Every spring we wait eagerly for our spring bulbs to put on a dazzling show, but once the blooms have faded and fallen, we are left with yellowing foliage.
If you've interplanted bulbs in a mixed border, perennial plants will start sprouting and shrubs will begin filling in at about the same time the bulbs are fading, slowly hiding them from view.
Bulbs that naturalize may become too dense to cover up, or may spread away from the cover plant in subsequent years.Enjoy the spring blooms while they are here and soon enough the foliage will die back to the ground and be forgotten.Meet the Plant Collections & Records Intern: Chase KrugA Day in the Life of a Landscape and Garden Maintenance InternPrivate Events Intern Leadership Project: Planning a Wedding Standard. The hybrids do tend to run down in my garden. You will notice them less as the garden fills with green and color. Use plant selections whose emerging foliage blocks your view of yellowing bulb tops. It seems to workYes, remembering where you planted things is a big plus. Published 10:00 pm PST, Wednesday, November 7, 2007 Article on planting bulbs in a garden in such a way that will hide dying foliage in fall and winter; drawing (L)9 It's too upright, perhaps. By MARTY WINGATE, SPECIAL TO THE P-I. If anything could win me away from the species tulips, that one could, with its pretty two-tone orangeness.I agree – most of mine are species tulips, too. While I find tulips to be unreliable in my garden (too warm, I think), I do have tons of daffodils that need hiding. While their leaves remain green and healthy for a few weeks, they then start to yellow and die, not so nice to see. However, that’s quite a job! A well planned planting scheme helps mitigate the unsightliness of collapsing bulb tops. I think daylilies are commonly used to hide bulb foliage. I have accidentally excavated or buried bulbs numerously.All great tips! Paul Zammit, TBG Horticultural Director, also recommends planting bulbs in front of a tall, drooping perennial grass, in our book 'Gardening from a Hammock.'
The leaves busily making food for next year’s flowers always have a bad hair day.Unless you have a “nursery bed” to uproot this year’s tulips to, so they can do their thing in private without spoiling your garden show, what do you do? But, in a small garden, how do you deal with the necessary (and unsightly) evil of ripening foliage afterwards?
I've tried centranthus ruber, but that's not so successful. I find that the dying bulb foliage is more effective at spoiling the sight of the emerging perennial foliage than the perennial foliage is at hiding the bulbs. Excellent points, Helen. Here are a few tricks for hiding the evidence: Roberta Cerniglia of New York uses wire hangers to help her garden look better while she's letting the bulb foliage ripen. It only draws attention to what should be obscured.Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Every spring finds me wishing I could turn back the clock to fall – to plant more bulbs. http://www.gardengatemagazine.com/articles/projects/all/tidy-up-with-wire-hangers/ Good posting Dave. You will notice them less as the garden fills with green and color. We garden in Toronto's east end, but poke our green noses into growing spaces all over. The Grounded Gardener: Don't remove dying bulb foliage, disguise it. Drop that trowel & please add your comments! I didn't even realize that the dying-back leaves would be narrower, so that's a plus too. The Grounded Gardener: Don't remove dying bulb foliage, disguise it. Every spring we wait eagerly for our spring bulbs to put on a dazzling show, but once the blooms have faded and fallen, we are left with yellowing foliage. One of the downsides is that annuals may need to be protected if a late frost hits.Of course, yellowing foliage is a natural part of plant progression and it isn’t necessary to remove or hide it. Who ever thought that was a good idea?! Thanks for the suggestion!MHM, even a mound-forming geranium would be a good choice.Toronto Gardens is from the muddy hands of Helen Battersby and Sarah Battersby, sisters and neighbours who come from long lines of English gardeners. All Rights Reserved. Home / Fading Bulb Foliage. After they finish blooming so beautifully, spring bulbs, such as crocuses, daffodils, tulips and hyacinths, go through an ugly duckling stage. Can I hide those leaves while they finish dying down? Roberta Cerniglia of New York uses wire hangers to help her garden look better while she's letting the bulb foliage ripen. My experience with big fancy hybrids has always been that they just decline and decline till they disappear. www.carogardendesign.co.uk 020 8566 3750 1: Hiding dying spring bulb foliage Have succession planting with geraniums or myosotis to hide the dying leaves I mostly mix them with deciduous perennials, ones that come up later in the spring, such as hostas, daylilies, grasses, yarrows, delphiniums, ferns, phlox, asters, brunneras, and my favorite, giant fleeceflower (You can use deciduous shrubs, especially those with arching stems, in much the same way: plant bulbs so they’re perfectly visible during their flowering, but where their yellowing foliage will be hidden from view as the shrub fills in with leaves.Don’t braid daffodils! LOL! By MARTY WINGATE, SPECIAL TO THE P-I. You can see a video of this technique on the TBG website Your combinations look terrific. I've seen that Princess Irene tulip elsewhere this spring, and it's a beauty!
Also, the bulb foliage provides habitat for slugs and other unwelcome bugs such as cutworms, attracting them to the site just when the perennial foliage is at its most vulnerable.
Yellowing daffodil foliage can be ugly, but cutting it off steals energy from next year’s blooms. have carefully selected these products for their usefulness and quality.Cruz Bay Publishing, Inc. an Active Interest Media company.
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