Three Top Tips for Garden Design With Poppies

Posted by Admin on Monday, March 14, 2011

Poppies are one of the world's most loved plants, and with so many different specimens to fill your flowerbeds with, it is not surprising that they have become an essential component for the garden. Whilst you may simply like to scatter seeds and allow them to germinate and flower at their own rate, using poppies in a more constructive garden design method is easy. And if you are looking to really create vibrant flair in your garden, there are a few top tips to follow.
1. Sow Poppies in Seed Trays
Whilst it is very easy to sow poppies straight into the garden border, if you want to manage your planting design a little more carefully it is a good idea to germinate specimens in seed trays. Whilst this will take a little more time and nurturing it will allow you to grow a specific number of healthy and strong plants. You can then plant poppies out in the exact places that you want them, grouping and interchanging specimens as you see fit. It is also a great way of garden designing if you are using several colors, allowing you to carefully select complimentary hues to plant next to each other.

 2. Stay Specific to Your Needs
It can often be tempting to get carried away and buy and sow many more seed varieties than you need. Before buying your seeds carefully look through all the poppy types that are on offer and work out exactly what you need. Have a clear vision of how you want your garden border to look, thinking carefully about the heights, colors, and impact that you want to create. Only buy poppies that will fulfill your requirements so that you don't end up with a clash of plants which don't meet your initial brief. You can of course buy other poppy seeds as well; just don't let your eagerness incorporate them into your clear design. Simply use these seeds somewhere else in the garden.
3. Choose Color Carefully
Color is very important when it comes to planting poppy seeds and it is vital that you choose the correct hues to not only compliment each other but compliment the rest of your garden. If your garden is a complete collage of color then it doesn't matter so much if you include lots of different shades. If you have a tropical garden border then stay away from whites and pinks and choose oranges, purples, and reds. If you're looking to create an elegant and chic style then using one white poppy paired with another color such as pink or purple is ideal. Meanwhile, if you're creating a feminine garden, choose a number of poppies with the same colors, allowing for an explosion of pink.
By putting a little time and effort into your poppy designs you can easily create stunning displays. And with Papaver somniferum poppies on lasting a year, you can change your garden's palette every single year to suit your mood, allowing your outside oasis to be a constantly changing environment.
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