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Ridiculously Easy Ways to Make Your Artificial Christmas Tree Look Fuller

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Have you ever brought out the holiday decorations and wished your Christmas tree was fuller?

Let’s make our fake Christmas tree look fuller…it is easy!

We’ve got some holiday hacks that are SO easy you won’t believe it. Here’s a few simple tips on how to make your Christmas tree look fuller!

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How To Make Your Christmas Tree Look Fuller

One of the main reasons why an artificial tree doesn’t look like a real tree is because you can see the fake tree trunk of the tree through the skimpy branches. Our goal here no matter the size of your tree is to fill out your holiday tree to give it a natural look and visual appeal.

Don’t let your faux tree detract from the Christmas spirit!

Related: How to Make Your Fake Christmas Tree Smell Like a Real Tree

This one Christmas tree hack can change everything!


Vary Your Christmas Light Size

The first trick is really simple — all you have to do is string two sizes of lights on your tree.

They can both be the same color scheme like white lights , but one string should be the mini lights while the other a more traditional size. I like the incandescent bulbs as one of the light strings just because it gives a traditional tree look.

Look at the difference a strand of white lights can make…

We have a pre-lit tree, so I just added a couple of strands of these large bulbs around the tree and the difference is astounding! It gives the tree that looked sparse to begin with a lot more body.

Before and After our two-size light makeover!

The second set of lights adds dimension to the tree, making it beautiful and bright. You could even do this with colored lights if wanted. The secret is in the bigger set of lights.

Cheat a little by adding some additional greenery!

2. Wrap Sparse Areas with Garland

Another way to make your fake Christmas tree look fuller is to wrap your tree, particularly sparse areas, with evergreen garland.

If you just have a hole or two in the branches of your tree, adding a little fullness to the greenery can increase the natural elements look of the area and make a huge difference.

If you are filling in throughout the entire tree, consider using a slightly different shade of garland as a contrasting color to give depth. <–Just a little Christmas tree hack!

3. Wrap with Wide Ribbon

Another way is very similar, you can add a big ribbon throughout your entire tree to make it look fuller as it’ll take up the open areas of your Christmas tree branches. I love the look of wide ribbon because it just screams festive season!

4. Decorate with Larger Ornaments

Take inspiration from window displays for your faux Christmas tree decorations. Often you will find that retail and commercial shop windows and interior designer Christmas trees will have oversized ornaments.

In my living room, my holiday tree has a layer of very large Christmas balls that I hang on the tree first back inside the depths of the pine needles covering the thin tree trunk giving the branch tips even more contrast.

5. Add Floral Picks

If your tree is sparse, try adding pine picks in the more bare spots. It makes your tree look fuller and gives it a unique look. I also have a set of floral picks that have pine cones so they are part Christmas tree decorations and part branch filler-outer (totally a word).

6. When in Doubt, Let it Snow

Adding snow to your tree can also make it look much fuller as well. It doesn’t have to be a full flocking on the Christmas tree, but strategic placement of the white wintery look.

Add a little sparkle to your tree!

7. Reflective Ornaments to the Rescue

Your ornaments play a big part in how fall your tree looks too. Shiny and reflective ornaments will make it look fuller.

8. Big Bows Make a Big Impact

You can also make your tree look fuller by placing bows in the sparse spots depending on the look of your Christmas decorations. I also like using several different sizes and colors of bows adding to the visual depth.

9. Cover the Bottom of the Tree

Use a tree skirt or liberal amount of fabric to fully cover the tree stand and the tree trunk at the bottom of the tree. Even expensive faux trees have thin tree trunks and it is very obvious at the base of the Christmas tree.

Even before Santa delivers the Christmas presents, you want this area fully covered!

Sometimes we have to make due with what we have, but there is no reason we can’t make what we have look its best!

We can make our sparse slim trees, real or fake, look full and amazing with very little expense or effort!

Let’s Decorate Your Tree with Homemade Oranments!

  • Now it’s ready to add all of your homemade ornaments!
  • We added no-mess glitter ornaments to ours — they sparkle and shine in the lights! So beautiful!
  • Check out these printable Christmas ornaments kids can color and decorate.
  • Let’s make pipecleaner ornaments!
  • Let’s make a handprint ornament for our Christmas tree.
  • Want some more Christmas inspired decorating ideas? Then be sure to check out…30 Ways to Fill Ornaments 

Do you have any other tips and tricks to making your fake Christmas tree look fuller? Please let us know in the comments below!


