The cuff is soft — all Lady Lady :)
Very unassuming and elegant, this herb doesn’t scream with its appearance, it creates a sophisticated backdrop for the more colorful perennials. However, without it, an English flower garden is not a flower garden.
The flowering of the cuff is more than modest, but nondescript yellow inflorescences form a cloud that hovers over the flower garden for a long time. And in September, flowering can be repeated if wilted flower stalks are cut off in time.
All care for the cuff comes down to autumn pruning of leaves, and given that this perennial is able to grow in one place for up to 10 years, it becomes clear why experienced gardeners love it so much. This flower can be safely called an unpretentious plant. By the way, the English version of the name is Lady’s mantle.
Of course, in order to get a voluminous curtain with large leaves, you should take care of the selection of the landing site and the composition of the soil.
So, the cuff loves moisture-intensive soils saturated with organic matter. That is, if your site has fertile loam, then it remains only to choose a place with sun-partial shade conditions and the beauty of the plant is provided.
This modest beauty is especially good in the morning hours, when dew drops linger on the villi on the leaves and shimmer like a scattering of diamonds in the rays of the rising sun.
Among the variety of species, and they say there are about 600, gardeners have chosen two, which I present below.
Soft cuff (Alchemilla mollis)
- Growth area: Turkey, Ukraine, Romania, Moldova.
- Flowering period: June — August.
- Colour: green leaves, yellow flowers.
- Height: 45-50 cm.
- Growing conditions: partial shade-sun, slightly moist humus soils.
- Features: perennial with pubescent leaf plate.
Alpine cuff (Alchemilla alpina)
- Growing area: Europe, Greenland.
- Flowering period: June.
- Color spectrum:
- Height: up to 20 cm.
- Growing Conditions: Full sun, well-drained humus-rich calcareous soil.
- Features: perennial, leaves strongly dissected, silvery-pubescent below.
Even though cuff is a medicinal plant, it is not poisonous and the leaves can be eaten.
Despite the modest appearance, the cuff may well do without accompaniment.
It makes magnificent borders, decorative from late spring to late autumn.
Any cuff is very fond of the background of the stone texture, even if it is a concrete tile or brick.
What can we say about the paths of crushed stone or gravel.
In rockeries, it is customary to plant an alpine cuff, its small curtains of dissected finger leaves look perfect against the background of the rough factors of large stones.
But be that as it may, the cuff is, first of all, an ideal background.
As a pot plant, the cuff is grown in combination with noble garden plants to further emphasize their decorative effect. In the photo, the cuff was planted in one pot with a border rose and khakonekhloya.
COMBINATION IN COLOR AND SHAPE
The classic combination for a soft cuff is roses, catnip (veronica, sage). Inet pictures are full of such flower beds.
In the company to the cuff, you can add fern, spurge, hosts, Siberian iris, alliums, daylilies, phloxes, conifers, boxwood and barberries.
REPRODUCTION AND TRANSPLANT
The cuff reproduces well by self-seeding. This means that you will definitely not have problems with growing through seedlings from seeds.
Seeds are sown in the month of November and left to winter in the ground, in the spring, having undergone natural stratification, they will sprout, develop and be ready for transplantation by autumn.
By dividing the rhizome, it is even easier to propagate the cuff, however, relatively young individuals can be divided. Those that sit in one place for more than 4 years develop a deeply and widely branched stiff rhizome. And with the young, everything is simple: they are dug up and those parts that are easy to give in are separated from the rhizome. As a rule, these are processes with independently developed still young, thin, but rather long roots.
The delenki are planted in a school (some of the delenki may not take root) with shading, where they are provided with food (root formation stimulants) and moisture.
Transplantation to a permanent place is carried out at a distance sufficient for each species: alpine in increments of 20 cm, for soft this distance is increased to 50-60 cm. Here they can grow for at least a dozen years and will not interfere with each other.
All transplantation manipulations are carried out in early spring or early autumn.
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