Here’s a question from a reader:
Does anyone have suggestions for perennials to plant with spring bulbs this fall that will emerge and cover the leaves of the tulips and daffodils after they bloom and then slowly turn yellow? It’s a south-facing spot with much sun and good drainage, along my garage wall.
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I talked to Claudia Kolbe-Hawthorne of the Cleve-Hill section of Cheektowaga last year about how she gets waves of color in her garden beds. She has hyacinths, followed by daffodils, then masses of colorful tulips.
She plants perennials, such as columbine, dianthus, coneflowers, coreopsis and sedum, around the bulbs so that those plants can cover the dying leaves. You can get a tour of her spring garden here.
Readers, do you have more suggestions for perennials to plant around your spring bulbs? If so, please leave a comment for Val below.
How to get your questions answered
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