root system at the same time becomes a disadvantage of the plant, since it makes its transplant risky. The lateral roots are easily damaged, and the main one cannot always be fully pulled out, which leads to the death of the Kermek.
The attractiveness of statics lies in the fact that among a wide range of species and varieties, you can pick up both perennial and annual. This allows each gardener to try planting lemongrass on his plot and decide whether to grow it further, as well as select the most suitable place for him, each year taking up a new area with annual bushes. The perennial is limonium ordinary and broadleaf, as well as Gmelin limonium: the latter barely reaches a height of 50 cm and gives a not too lush bush, while broadleaf limonium resembles a fluffy ball strewn with flowers, and the traditional has a long, bare stem with rare leaves in base and "candle" of the inflorescences on top. In the middle lane, Chinese limonium is grown as annuals, tall (up to 80 cm), with yellow small flowers gathered in a whisk; Bonduel limonium is even taller (up to 90 cm), the flowers of which also have yellow or cream petals, but differ in thin, flexible stems; as well as notched limonium - no less tall, but decorated with blue or bluish-purple flowers. We should also mention the lemongrass tree: it stands out a little from the slender row of bushes from 30 to 80 cm in height, since it can reach 120 cm in height. Its stems are dense, hard, branchy, the leaves are rough, leathery, and the flowers have a bright pink, almost neon color, and they grow a lemongrass tree as well as an annual.
The very process of growing statics from seeds will not cause difficulties even for an inexperienced gardener, it is much more important to create the right conditions for the plant in the future: take care of good illumination of the place where it will grow, do not overdo it with watering, which is desirable to do with salt water. And the opportunity to create a winter bouquet of dried flowers is an added bonus to the list of positive qualities of limonium.