The girl's eye - a perennial flower for bed and balcony
If you are looking for a low-maintenance and long-lasting flowering plant, then the girl's eye, botanically Coreopsis, is the ideal choice. It is hardy and can be planted in a perennial bed in the garden. There are only a few requirements that the beauty eye, as the plant is also called, has.
Soil and location
If you are buying a girl's eye, then you should be able to offer it the optimum location. This should be sunny. The more hours of sunlight the plant receives, the more abundant the flowers will be. As a plant, the sweet pea is a valuable nectar and pollen plant for insects in the garden, which is why a lush flower should be encouraged.
One reason why müdchen's eyes are so popular in the garden is that they are not very demanding on the soil. The plant copes well with all types of soil. However, it is advantageous if the soil is loose and humus-rich. Coreopsis does not tolerate waterlogging very well. If the soil tends to become waterlogged, you should fill a drainage hole with lava granules before planting.
Flowering plants do well in dry soil. Nevertheless, you should water at regular intervals. However, it is sufficient to water thoroughly once a week. At intervals of three to four weeks you can water the girl's eye with liquid fertiliser. A fertiliser that promotes the formation of flowers in the girl's eye is ideal.
The flowering period of the girl's eye is very long. The first flowers appear in July at the latest and bloom until September. If you regularly remove faded flowers from the coreopsis, you can encourage the formation of new flowers and also prolong the flowering period somewhat.
As the girl's eye is winter-hardy, it should be cut back to a height of about 15 cm in autumn. This encourages the formation of strong overwintering rosettes.
Use of the coreopsis
As flowers, the girls' eyes are also eye-catching in the vase. The flowers of coreopsis can be combined with other delicate cut flowers such as flame flowers Due to its robustness, the perennial flower is ideal for difficult locations, which means that the girl's eye also cuts a good figure in the rock garden, where it can be combined with lavender or the heather carnation, for example. As the eye only reaches a maximum height of 50 cm and prefers sunny spots, it should be placed in the front rows of the perennial bed. There it can be combined with, for example, the Japanese blood grass