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Name: Kabby
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Kabby
May 25, 2016 12:46 PM CST
After the daffs, hyacinths, Dutch iris, and muscari are done, I have a sea of green before the foliage of the bulbs dies. And since that takes 6 weeks or more, I need to fill in with some color. I am overplanting the bulb beds with annuals, but it's pretty bland. Right now the daylilies are putting on their display, iris are pretty much done. Lilies are getting ready. Anyone have filler ideas? Blinking
Name: Rosie
HILLSBOROUGH, NC (Zone 7b)
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MISSINGROSIE
May 27, 2016 4:59 PM CST
Columbine?

Angelonia are annual here but great color and just keep getting better as the weeks progress.
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Name: Missy
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Zazinnia
May 27, 2016 7:16 PM CST
Rose campion has a long blooming time and reseeds all around the garden. Its evergreen, too. Another favorite for me is catmint. It blooms early and stays in bloom all summer.
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Name: Missy
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Zazinnia
May 28, 2016 12:49 PM CST
Thought of another......some of the smaller types of lavender.
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Name: Rosie
HILLSBOROUGH, NC (Zone 7b)
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MISSINGROSIE
May 28, 2016 1:37 PM CST
I saw what I think are tall dianthus and walking stick today on a walk ..was beautiful the blue grey of the stem of the dianthus was a stunner and the flower made it all the more beautiful. Are you wanting perennials?
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Name: Missy
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Zazinnia
May 28, 2016 2:44 PM CST


I don't know how to get a picture from the database here, but this is a beauty with the iris and salvia.

Rosie, I grow a good many of the shorter dianthus, pinks, and they do have a long bloom time and the clump grows and is evergreen. I cut mine back and they rebloom throughout the summer and fall. I use mine for edging my beds.

Oh look, the picture appeared!
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Frillylily
May 28, 2016 2:50 PM CST
are you wanting a filler idea that is annual or perennial? zinnias grow fast and bloom and you just cut them later. Small daylilies like stella or similar might work for you. Or a contrasting foliage color groundcover like the chocolate ajuga.
Name: Rosie
HILLSBOROUGH, NC (Zone 7b)
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MISSINGROSIE
May 28, 2016 2:53 PM CST
that is what I was wondering. i think maybe she is tired of having to swap annuals each year and just wants a perennial show that is spaced to always be in bloom
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Frillylily
May 28, 2016 2:56 PM CST
oh, well then what about asiatic or oriental lillies? they get tallish, but not so much spreading, and you can leave them in place for years, not disturbing your other bulbs.

Name: Kabby
Lowndesboro, AL (Zone 8a)
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Kabby
May 29, 2016 3:15 PM CST
Rosie, I have Columbines but I have them blooming more in a shade environment than my sun beds .I have never heard of Angelonia until walking through a nursery this spring. Look likes snapdragons. I would consider annuals or perennials as long I have color.I had my one and only dianthus bloom this spring, it's in the middle of a daffodil patch! I'll go give it a haircut and see if it wants to rebellion. Daffodil foliage taking an extremely long time to brown.
Missy I have pondered lavender, especially if it blooms all summer.

This is what I have. Usual spring bulb show. Bought annuals giving color after everything fades out. Beautiful tall red analysis bloomed and lasted for weeks. Nothing going on in the green bed. Johnson's blue geranium sorta slow then it grows and is blue and grows and is beautiful. The daylilies(over 400) are blooming and the lilies are getting taller an taller. Many buds. Self seeded Cleome growing tall and flowering. Bronze fennel causes much pointing as folks drive by. I have zinnia, newly seeded cosmos blooming, so things are coming together. Phlox will start soon. I think I want a few roses but they take up so much space.
Keep telling me what works for you. I'm interested!
Name: Rosie
HILLSBOROUGH, NC (Zone 7b)
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MISSINGROSIE
May 29, 2016 5:37 PM CST
I have no idea if angelonia will come back..annual here and I never leave anything alone long enough for reseed except for columbine and amsonia and rudbeckia maxima. But for me angelonia gives geat color and blooms all season ..sort of like where and how might use lantana . It is pretty now and it seems now is when you need it but it willkeep giving... Guara too
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Name: Missy
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Zazinnia
May 30, 2016 1:25 PM CST
Angelonia is an annual here too.
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and the story never ends." Lyrics by Bill and Gloria Gaither

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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Jun 5, 2016 6:54 PM CST
How about Amaryllis, they put on a show for a long time, and fit into the time frame you are looking at. I still have a few blooming now.
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Name: Kabby
Lowndesboro, AL (Zone 8a)
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Kabby
Jun 6, 2016 7:54 PM CST
Larry the NOID amaryllis that I grow is a tall beautiful red and you're right, it does bridge between the daffs etc and spring flowers. Unfortunately it's not in the bed I need it to be in. Since it's the first time blooming ever I'm hesitant to move it. I know crinum don't like to be moved and since crinum are amaryllis... Shrug!
I'm thinking about a pink knockout rose and then a black beauty elephant ear in one of the spots that needs some color. That'll be a heck of a combination. Sticking tongue out
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RasogardenerMNE
Jul 6, 2016 7:20 AM CST
Try passiflora....
Name: Kabby
Lowndesboro, AL (Zone 8a)
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Kabby
Jul 6, 2016 1:10 PM CST
Welcome! @RasogardenerMNE I'm just growing passies for the first time this year. I haven't had blooms yet, so it might not be an early enough plant to make the bridge. Thank you for the suggestion!
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Jul 6, 2016 1:18 PM CST
Hey, those are Maypops! Well, that is what we called them when we were kids. Always having Maypop wars, I never thought of them as garden plants. *Blush*
Name: Kabby
Lowndesboro, AL (Zone 8a)
Region: United States of America Region: Alabama Plant and/or Seed Trader Dog Lover Birds Hummingbirder
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Kabby
Jul 6, 2016 1:45 PM CST
Lol Larry yes they are Maypops! I never thought the fruit as being edible, I haven't smelled one in over 40 yrs but I thought the insides stank. I'm growing them as butterfly host plants.

RasogardenerMNE
Jul 6, 2016 3:45 PM CST
We often use jasmins (trahilospermum) for these things ... a lot of fast growing and highly resistant ...

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