The Q&A Archives: Companions for Spring Bulbs

Question: How long do the leaves of daffodils continue to grow after blooming? Can I plant large annuals on top or around them for summer color? How about a flowering ground-cover?

Answer: Daffodil leaves usually begin to die backl within several weeks after bloom. It's best to grow smaller annuals around the daffodils, such as alyssum, calendula, small marigolds, nasturtium, salvia and dusty miller -- their shallow, fibrous roots won't disturb the deeply planted bulbs. A flowering perennial groundcover, such as vinca, would also be a great companion.

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