Full sun bed

Question: Full sun bed

Hi, I'd like some advice on what kind of plants to put in my new flowerbed facing south in the Po valley, the only plants that have been saved are two thyme, one green and the other variegated, I have the impression that butterflies or grasshoppers or snails eat or gnaw the aerial part of the other plants. I was thinking of taking perennials like dwarf carnations and dwarf asters. Can they survive? Thanks

Answer: Full sun bed

Dear Susanna,
the plants that you can place in your flowerbed depend only on your tastes and on the size of the flowerbed itself; since you cultivate us of the type, you can choose from some other aromatic, perhaps always keeping us among the aromatic of small dimensions, like the prostrate rosemary, or the santolina, with its beautiful gray leaves; there is also the dwarf lavender, but if not mints pruned the head, with the years will tend to get up, remaining woody and without leaves in the lower part. If you love carnations, surely they are good for your flowerbed, but I warn you that snails are fond of the leaves of the carnation, and therefore it would be advisable to keep these animals away. Generally on the market you can find special insecticidal baits against snails, but they are very harmful to the environment, and attract animals, so it happens that they are also eaten by cats or dogs, with decidedly unpleasant effects; you can, however, find granules against completely harmless snails, also suitable for organic cultivation, which are composed almost exclusively of iron, and it seems to chase snails out of the ground: these granules are not only scattered on the surface of the flowerbed, but also added to the soil when working it. If you love small ground cover plants, even the erodium, or saponaria, can be suitable, with their beautiful spring flowering; or even the sedum, which has beautiful plump leaves, which bear drought very well, disappears completely in winter, but new leaves and new flowers appear every year. If you prefer some annual plants, I recommend the cosmetics, they are little used plants in Italian gardens, but in fact I do not understand the reason: they are sown simply by spreading the seeds directly in the dwelling, the soil is kept just damp, and in the arc of a few weeks, small leaves and thin stems sprout, bearing large flowers of various colors, with four large petals; often the cosmeas produce so many flowers, that the seeds remain in the soil and reappear the following year. Or you can plant various kinds of daisies: if you like the genre, there are a thousand colors, a thousand varieties, and you can find daisies that bloom at the end of winter, like the classic bellis perennis, or daisies that bloom in autumn, like the September stars. If you search the internet for ground cover plants, most can live without problems even in the Po Valley.