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Name: Jane
Tobyhanna, PA (Zone 5a)
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PAgirl63
Jan 20, 2016 2:44 PM CST
I bought Lauren's Grape poppy seeds to sow in early spring. Going to winter sow some next month, too. Hopefully they will bloom by summer. What flowers would be good to plant in front of them to hide the foliage when the poppies are finished blooming? I want to stay in the white, pink, and purple color range. Thanks for all suggestions.
Name: Mary
Kitchener , Canada (Zone 5b)
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tugg
Jan 25, 2016 7:14 PM CST
I find that shasta daisys, daylilies, Michaelmas daisies ( asters), cranesbill ( hardy geranium like Rozanne) and Lavender all work for me in front of my poppies. I'm in zone 5b, Ontario Canada. All of those plants come in color ranges suitable to your color palate. There are many more bushy perenials that work in front of poppies, but these are the ones I have used the most.
Name: Jane
Tobyhanna, PA (Zone 5a)
The "Garden" is my Happy Place!
Garden Ideas: Master Level
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PAgirl63
Jan 25, 2016 8:40 PM CST
tugg,

Thanks for the suggestions. Daylilies wouldn't work. The deer love them! I have grown asters, another deer favorite. I absolutely love daisies, and the deer DO leave them alone. That would probably be very pretty. I've never tried hardy geranium. Definitely worth a try. I grew lavender two years ago and it didn't survive the winter. I planted Walkers Low cat mint this past summer and it was a nice substitute for lavender. I'm hoping it comes back this year!
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Jan 25, 2016 9:51 PM CST
What about Echinacea?
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Name: Jane
Tobyhanna, PA (Zone 5a)
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PAgirl63
Jan 26, 2016 7:52 AM CST
woofie,

I actually planted a few echinacea in the same garden bed this past summer. The deer don't bother them, but I still kept my eyes out for groundhogs. From past experience they found them very tasty, but no problems during this past summer. Could have something to do with my cat, Patch. He "guards" the yard. lol -- For years, we always had groundhogs living under our back deck and they would feast on a lot of my flowers. Since we've had Patch (almost 3 years) they haven't taken up residence there and they actually tend to stay away from the house.

Below is my "guard" cat. Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin
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Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Jan 26, 2016 10:28 AM CST
Very pretty "guardian" and such striking facial markings!

Another possibility might be Agastache? Or perhaps Cosmos?
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Name: Mary
Kitchener , Canada (Zone 5b)
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tugg
Jan 31, 2016 11:48 AM CST
Lovely cat! I agree Agastache and cosmos are a great idea! Maybe also Anchusa ( lodden Royalist) zone 3 to 9 sun to part shade. Supposedly deer resistant, but we've all heard that before! Hilarious!

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