Garden flowers

Biennials: essentials in the garden


Prepare to sow the campanulas, nasturtiums, daisies, thoughts, forget-me-not, among other summer beauties.

Biennials are a must in the garden!

The flowers are either perennial, annual, or biennial. The first bloom again year after year. The latter bud only a few months after semi or planting and delight us for a season. As for biennials, they have a life cycle of two years: the first year, they develop, leaves and roots, and flower the following year.

Unmissable biennials

This is the case, for example, of wallflowers, eyelets, violas cornutas (or thoughts), cyclamen, euphorbias, digital, delphiniums, hollyhocks, pope's coin, sweet Pea, borage

In the vegetable garden too, biennials are attractive: beet, chard, broccoli, celeriac, chicory, cabbage, spinach, fennel, lettuce, chewed up, parsnip, leek and salsify.

Biennials, easy-going plants

The major advantage of biennials is their resistance to cold since it is essential for their development. They are sown in the ground at the beginning of summer (June-July-August), or planted in the fall, to flower the following spring.

The only drawback: anticipating and buying seedlings upstream to give them time to flourish. The alternative for those in a hurry is therefore to buy them in a bucket, just to plant them. Then take them out of the pot to soak them for a few minutes in warm water, then place them in the hole you have prepared, and cover with soil, tamping lightly before watering.

Biennials love sunny gardens and soil enriched with compost. Leave them room to expand, they will only be more spectacular. Some like the forget-me-not can even form a delicate carpet of flowers. They require almost no maintenance, only a well-dosed watering and mulching in winter.

The exception: thought

The thoughts are the only biennials that can flower, depending on the variety, from the first fall… if they have been sown in early June. They are among the easiest flowers to obtain by semi, so get started!

There are many varieties with very varied colors.

Claire Lelong-Lehoang

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