Arena Blake used to spend her days in the White House writing about the president. Now she spends her days at the kitchen table writing about kids activities and Star Wars crafts.
She is the blogger behind The Nerd's Wife, a Dallas mom blog, and author of Awesome Edible Kids Crafts: 75 Super-Fun All-Natural Projects for Kids to Make and Eat. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas, with her husband and son.
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How to make a Christmas tree look fuller: 8 easy ideas

(Image credit: Future)

A beautifully decorated tree is the centerpiece of the holiday decorations inside your home. But whether yours is real or artificial, one problem you might encounter is how to make a Christmas tree look fuller.

Whichever color theme you select for the tree, and whether your decorations are traditional or more modern in style, if the tree itself looks uneven or a little spindly in places, or is simply skinnier than you’d like, your Christmas tree ideas are not going to pack the decorative punch they should, however well you dress it.

But it’s a problem you can remedy, and here we’ve put together the techniques you need to make a Christmas tree look fuller so yours appears both generous and magical this year.

How to make a Christmas tree look fuller

There are a number of tactics to call on when you’re wondering how to make a Christmas tree look fuller. But before you start, make sure you can work safely and have a step ladder to hand if the tree is a tall one. You might also want to don gloves if yours is a real tree to avoid skin irritation.

1. Fluff the branches

(Image credit: Alun Callender)

The number one strategy when it comes to making a Christmas tree look fuller is to fluff the branches. This is important whether the tree is real or artificial as the branches can become squashed during transport or, for artificial trees, during storage.

The goal of fluffing is to make the tree as wide as possible and therefore fuller. Put the tree into position first, but make sure to fluff and shape before adding any decorations. 

It’s important to work around the whole tree separating each branch so it fans out to occupy the largest possible area. If necessary, gently bend individual branches of a real tree to make the best overall shape, too. A fresh tree will have pliable rather than brittle branches.

2. Add reflective ornaments

(Image credit: Michael Sinclair)

Ornaments can be employed as part of the solution.

Choose plain versions in hues such as silver, gold, and white, and add them on the inside of the tree. These aren’t meant to be the main attraction but they will do the job of filling in any gaps, creating depth and reflecting the light with the result that the tree will look more substantial.

3. Count up lights

(Image credit: Future)

Lights are an essential part of the decorations but they can also help out when the issue of how to make a Christmas tree look fuller arises.

What’s crucial is to use them in sufficient numbers – a minimum of 100 lights per vertical foot (30cm) of the tree is a good ready reckoner.

Rather than working solely around the edges of the branches, position the lights so they shine from the inside of the tree as well to give the impression of depth and therefore the look of a fuller tree.

Put the lights in place before adding ornaments, or other decorations, as these will get in the way. Once the string lights are around the tree, switch them on to check they’re shining from the tree’s interior as well as around it, and adjust their position as necessary for a balanced look.

4. Boost foliage

(Image credit: Future / Tom Leighton)

Whether the tree is real or artificial, if it doesn’t appear generous enough, adding extra Christmas foliage ideas is a sound solution. Use dried or realistic artificial foliage, tuck it into any gaps.

It doesn’t matter that the foliage is different to that of the tree; different textures add interest to a real tree and a natural element to a faux one. Need to cluster elements? Use floral wire to hold the sprigs together.

Once the holidays are imminent even fresh foliage and blooms can be added to the tree to round out the shape and dress it appealingly.

Don‘t neglect the potential of Christmas tree picks either. Designs with white or red berries, colored leaves, or clusters of balls will fill out the tree and catch the eye.

(Image credit: Future / Jan Baldwin)

Choosing a theme will make a Christmas tree look fuller as well as giving it a professional designer’s touch. Working within a color palette, and choosing a more rustic, traditional, or classic twist for all that dresses the tree gives it an appearance that’s complete.

Don’t stint on combining different elements of tree decor to achieve a full look: ornaments, garlands, the tree topper, ribbons, and bows can all be part of the mix.

As you hang ornaments on the tree work from the top to the bottom stepping back to survey the results and adjusting as necessary. Thinking of a diamond shape can be helpful when hanging ornaments to fill the tree evenly, and put larger ornaments towards the center of the tree with smaller versions on the end of branches.

6. Go for garlands and ribbons

(Image credit: Simon Bevan)

When the question is how to make a Christmas tree look fuller, garlands are a brilliant answer. Draped around the edges of the branches, they’ll add to its width so it’s a more substantial presence.

Foliage-style garlands are a subtle way to make the tree fuller, but consider, too, brightly colored versions to make an impact.

