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Daylilies and Spring Bulbs:  the Perfect Combination

By Newyorkrita
October 17, 2013

Now that it is fall, it is time to plant your spring bulbs. And what better place to add spring bulbs than in your daylily beds? Be sure to add some bulbs in and around your daylily gardens.

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Name: Elena
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Oct 18, 2013 12:16 PM CST
I was toying with the idea of planting tulips in my new daylily bed but wasn't sure it was a good idea. Thanks to your article I see it is a spectacular one! I do have some daffodils and tulips in the front yard with a handful of daylilies and mums. But I will definitely add tulips this year to the raised bed I built specifically for daylilies. I'll add daffodils next year. Thanks for showing us how amazing a garden can look in the Spring! Smiling
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Newyorkrita
Oct 18, 2013 12:52 PM CST
I have been adding tulips and bulbs to the daylily beds for a few years now and each spring it just looks better and better. My daylily garden used to look so fantastic mid summer in bloom season and so sorry, stark and bare, in the early spring. No more. Spring is full of color in the daylily beds. Definitely add those bulbs!
Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Oct 18, 2013 8:31 PM CST
Rita

I'm starting a new flowerbed. I have Daylilies potted up waiting to be planted and have some Daffodils being shipped next week.

If you are (or were) starting a new flowerbed and were going to plant Daffodils and Daylilies, which would you plant first or would you plant the Daffs & DLs at the same time?

Do you plant Tulips and other bulbs in and around the DLs?

What organic stuff do you use to make your soil pliable for planting?

Thanks for your help!

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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Oct 18, 2013 8:39 PM CST
Always plant the daylilies first. The daylilies are the structure of the bed, they are always there. The bulbs are only visible in the spring.

I like to put daffs in back of daylilies or if I have a daylily bed with multiple rows, then I often put daffs in between the clumps of daylilies in the last row. Tulips I just put either between daylily clumps pr between rows or both.

When I say first, after you have all your daylilies in then you can immediately put bulbs in, no reason you need to wait at that point.

My soil is really good. If I am making a new bed then compost is always good. And I mulch everything. I use fall leaves or bales of straw to mulch my daylily beds.
Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Oct 18, 2013 8:51 PM CST
Thanks Rita for all your help! I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up

I really appreciate it! Group hug Hurray!

I'll try that! Hurray! Thumbs up It's a small bed and I hope to get the DLs in and be able to plant the 25 Daffs that are coming in between.

I've been working another bed that is in front of the front porch and the DLs I have are too tall to put there, but I can always plant the Daffs and other bulbs there.

Thanks again! nodding
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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Oct 18, 2013 9:09 PM CST
No problem. Big Grin

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