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Question: Full sunbed

Hi, I would like some advice on what kind of plants to put in my new bed facing south in the Po Valley, the only plants that have survived are two thyme, one green and the other variegated, I have the impression that butterflies or grasshoppers or snails eat or gnaw the aerial part of the other seedlings. I thought of taking perennials as dwarf carnations and dwarf asters. Can they survive? Thank you


Answer: Full sunbed

Dear Susanna,

the plants you can place in your flowerbed depend only on your tastes and the size of the flowerbed itself; since you grow us of the type, you can choose from some other aromatic, perhaps always keeping us among the small aromatic ones, such as prostrate rosemary, or santolina, with its beautiful gray leaves; there is also dwarf lavender, but if you don't mince the head, with the years it will tend to get up, remaining woody and leafless in the lower part. If you love carnations, surely they are good for your flower bed, but I advise you that snails are fond of carnation leaves, and therefore it would be advisable to keep these animals away. Generally on the market you can find special insecticidal baits against snails, but they are very harmful to the environment, and attract animals, so it happens that they are also eaten by cats or dogs, with decidedly unpleasant effects; you can however find granules against completely harmless snails, also suitable for organic cultivation, which are composed almost exclusively of iron, and snails seem to chase the soil: these granules are not only scattered on the surface of the flower bed, but also added to the potting soil when working. If you love small ground cover plants, even erodium, or soapwort, may be suitable, with their beautiful spring blooms; or even the sedum, which has beautiful plump leaves, which withstand drought very well, disappears completely in winter, but every year new leaves and new flowers emerge. If you prefer some annual plants, I recommend the cosmee, they are little used plants in Italian gardens, but in fact I do not understand the reason: they are sown simply by scattering the seeds directly at home, the soil is kept just moist, and within a few weeks, small leaves and thin stems emerge bearing large flowers of various colors, with four large petals; often the cosmee produce so many flowers, that the seeds remain in the ground and reappear the following year. Or you can plant various types of daisies: if you like the genus, there are a thousand colors, a thousand varieties, and you can find daisies that bloom at the end of winter, like the classic bellis perennis, or daisies that bloom in the autumn, such as the September stars. If you search the internet for ground cover plants, most can live without problems even in the Po Valley.

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