Ribbons and bows attached to its branches are another route to a more generous tree. If you want to shape ribbons garland-style on the tree, opt for those with wired edges that will hold the outline you give them. 

7. Play with scale

(Image credit: David Brittain/Emily Brittain Delgardo)

It can feel like the right solution is to scale down ornaments and hanging decorations so the tree itself looks bigger, but incorporating larger versions fills the space and gives the tree a greater presence.

Size up on individual pieces, but consider, too, clustering together ornaments of different sizes. If you’re adopting this approach, go for odd numbers – a group of three is impactful.

8. Finish the tree high and low

(Image credit: Tim Young)

For a tree of maximum fullness, pay attention to both the top of the tree, and the base.

Pick a tree topper with good scale for the tree; a version that’s too small will detract from a full appearance. If the tree is of maximum height for the room, consider a bow-style tree topper that will still make a statement but doesn’t require space above the top of the tree. 

And once you’ve employed all the strategies that make the tree look fuller, finish it with a tree skirt or collar. It will conceal a spindly trunk or the legs of a stand that will make the effect unbalanced.

Are you supposed to water your Christmas tree?

Watering a real Christmas tree is essential if you want it to look its generous best for the holidays. If it’s short of water it can drop its needles, undoing the efforts to make it look fuller. 

The National Christmas Tree Association recommends a resevoir-style stand providing 1 quart (0.95l) of water per inch (2.5cm) of stem diameter. Check daily and fill as necessary so the level of water does not fall below the base of the tree, the experts advise. 

To keep the tree in best condition, make sure it is positioned away from heat sources like fires and vents, as well as out of direct sunlight, in addition to keeping the water in the stand topped up.

How do you fill an empty spot on a Christmas tree?

If you’re left with a few empty spots on the Christmas tree, blooms, berries, and foliage sprays can be great fillers. Fresh versions are an option, but silk flowers, artificial leaves, and berries in gold, silver, or red for a more natural look, can add what the tree is missing.

‘You might consider using these fillers to introduce a contrasting color to set against the palette you selected for the tree and make these extras really pop,’ says Lucy Searle, global editor in chief of Homes & Gardens. ‘If that’s the case, you’ll want to use them throughout the tree so the color contrast appears considered – the tactic won’t work if the new hue just appears in one or two spots.’

Sarah is a freelance journalist and editor. Previously executive editor of Ideal Home, she’s specialized in interiors, property and gardens for over 20 years, and covers interior design, house design, gardens, and cleaning and organizing a home for H&G. She’s written for websites, including Houzz, Channel 4’s flagship website, 4Homes, and Future’s T3; national newspapers, including The Guardian; and magazines including Future’s Country Homes & Interiors, Homebuilding & Renovating, Period Living, and Style at Home, as well as House Beautiful, Good Homes, Grand Designs, Homes & Antiques, LandLove and The English Home among others. It’s no big surprise that she likes to put what she writes about into practice, and is a serial house renovator. 

How to make deciduous trees yourself

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Now there is a very large selection of trees for sale, but if you want to make your layout more original and you have time, then you can make the trees yourself.

We will tell you how to make deciduous trees yourself, spending a minimum of money and a little time at home. These are the beautiful trees we get in the end.

For work we need: fine wire, dishwashing sponge or ordinary foam rubber, any cap or cardboard on which we will wind our wire, pliers, which are usually used in beadwork and green paint of different shades.

We wind the wire on the cover. For one tree, approximately 8-10 cm high, one coil is enough. But if you want a thicker trunk and a branched tree, then you can take more wire. Having wound, thus, the wire, cut it from one end. We straighten.

At the bottom, leave a centimeter and a half - two for the roots. They will continue to serve as the stand of our tree. Next, we begin to form a tree trunk by twisting it with pliers in one direction, as in the photo.

The roots were straightened at the bottom, twisting several wires into one. Next, we begin to form our crown, starting from the lower branches. To do this, we separate the bundle of 6-7 wires and twist it in a spiral to about half. Next, we divide our wires in half and twist further separately.

Then we leave one branch alone on each branch, and then twist two. It's as shown in the photo. By the same principle, we make 3-4 more lower branches. So that the branches of the second tier do not come into contact with the branches of the lower tier, we scroll the trunk a little more up.

We make the second tier of branches, again scroll the trunk and form the top in the same way as we did the rest of the branches. Here's what we should get.

And this is the skeleton of the future birch.

