Nature sometimes creates very bizarre shapes. Often a lonely tree stump or dried driftwood looks amazingly picturesque, reminding us of a fabulous goblin or other mysterious creatures. The art of creating a garden from roots - rutaria - is based on these properties of dried snags, roots and stumps. It is not difficult to create a rutary with your own hands, it is enough to show imagination and turn on the imagination.
If you have large trees in your garden, pruning them will always leave interestingly shaped branches. If there is a huge old stump on the site - do not rush to uproot it, the stump can be so transformed that it will become the central figure in your garden.
This decorative stump is conveniently located by the road, the wood is processed and painted. The large stump area allows several types of flowering plants to be grown in the recess. Various plants are planted between the roots. Such a stump is an excellent decorative composition on the site.
Rutarius is still a new word for us, although people with creative imagination have been creating decorative compositions from roots and stumps for a long time. The word is derived from the English "root" - root.
If there are no old stumps and trees on the site, you can go to the forest or planting. Here you can always find driftwood, remains of stumps, bark and large branches, which will be useful when creating rutaria. When updating a park area or streets in the city, you can find excellent stumps, and cuts, and logs.
After the materials for creating the rutaria have been selected, it is advisable to process them. Dry wood does not belong to durable materials, rutaria from untreated wood will retain its strength and appearance for a maximum of 6-7 years. The selected components need to be washed, doused with boiling water, where required - cleaned from dust, where necessary - sawed, joined or cut off. The tree can be opened with varnish, treated with special impregnations, painted. But if the service life of 7 years suits you, it is enough to clean the tree of insects and dust and leave it in its natural form.
Rutaria are created today both in apartments (mini-rutaria) and in summer cottages. The garden rutarius transforms your relaxation corner, making it mysterious and cozier, and will go well with whatever style you choose for your garden. In order for a root garden to be successful, you need to take into account some rules and know something:
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Below are illustrations of all three options.
Such a rutaria could be considered natural, but the wood is processed here in a special way - the texture is emphasized, the wood is painted, so this option is rather decorative.
But this option is practically untouched, as nature intended. For decoration, the author decided to plant flowers right in the center of the composition.
An example of a decorative rutaria. An interesting composition, in the center of which there is an inverted cultivated root surrounded by various plants
Such a rutaria can be made near a recreation area or a playground. When creating, garden decor is used in the form of a gnome figurine, a wooden barrel, stones, a stump and a wattle in the background
We offer several options to choose from:
Rutarium in landscaping should ideally blend into a harmonious whole with your site and garden style.
In the far corner of the garden, you can place the figure of such a mysterious monster peeping out of the thickets. The driftwood is preserved in its natural form, the edges are slightly sawn, and a stone is used for the eye
In combination with living plants, the composition will look brighter and more pleasing to the eyes. Plants should not be particularly lush, with luxurious flowers, because the main emphasis is on wood figures. One of the most successful solutions is to make something like a flowerpot out of a stump or log. This is easy if the wood is rotten. It is necessary to remove the core, process the tree and cover the vacated space with earth. In such a peculiar container, fern, modest periwinkle flowers, chamomile will grow well and look. Cornflowers, phloxes, petunias and black shaves are unpretentious and will also look good in rutaria.
Ferns and ivy look spectacular against the background of dry gray wood, making the rutaria picturesque. You can use pieces of lawn, mosses, combine them with a stone. Plants in rutaria can be changed at will, this is real creativity.
In a single composition, sometimes bright flowers also look good.
The figurine of a cute goblin with glass eyes against the background of a fern is an example of the simplest rutaria. The driftwood has undergone a little processing, selected a good material for the eyes - and the composition is ready
It is very pleasant to work on the creation of a root garden, and the finished creation of your own hands will delight you even more.
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If there are old stumps in your area, that's great. Do not rush to uproot them, because they can become key figures in your garden. When pruning trees, do not throw away the twigs, some of them look fabulous. All this will come in handy when arranging a rutaria with your own hands - a garden of stones.
More recently, a new word "rutary" has appeared in landscape design. It is used to designate a section of the garden, for the design of which various roots and driftwood were taken. The fashion for arranging such corners came from the West. Initially, we put driftwood in an alpine slide as a highlight, or used the roots of large trees when creating garden furniture as an integral part of it. And only recently, the root garden has become a full-fledged device in landscape art.
The advantage of rutaria is that it is impossible to create two identical compositions, because in nature there are no two identical stumps, snags or logs. Each of them will be unique in its own way. Let's first find out what are the corners with roots:
A corner with roots, logs and snags does not fit all the style solutions of the personal plot. In a garden that is decorated in a regular style, with ordered elements and strict geometric shapes, rutaria will be out of place. A French, Italian garden or baroque plot will look ridiculous when surrounded by disordered driftwood. But few choose the classics of the genre, but equip the plot in a mixed style.
So the work of laying out a root garden begins with the design of the composition. To do this, use our recommendations:
When choosing a place for arranging a clearing with snags, consider the following recommendations:
After choosing a place for rutaria, you should start preparing the material:
The lifespan of a rock garden depends on the condition of the tree. Therefore, special attention should be paid to the preparation of the material:
The composition will become bright and not so gloomy if, in combination with snags and stumps, plants, fresh flowers and shrubs grow in the summer cottage:
Now it's time to decorate the root garden:
But if you think that after the arrangement of the rutaria you can forget about it, then you are mistaken. It requires constant care:
Thus, it is not difficult to make a garden of roots and snags on your site. The main thing in this business is rich imagination! And then even the most remote and gloomy corner will become an original place for the whole family to relax.
