May 16, 2022 7:12 am

Garden in trouble: 6 species that grow fast

The development of a garden is a process to enjoy day by day. But, there may be a rush to find ways to fence, cover views, shade, and enjoy volume more quickly.

There are some solutions to fill the empty spaces left by plants to grow. The simplest is use large, tall annuals that, once the cycle is finished, they will disappear without leaving us sorrow.

They reach about a meter in height.

The Cosmos bipinnatus –with flowers in all shades of pink, red and white– measures a little more, and the C. sulphureus –with yellow or orange flowers– a few centimeters less; but both bring the joy of their summer daisies fluttering in the wind.

It is better to locate them in the sun, in soils with good drainage and preferably without too much fertility. They are sown between the end of winter and spring (depending on the area) directly in the ground and the best thing is that there is a distance of about 50 cm between plants.

How is it achieved? Meticulously placing two or three seeds with that distance or sowing sparsely and then thinning out the weakest plants. If the conditions of the place are good, they usually replant spontaneously from one year to the next.

Cosmos bipinnatus.Florence Cesio – Garden

Those of tall varieties –between 60 and 80 cm in height– they are perfect for planting in large multicolored beds, which will attract all eyes and butterflies in the fullness of summer.

Zinnias grow well in flower beds
Zinnias grow well in flower beds Inés Clusellas – Garden

They are also a quick volumizing solution, like cana or achira (Cane) and the topinambur. Although in this case they are difficult to remove once the planned vegetation requires it. The good thing is that they can then be easily relocated or given away.

The topinambur reaches up to 2 meters in height and forms important bushes thanks to the rapid generation of tubers. Is named Helianthus tuberosus y it produces multiple inflorescences, also yellow, about 10 cm in diameter.

Left: Zinnia elegans (zinia or paper flower).  Right: Helianthus tuberosus (topinambur).
Left: Zinnia elegans (zinia or paper flower). Right: Helianthus tuberosus (topinambur).Florence Cesio – Garden

It is not uncommon that, looking for quick shade, people resort to pergolas that sometimes in one or two seasons can be covered with foliage, unlike trees that usually take much longer to cast a good and refreshing shade.

There are no magic beans that grow overnight, but some climbers are fast, like the lady of the night (Ipomoea alba), which will provide shade during the day with its large heart-shaped leaves; In addition, in summer and until the first cold days, it blooms with white and fragrant bells that open towards sunset to call its pollinators and set the scene for nightly gatherings in the garden.

Ipomoea alba
Ipomoea albaIng. Agr. Gabriela Benito

subshrubs they are very convenient to quickly occupy a space.

Fast growing is Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia), with gray foliage and bluish flowers, which reaches 1.5 m in height.

Blue sage (Salvia guaranitica), although it advances on the ground and is difficult to control over time, or Salvia ‘Amistad’, a hybrid with violet flowers that also attracts hummingbirds and does not invasively occupy space.

Left: Salvia guaranitica: it has extensive flowering, attracts hummingbirds and pollinators.  It is usually quite invasive.  Right: Perovskia atriplicifolia: its foliage is ethereal and its flowers attract butterflies.  Does not tolerate waterlogging
Left: Salvia guaranitica: it has extensive flowering, attracts hummingbirds and pollinators. It is usually quite invasive. Right: Perovskia atriplicifolia: its foliage is ethereal and its flowers attract butterflies. Does not tolerate waterloggingArchive – Garden

Among the flowering trees, the kiri (Paulownia tomentosa) grows very fast.

It was introduced in the country as a forest tree and from there it subjugated as an ornamental for its large bluish inflorescences, which appear in spring, before the large leaves.

It can reach more than 15 m in height and 10 in diameter.

Left: Salvia guaranitica (blue sage).  Right: Paulownia tomentosa (kiri).
Left: Salvia guaranitica (blue sage). Right: Paulownia tomentosa (kiri).Florence Cesio – Garden

FAST VS. SLOW

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