Next, thickly coat our tree with PVA glue. Glue in this case plays the role of a primer, thanks to which, our future painting of the trunk and branches will be easy and pleasant. Here is our tree completely covered with PVA glue (as if covered with snow). Let it dry completely, about 2-3 hours. As soon as the tree is completely dry, we begin to paint it. We paint the trunk and twigs either with brown acrylic, or, if it is birch, with light gray with black dots.

Next, paint our future crown. For this purpose, we took a sponge for washing dishes and plain white foam rubber. We poured some water into a bowl and added some acrylic paint in different shades. Here you can experiment with shades. If you need summer trees, then we use lighter shades of green, we need autumn leaves in darker colors and apply shades of red, yellow, etc. with a brush. Wrinkle the sponge in water so that it is evenly colored. We wet the sponge again and, without squeezing, apply paint to the sponge with a brush: first with one shade, then with another, then with a third. It is enough to apply a little paint on one side.

And then just crumple it in your hand, putting a glove or polyethylene on your hand. The sponge, as you can see, was painted unevenly, which is what we need. Since the sponge was yellow, it gave us an extra shade of yellow. Here's what we got. We wring out our sponge from excess water and put it on the battery or other surface until it dries completely. Another shade was obtained by dyeing ordinary white foam rubber. As you can see this one is more green. The first, lighter sponge went to the birch foliage.

Next, we rub the sponge on a fine iron grater and get such crumbly - the future foliage of our trees.

Next, we dip our tree in PVA glue or coat the branches with a brush and lower them into the crushed foliage. And so every branch. Then let it dry, shake off what is not stuck. Then we again apply glue to the branches, but not with a brush, but simply dripping drop by drop from the vial and pouring a little crumbly and again until completely dry. And so several times.

Here is a birch after the first dipping.

We made a stand for each tree, this is for demonstration purposes. Cut out mugs from cardboard. Glue the trees to the base with a glue gun. They also glue the trees to the layout. Grass was made from the same crumb. You can add flowers from any material available to you.
A nest was made from sisal on one of the trees.

We have such beautiful trees!

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Southern plants in the middle lane: how to replace boxwood and exotic plants in the middle lane

What if you want to grow cypress or crap in the Moscow Region Plot, glycinia and striving to freeze, and Budder doesn't bloom?

Aiken House & Gardens

Seeds and plants of almost any kind can be ordered online. And some sellers claim that in our latitudes all exotic plants will grow and flourish quickly. Do not rush to believe the promises, but do not immediately refuse exotics. Many crops that do not grow or develop poorly in our country can be replaced with similar species. Of course, an exact copy of a tropical garden will not work, but they will help create the desired image.

Noelle Johnson Landscape Consulting

Many exotic species can be grown with us as annuals or moved to the basement for the winter. In some heat-loving plants, through the efforts of breeders, varieties that are quite viable in our area have appeared. Individuals can be grown by carefully caring for them and surrounding them with care. But now it's not about how to grow southern plants in the north. Let's talk about replacement plants.

Ateliers Provence Paris

1. European olive (Olea europaea) - without this tree with textured bark and silvery leaves it is difficult to imagine the Mediterranean landscape. Its curved trunks and knotted branches create a beautiful graphic pattern, typical of Greek and Italian slopes. The olive is also grown in Portugal, Turkey, Montenegro, Georgia and other countries. Silvery leaves give a feeling of coolness in the heat. Calm colors and low contrast give a rest to the eyes in the sun-drenched southern landscape. It is a pity that this wonderful tree does not grow in our latitudes.

Solution: To create a Mediterranean look in the garden, use the characteristic features of olive trees: textured bark, curved branches and elongated silvery foliage. They can be found in quite winter-hardy species in our region.

LD Studio

  • Buckthorn buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) although it grows quite freely in our country, it looks very southern. The shade of its fissured bark is close to the grayish-brown tone of the olive bark. The leaves of the plant also have a cool shade and a silvery underside. And curved branches can create an olive-like silhouette. Although the thickness of the trunk of sea buckthorn buckthorn will not reach the same diameter as that of an olive.
  • Willow (Salix) - stocky, solid plant. Its different forms differ in proportions, patterns and shades of foliage. Depending on how the sheet is painted silver - entirely or only from the inside - the overall color of the tree changes. This quality can be used when thinking over a garden composition. To recreate the image of olive groves, silvery varieties with narrow, elongated, medium-sized leaves are perfect, for example, white willow (Salix alba) Argentea, Splendens, Sericea.

Elena Veselova

  • Silver sucker (Elaeagnus argentea) is another plant with silver foliage. Perhaps it is less known than the familiar and widespread willow and sea buckthorn. However, this hardy undemanding species grows well in our area. Its closest relative, narrow-leaved sucker (Elaeagnus angustifolia) , needs a more southern position, but it also develops well in central Russia.

Loch can also grow in tree and shrub form, but is more often presented as a shrub. Like sea buckthorn, fruits give it additional decorative effect. In addition, during flowering, the sucker fills the garden with a strong "southern" aroma.

2. Cypress (Cupressus) -
another southerner, which many summer residents want to see in their garden. the plant is loved for its slender, elongated silhouette, although not all cypress trees have this shape. Cypress alleys are another feature of the southern gardens.

Solution: The confidence that this tree can be grown in the middle lane is born for a reason - it can really be replaced by narrow-pyramidal or pin-shaped species that are stable in our country.

LD Studio

  • Western thuja (Thuja occidentalis) - the most natural substitute for cypress. It is able to create the very image of elongated slender spindle-shaped trees that cypress is famous for. She has a number of varieties with a crown of a similar shape. For example, the well-known variety Smaragd, as well as Columna, Gracilis, Indomitable.
  • Common juniper (Juniperus communis) and Cossack juniper (Juniperus sabina) also have forms with a narrow elongated crown, which are quite capable of replacing cypress. In the first species, you can use the varieties Constance Franklin, Columnaris, B2, in the second - Fastigiata, Erecta.

Conifers in the Garden: Selection and Application

Bannister Hall LTD

3. Boxwood (Buxus) is valued for its fine glossy foliage and ability to tolerate shearing. Thanks to its plasticity and endurance, boxwood has become a traditional plant material for clipped hedges and complex topiary forms. Here it is difficult for him to find a competitor. However, a rare gardener will take up carving intricate plant sculptures. In everyday life, topiary art is limited to geometric volumes - balls, pyramids, strict fences. And for these purposes, it is quite possible to choose a replacement for boxwood.

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Art in Green

Solution: Various shrubs can be used instead of boxwood.

  • Brilliant Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster lucidus) our most popular shrub for creating low cut hedges of strict forms. A hardy plant with shiny medium-sized leaves is considered an ideal candidate for this role - large geometric volumes are excellently obtained from it.
  • Spiraea (Spiraea) - its various forms with fine foliage lend themselves well to shearing. Due to the difference in the size and shape of the foliage, an additional effect can be created by playing textures by placing different plant varieties side by side.
  • Common privet (Ligustrum vulgare) is a traditional shrub for topiary shearing; It often freezes to the level of snow, so it is suitable for creating compact forms and low curbs.
  • Lingonberry (Vaccinium) is perfect for low compact borders and flower beds.

Högaböke Trädgårdsservice

4. Berry yew (Taxus baccata) - also a traditional plant for creating dense clipped hedges. In principle, it can be grown in the middle lane, but the culture is not winter-hardy enough and is unlikely to reach the peak of decorativeness.

Solution: fit spruce (Picea) , thuja (Thuja). These conifers tolerate pruning very well. With proper planting and regular shearing, they can form a dense all-weather opaque hedge with a uniform fine texture.

Hedges: 7 Essential Questions

Pamela Bateman Garden Design

0134 (Ilex aquifolium) - this evergreen shrub with bright fruits has become one of the symbols of Christmas, it adorns European gardens throughout the winter and is an attribute of winter bouquets. Its leaves have a very characteristic shape - oblong, pointed-toothed.

Solution: Holly mahonia (Mahonia aquifolia). The name of the plant speaks for itself its leaves really look like holly leaves. Magonia belongs to the evergreen deciduous species that are rare in our country. And it also has very decorative fruits, however, unlike the bright red fruits of the holly, they are bluish-blue in color.

This species is not problem free, but mahonia can still be grown to provide snow protection during frosty winters.

Biglin Architectural Group

6. Beautiful Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea spectabilis) -
Liana with bright colors, an attribute of resort photo shoots. A bright solid stream of pink and carmine flowers immediately creates a hot southern look. Her homeland is Brazil, so there is not the slightest chance of growing bougainvillea in Central Russian dachas. Is it possible to replace such an expressively tropical plant with something? Absolutely exact replacement will not work. But we can bring bright touches to the vertical gardening of the site.

Susan Cohan Gardens

Solution: Flowering vines and vines with decoratively colored leaves.