Rutary can be the main component of the design
When deciding to make an original composition on your site, you should take into account several nuances and tips. So, rutaria can act as an independent unit of landscape design, and be an auxiliary element in a complex composition. It is worth noting that in the first case, you will need to pay great attention and attract professionals, and in the second, everything is quite simple, and any novice gardener can cope with the task at hand.
The many benefits of rutaria include:
There are several types of rutaria.
Natural. This is the main type of rutaria. You can create it in the country, including in the composition those materials that are on the territory. For example, an old tree that has been cut down can become the basis for a future root garden. Small flowers that are planted directly into the stump will look quite original. Stone and moss should be included as a supplement and are also easy to obtain.
Hemp instead of flowerpots
The simplest. The composition includes exclusively driftwood and stumps. They will be a harmonious addition to the alpine slide, or they will find a place for themselves in a secluded corner of the garden.
Decorative. The most difficult type, since when it is designed and created, figures made of wood and various plants are necessarily included. Skilled craftsmen make fairy-tale characters and animals from unsightly snags. This will certainly require at least the advice of a professional, but as a result, you can get something more than a simple set of roots.
A stump garden is formed according to certain rules so that it looks harmonious on the site. Remember the following points:
The composition is created in a certain direction, which is set initially. For example, a corner can be made scary for adults or fabulous for children. You can combine good and evil, where there is more good.
Rutaria in landscape design should look holistic and have one concept. It is necessary that it blends harmoniously with the surrounding environment.
The durability of the conceived composition is of no small importance, so carefully select the blanks.
The further the root garden is from its habitable areas, the more natural it should look. Consider this point when choosing elements and processing them.
It is necessary to have an idea of the appearance of the future garden. You may have to change the boundaries of the recreation area and the location of the site, buy and plant ornamental plants.
In the compositions, it is desirable to use stones that will be a good addition to the driftwood. Don't forget about interesting factory-made figurines.
Leave enough free space on the site so that it remains possible to care for it.
Household plots can be faceless, having just a few beds, or you can show imagination and make a real fairy tale out of a summer cottage. One of the possible elements of transformation is rutaria. This landscape design decor is created with your own hands using wood, a new fashionable trend using snags, logs, stumps, roots and branches, the so-called "Root Garden".
Of course, if branches are carelessly scattered around the site, there will be no beauty here, and even more so some kind of originality of landscape design. But if you put together driftwood, flowers and other decorative elements (old bottles, tires, lanterns, figurines, stones) with your own hands, you will get an author's composition that can decorate the most unsightly place in the garden or, on the contrary, take the main thing. Of the flowers in the compilation of rutaria, creeping species and undersized perennials, moss are used. When planting flowers, consider their growth and growing characteristics.
The stump in the compilation of rutaria is the main element, do not uproot it, use it as much as possible in landscape design. Stones can be of any size and shape, they can be varnished, in small quantities they will become a point in the composition. Moss often lives on stumps and branches, it will become an addition and some value.
If you use a stump as a container for planting plants, then feel free to plant a fern, ivy or hostu, but first remove all the dust inside the stump, clean it and fill it with the necessary soil. You can plant asters, lilies, sedum, daisies around the stump. Do not hide the hollow in the snag, but also use it as a planting site, for example, rejuvenated, petunias or lobelia. Ornamental cereals will also be appropriate in the composition.
When drawing up rutaria, they use fairy gnomes who protect their home, swans from old tires, a wooden tub with an old wheel from a cart or a painted shoe, inside which to plant flowers.
After the rutaria is completed, it needs to be delineated. For this, bottles are suitable, turned upside down, stones. The shape of the border can be anything from a clear circle to wavy lines. The voids in any composition can always be covered with pebbles.
When making rutaria with your own hands, do not use only wood elements, be sure to add flowers, this will make the composition more interesting. When placing accents in the garden, pay attention to the color combinations.
How to increase the life of rutaria
Unfortunately, such natural compositions are short-lived, up to 3 years, depending on the state of the tree. You can increase the lifespan like this: first peel off the bark from the driftwood, then pour boiling water over all parts of the tree. This is done to destroy pests and their larvae inside the wood, such as the bark beetle. And also wood processing will allow you to stand longer in the sun, rain and frost. Then dry it and treat it with an antiseptic 2-3 times.
Using varnish will give the wood an unnatural shade. If this does not matter, then rutaria can be made multi-colored by painting parts of the tree with paint. However, no matter how we process the tree, over time it will still fall into disrepair, it dries up from the sun, and rots from moisture, but you should not be afraid of this and you do not need to give up such ideas.
Rutaria is best created in May-June, when the soil is well warmed up, when it is time to plant flowers and there is time to enjoy your work. Turn this into a place to relax, put up a bench or a sun lounger.
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In fact, there is no step-by-step instructions for creating a rutary as such, because this process is very creative. However, there are some unspoken rules for creating such decorations in the garden: