Long Lasting Statice Garden Plants
Statice flower garden plants are long-lasting annuals with sturdy stems and compact, colorful blooms that are deer resistant. Gardens in rugged soil can also benefit from these flowers, which add rich blocks of color like purple, pink, red, white, and sometimes orange. A small cluster of statice garden plants can be planted to provide a splash of color, or larger bushes can be selected for rich blocks of color. Because this flower prefers less than ideal soil conditions, gardeners with rich, healthy, dense soil should add sand to make the soil loamy and rough. Different varieties can be found thriving in almost any weather conditions from the heat of the tropics to the cool of Northern Europe, so check with your garden supply when selecting plants. Most gardeners find it easiest to plant statice seedlings which have been raised in a commercial greenhouse. The plants should be installed after the last frost in sandy, slightly alkaline soil with excellent drainage. This plant likes to be slightly dry, and also prefers full sun.
Add compost or a slow releasing fertilizer to the soil to nourish the plants while they grow, and cut back the flowers periodically to encourage more blooming. At the end of the season, annual varieties should be ripped out, while perennials should be trimmed back to the ground so that they will not get frostbitten. Caring statice garden plants can be minimal once the plant is established. In fact, once planted outside, the plant needs only occasional watering and pinching back as needed. Consider growing statice to brighten your garden and your indoor displays. This popular and low maintenance beauty can make your indoor flowers stand out and look like a professional florist has created your cut flower arrangements.