  • Clematis (Clematis) and prince (Atragene) - these vines, due to their abundant and long flowering, are quite capable of competing with exotic bougainvillea. When choosing the right place (for clematis - in the sun, for the prince - in partial shade) and good care, their flowers will also almost completely cover the plane of the wall or pergola.

The variety of varieties allows you to create expressive and vibrant color combinations. And flowers of different shapes and sizes can give the garden an almost tropical look. Sweet peas can also be used as an annual crop.

OLGA IEVLEVA Interior design & decoration

  • Actinidia kolomikta (Actinidia kolomikta) and parthenocissus (Parthenocissus) do not differ in bright exotic flowering. But their foliage is capable of creating a mosaic of colored spots of a completely tropical color. The leaves of actinidia are covered with cream and pink spots, so it is difficult to tell from a distance whether it is foliage or flower petals. And girlish grapes are distinguished by such an expressive autumn color that it is quite capable of replacing tropical flowers.

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Going Home To Roost

. 7. Wisteria Perhaps no other plant causes so many sighs of regret from our gardeners. Some even try to grow its most resistant forms in our latitudes. However, despite the success of individual enthusiasts, we have to admit that this most beautiful liana does not grow in our climate.

It is almost impossible to replace wisteria: its shape and abundant inflorescences are so characteristic. It remains only to create a hint of this image with the help of plants with inflorescences of a similar shape - hanging brushes with delicate flowers resembling a moth.

Trillium Landscaping Inc

Solution: black locust or white locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) 0134 (Laburnum alpinum) . They grow like shrubs or trees, but have weeping forms that allow you to fully reveal the decorative effect of hanging inflorescences and bring the plant's appearance closer to wisteria. However, their flowers, despite their resemblance to wisteria flowers, don't have the same luminous lilac hues.

Nevertheless, they are also very decorative when they form a falling stream - white in Robinia (also quite a typical color for wisteria) and yellow in Bean. Later, these plants adorn very unusual large pods.

Le jardinet

8. Camellia (Camellia) is a shrub strewn with delicate double or simpler flowers. Camellia sinensis is known to us as a tea bush. Due to its very beautiful flowering, camellia has long been used in horticulture as an ornamental plant.

Gardening with Confidence®

Solution: Camellia flowers are similar to double roses and peonies. We will look for a replacement among these species.
Roses in the garden: Choosing a place and planting

Le jardinet

A special advantage of the plant is autumn flowering. And the disadvantage is low winter hardiness. In Moscow and to the south, buddleia can be grown with varying success, but this species cannot be called sustainable in our latitudes.

SEE ALSO… (Lythrum) lily of the valley loosestrife (Lysimachia clethroides) veronicastrum (Veronicastrum)

Proven Winners

Their bright and large flowers immediately remind you of the sun and a relaxed holiday. We grow hibiscus as a houseplant. But it is quite possible to replace it with the closest relative with flowers of a similar shape, which is distinguished by a wide variety of varieties.

Kerry Lewis Landscape Architecture

Solution: mallow, or stock-rose (Alcea) - this species does not grow in our perennial culture either, but it is easy to grow and reproduces well, including self-sowing. It is not surprising that this southern species has long become familiar in our gardens. In addition, tree peonies ( Paeonia suffrutlcosa) are similar to hibiscus in the form of a bush and large cup-shaped flowers.

Good question: Should I plant annuals or perennials?

Laura Morton Design

11. Bamboo (Pleioblastus) -
is a whole group of plants characteristic of the Oriental garden. Due to the rapid growth, the possibilities of using bamboo are really wide. But most species are not suitable for our latitudes.

Solution: Frost-resistant bamboos - Kuril saza (Sasa kurilensis) and brilliant fargesia (Fargesia nitida) - can grow in the middle lane and in the North-West of Russia. They reach a height of 2-2.5 m. They remove the lower leaves to expose part of the stem, like bamboo. But even without that, the plants fit perfectly into the image of a Japanese garden.

Good question: How to choose the best grasses for your garden

debora carl landscape design

12. Desert plants captivate with their unusual shape. Thanks to their graphic and laconic lines, they are perfect for a modern landscape. And undemanding to watering and nutritional value of the soil make them desirable for many gardeners.

Roof Garden: Choosing the Right Plants

Phillips Garden

Solution: Many succulents grow well in the middle lane. Although our region is far from the sandy expanses of the desert, a large group of succulents with fleshy leaves and an "alien" appearance can be grown in Central Russian areas.

Stonecrop (Sedum) , Stonecrop (Hylotelephium) , young (Sempervivum) will not require you much trouble.

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