Today lingonberry causes gardeners of great interest not only as a fruit, but also as ornamental plants. The merits of this plant is really a lot. Valuable berries provided a rare form for our climate — evergreen deciduous plants, which means that it retains decorative throughout the season. Add to this charming porcelain bells and coral berries, as well as durability and relative simplicity, and you get the perfect dekorativnolistnyh, dekorativnoplodnoe and flowering plants — a real boon for garden design. But keep in mind: cranberries brightness is different, so its appearance in the garden should be accompanied by «special effects» and should be planted on a personal catwalk. And then the rocky garden, rockeries and alpine slide may take a completely different view, if, instead of the traditional stonecrops or saxifrage land cranberries and other garden rarity with similar requirements to growth conditions.
What conditions are necessary to create cranberries to your garden, it felt as good as in your own forest? First, choose a well-lit place. In the shadow of it, too, will be able to survive, but then you have to enjoy it just leaves: no colorful blooms or berries, you will not see. Secondly, the plants need acidic soil with a pH of 3.5 to 5. Cranberry growing in the nature or on sandy and sandy loam or on peat soils, clay-loam and heavy it will never be found. In the garden for its growing use different peat-sand mixture in different ratios (2: 1,3: 1,4: 1). Peat is desirable to take a horse can be a transition, sand — river. The third condition — sufficient soil moisture. Lingonberry likes to water was within reach of the roots at a depth of 30-40 cm from the soil surface.
Remember that before planting cranberries soil should be thoroughly cleaned of weeds, and in the future necessary to maintain planting clean. Activity helps suppress weeds mulch. As the mulch is best to use peat or pine litter. Important: leaf litter for cranberries is not appropriate, because in the wild it grows in coniferous forests.
How convenient berries cranberries grown in the garden a width of about 40 cm. Because of natural soils suitable for upland and transitional peat, loam and sand, even though on sandy soils yield almost twice lower. In clays and heavy loams require complete replacement of the upper layer of the soil with a bayonet spade (20-25 cm) of peat-sand mixture. Combine the beauty and benefit can be in this original decoration garden plot as cowberry Polyana — a small plantation, decorated in a natural style. Another kind of like landing — cranberry lawn.
As ornamental plants cranberries grown in low or high (depending on variety) curbs along the tracks, heather gardens, Japanese gardens, rockeries and containers, by analogy with curly boxwood shrubs. Fruiting cranberries with red berries looks great on the background of coniferous plants. And where for normal fruiting is not enough light, cranberries can be useful as an evergreen groundcover shrub.
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The design of the garden is more important not to yield, and decorative features varieties: bush height, color of leaves and berries, berry value of brushes. So it makes sense to look at the grades ‘Coral’ and ‘Red Pearl’, which have a relatively high «growth», large branched tassels and bright colors of leaves and berries. In the variety ‘Coral’ average height of the bushes about 30 cm, the maximum — 43 cm at the ‘Red Pearl’ -20-30 cm. Most other varieties much lower and produce less fruit in your hands. Where required low-growing plants, ground cover is well suited remontant cultivar ‘Mazovia’.