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Video: Rogersia Is An Unpretentious Exotic. Planting, Care, Cultivation. Photo
Sometimes you really want to plant something unusual and amazing in your garden, for your joy and for the envy (of course, kind) of neighbors and friends. But most of the exotic plants that have recently appeared on the market, unfortunately, are very capricious and require laborious care. It often happens like this: having spent a considerable amount on the purchase of a new garden pet, which (according to the seller's promise) will delight you with its flowering for more than one season, you do not even have time to enjoy its extraordinary appearance. We have to bitterly mourn both the thrown away money and the empty space in the flower bed. But not everything is so sad! Among the “exotics” it is quite possible to pick up relatively unpretentious and at the same time very decorative species. We will now talk about one of them - Rogers.
Rogersia is a fairly large decorative deciduous plant of the saxifrage family, which has long (since the beginning of the last century) firmly established itself in European gardens and parks, although it has not yet become widespread in Russia. But in vain! And that's why.
- Rogers' exceptional decorativeness
- The use of Rogers in garden design
- Growing Rogers
Rogers' exceptional decorativeness
The spectacular appearance of Rogers immediately catches the eye of even the most sophisticated gardeners. Its finger-like (Rogersia horse-chestnut and podophyllous) or feathery (Rogersia pinnate and elder-leaved) leaves form beautiful powerful clumps of rich green color. Rogersia leaves grow from a strong creeping rhizome, they are very embossed, long-petiolized.
The largest leaves and powerful petioles are distinguished by Rogersia horse chestnut. The shape of the bush is very compact and round. Rogersia peduncles with pinkish-white or cream flowers, collected in a complex panicle and possessing a pleasant light aroma, reach a height of 120-150 cm. Inflorescences bloom in the middle lane in early - mid-July and delight the eye for at least a month. The rest of the time, the plant will decorate your garden with its dissected exotic leaves, which, with the onset of autumn, are painted in juicy bronze, raspberry or reddish-purple tones.
The use of Rogers in garden design
Rogersia will not only decorate flower beds, rabatki, mixborders, but also serve as an excellent frame for a garden pond. By the way, if you plant a Rogers right near the water or in a swampy place, its autumn colors will be especially bright and saturated. Do not take your eyes off! Rogersia does an excellent job of being a plant for a rocky garden. True, it does not make sense to grow it on small alpine hills (it is too big), but in large rockeries it will rightfully become a real high-altitude dominant.
Rogersia itself has a great decorative effect, however, by planting it in the garden together with hosta, incense, bells, fern or podophyllum, you can get very unusual and interesting compositions. The plant will look no worse in single-species plantings, comfortably located, for example, under the shade of trees, on a lawn.
Another positive property of Rogers is its amazing simplicity, undemanding care. Although, of course, this non-capricious plant also has its own characteristics, which it is advisable to take into account so that it is as comfortable as possible in the garden. First, Rogers does best in partially shaded or, if the soil is damp, sunny. Secondly, despite the fact that the plant does not impose special requirements on soils, it still grows and develops better on light and nutritious loams, preferring them to heavy clay soil.
Planting and breeding births
When planting Rogers, it is worth adding more humus, compost or peat to the soil, and the plant will certainly respond to the care, it will bloom for a long time and magnificently. Rogers 'rhizome is buried into the ground no more than 4-6 cm. Rogers' rhizome reaches normal, "adult" sizes already 2-3 years after planting, which must be taken into account when creating decorative plant compositions. An amazing property of Rogers is that with the right choice of planting site, the plant will not need to be replanted for several decades!
Rogers breeds quite simply. In spring, its rhizome is divided and the divisions are immediately planted in a permanent place. In the second half of summer, Rogersia is propagated by leafy cuttings with a "heel". Well, fans of "conjuring" can try to propagate the plant by seeds. However, Rogersia seeds germinate rather poorly and for a very long time, and seedlings develop too slowly compared to plants obtained by dividing the rhizome.
In addition, Rogers are often cross-pollinated, therefore, to collect seeds, different species of this plant must be planted at a fairly decent distance from one another. In general, this activity is only suitable for the most patient gardeners.
Like the vast majority of garden plants, Rogersia needs to mulch the soil around it to help it retain the moisture it needs for longer. During the period of active growth, Rogers needs frequent watering (but this is not so tiring). Well, at the end of the season, the stems need to be cut at the root, and the plant will "fall asleep" in order to decorate your garden again next year.
Despite the fact that Rogersia came to us from East Asia (Japan, Korea and the western regions of China), it is quite winter-hardy (it can withstand frosts down to -23 … -25 ° С) and does not need serious shelter. Although, of course, a light shelter with dry leaves will not be at all superfluous in snowless winters.
That, in general, is all. I hope that this material will interest many amateur gardeners and Rogersia will finally take its rightful place in our gardens.