For quite some time, summer residents and gardeners have ennobled their plots with such a tree as mountain pine. Mountain pine is widely used in landscape design, and numerous photos are a vivid confirmation of this. Agricultural companies offer a huge selection of varieties that vary in height (there are high, low, medium and dwarf). Range ranges from ten meters to twenty centimeters. There are more than a hundred varieties now.Mountain pine is widely used in landscape design
Why summer residents choose mountain pine
The smallest representatives of the species are called not trees, but shrubs and are used to create living fences and fences, or simply as a decorative part
Another reason why summer residents choose such pines is their ability to delight with their beauty for many years. These pines are long-lived. With the right care and the right climate, these trees can live from one hundred and fifty to three hundred years. Many choose them because by planting such a tree, they leave the memory of themselves to the future generation.
Landscape designers have long looked closely at mountain pines and are actively using them in their projects. Such a tree will perfectly decorate any area and will look good among stones. What a mountain pine looks like in landscape design can be seen in the photo.
There are many reasons why both designers and gardeners love this tree so much. Here is some of them:
These are, in fact, the main advantages of this tree, convincing that it should be planted in your summer cottage.
Which variety to choose
As mentioned above, mountain pine has more than a hundred varieties. But how to decide which pine to plant? Let's consider some of the varieties in more detail in order to have a rough idea of them.
Pumilio's mountain pine
This is what an adult mountain pine Pumilio plant looks like in landscape design.
Pumilio shrub height - 1.5-2 meters.
Representatives of this variety have small cones in the shape of a cone. Shoots stretch upward and form a "bowl" or "cauldron".
Like all mountain pines, the pumilio is resistant to low temperatures. Can grow in a fairly dark place, but planting is preferred where there is more sun. Do not be afraid that the plant will dry out with insufficient watering in a hot summer - the pumilio calmly tolerates drought. It is also unpretentious to the type of soil: alkaline or acidic - there is no difference.
A good solution would be to plant this shrub for those whose dacha is located near the city. Pumilio does not suffer from polluted air, but rather filters it.
Immediately after planting the shrub, the soil should be fed with special fertilizers for conifers. This should be done only during the first few years, so that the plant can feed on them and gain strength for further independent growth.
In early spring, when the soil is still cold, it is worth pouring warm water on the pumilio several times to help the plant wake up after winter.
It is also worth considering that if your summer cottage is located in a place where there is a lot of precipitation in winter, the shrubs need to be tied up in late autumn so that the branches do not break under the weight of the attacking snow.
The main breeding method of mountain pine is grafting and grafting. Gardeners try to avoid seeds because there are too few traits from the parent left in a plant grown from seed, which spoils the variety. Plus, the pine seed will grow for a long time.
By the way, there are some types of Pumilio that can be grown in pots. This makes it suitable for breeding in an apartment.
The next mountain pine variety that we will consider is mugus. Mugus, like the pumilio, is referred to as dwarf shrubs.
For a year, such a shrub grows about ten centimeters wide and twelve - in height. This is the standard data that growers use in describing a given variety. But it is worth remembering that the growth primarily depends on the amount of fertilizers applied, the sunshine of the place and other external factors.
Mugus will look good if you plant it along
Choosing a plant in the store is important.
Even despite the color of the crown, whether it is fresh or yellowish, first of all, attention should be paid to the root system. There should be no damage on it, the roots should be large and healthy.
If you pay due attention to mountain pine of any variety, take care of it and cover it for the winter, it will delight you with its green crown and fresh air for many years. Mountain pine in landscaping is a good idea for designers and gardeners.