Bulbs forum: crocus & ???...planted under drift roses?

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(Zone 6a)
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UrbanWild
Aug 15, 2016 9:16 PM CST
Do y'all think I could get away with planting crocus under drift roses...or would the roses interfere? Muscari? ...or other suggestions?
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(Zone 8b)
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sallysmom
Aug 16, 2016 8:34 AM CST
I'm not sure this would work.
(Zone 6a)
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UrbanWild
Aug 18, 2016 5:42 PM CST
Wouldn't the crocus be past bloom and the tops dead long before the roses leaf out?
Always looking for interesting plants for pollinators and food! Bonus points for highly scented plants.
Skåne, Sweden (Zone 7b)
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William
Aug 19, 2016 12:49 PM CST
Yes, the crocus would be past bloom once the roses leaf out, but I do wonder if the foliage of the crocus would have time to mature enough to rebuild the bulb for next year or will the foliage of the roses interfere? My suggestion would be to try a few crocuses along the edge of the rose plantings as they should get the best conditions there and the most light. Later on you could divide and replant the corms in between the roses.

Crocus tommasinianus is the toughest little crocus I know. It blooms really early, it has small demands on nutrition and naturalizes well. It divides freely, yet it can be left in the same spot for a decade without replanting and still bloom. Really a great crocus and worth trying.
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Cinta
Aug 19, 2016 4:30 PM CST
Any of the small Spring bulbs will be fine. I plant them with the roses all the time. Allium are companion plants for roses to keep japanese beetles away. I also plant oriental and asiatic lilies in front or behind the bushes so that I have fragrance and flower colors.

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