Five Tips for Creating Beautiful Poppies
There are so wide perennial poppy seed varieties and uses for these eye-catching blooms that any gardener would be wise to investigate their benefits. Now that Fall has arrived, it is time to start thinking about next year’s early spring flowering display. As you plan your garden scheme and prepare for the next planting, think about where you’ll need to plant, what size plants you’ll need, and which colors will work best. Autumn is ideal for purchasing seeds; perennial poppies look great in any garden. They are perennial in the sense that they reappear year after year. Here are five tips for growing the most demanding plants and best bloomers. What is the best way to buy papaver somniferum pods?
Oriental poppies should be cut back to ground level after blooming to increase plant vigor and improve blooms. When the flowers and leaves start to wilt, cut the plant back to the ground, and it will regenerate, returning stronger and healthier. In addition, it will shine the following blooming season; this is especially important in herbaceous borders, as it will pop up among the greenery and provide that eye-catching contrast required to smooth the edge.
2. Select the Right Variety for Shaded Areas
Perennial Poppy Seeds produce many plants that thrive in shady conditions. Many landscapers use more common plants like vincas or ferns for green cover, but poppy species like Meconopsis do well in moist shades and add a nice splash of color to the greenery. The Himalayan Blue Poppy, for example, has blue blooms that bring out the greens in the foliage and seem to elevate the entire area to new heights.
3. Use Glorious Color to Set the Mood
Oriental poppies come in so many colors that it’s difficult to choose. However, it will help to decide whether you want a splash of vibrant color or a softer “cottage” feel to the landscape. You could use a more delicate white and pink color scheme for the latter. Fill the borders with bright oranges and purples for a tropical feel for more intense color. In any case, you can’t go wrong with Oriental poppies for whatever colors set the mood you want.
4. Use containers and pots to liven up dead zones.
Dead zones can be significantly brightened by adding containers and pots filled with poppy varieties such as Papaver Alpinium. (aka alpine poppies). Cover the container with gravel mulch to contrast with the showy blooms. You can also use Iceland poppies, bringing life to any dead spot in your garden.
5. Keep the Seeds
You may wonder why we recommend collecting your seeds when seeds are so plentiful and inexpensive. Well, it requires minimal effort and costs you nothing. Most gardeners collect and save seeds from annual poppies but overlook the apparent benefits of storing perennial seeds. Although Oriental poppies require a little more effort to propagate, other varieties can be excellent seed sources. Shake the seed pods gently into a paper bag, store them over the winter, and plant them in early spring to get great new plants with unique blooms.