Perennials forum: Spring Bulb Area

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Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Sep 25, 2016 2:52 PM CST
I have a Tulip/Hyacinth/Daffidil bed about 20' diameter. I know the bulbs want to stay dry Suumer and Fall. I've planted some daylilies around the edge because I know they are tough and don't need me watering.

But I'm looking for some Fall color there. Any suggestions on a Fall blooming plant that can stand drought most of the Summer? Seriously, its an area I deliberately don't water and Summer in Southern Maryland can get pretty dry. Sometimes the soil just cracks open. Zone 7B
Name: Mary
Lake Stevens, WA (Zone 8a)
Near Seattle
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Pistil
Sep 26, 2016 7:56 PM CST
Well I have never gardened in your region, so I am not sure, but what popped into my head is Annual Cosmos! Mine are blooming their heads off right now, I don't hardly water them in summer (we get less rain than you in summer). They start blooming here midsummer. They also reseed themselves. The colors available are mainly white and pink. I don't know how they would do in your summer heat and humidity. Cosmos are slow to get going in the spring, so they would not interfere with your big spring show.
I had 'Rubenza' one year, just loved the dark rosy pink.

http://parkseed.com/cosmos/c/cosmos/
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Sep 29, 2016 7:49 AM CST
Cosmos would be good.
California poppies take drought.
Siberian wallflower.
Snap dragons too.
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Cinta
Oct 8, 2016 12:46 AM CST
You could go with foliage color. Yucca and Sedum. The Sedum you do get color foliage when your other plants are blooming and the flower late summer/fall when your other plants are not blooming in your dry bed,

Sedum would be great for dry no water plants.
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Sedum, Spring bulbs and daylily bed.
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Daylily with a Sedum Frosty Morn as White and green tall sedum that blooms pink and white August/Sept.
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In this bed I have cactus, and daylilies and a Yucca Color guard the Yucca is color all seasons.

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Name: Mary
Lake Stevens, WA (Zone 8a)
Near Seattle
Bookworm Garden Photography Plant and/or Seed Trader Plays in the sandbox Region: Pacific Northwest Seed Starter
Winter Sowing
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Pistil
Oct 8, 2016 12:54 PM CST
Oh the Sedum is a good idea Cinta!
I has tried 'Frosty Morn' twice, it died out both times, just did not seem vigorous enough for my no-water bed or something. But now I have 'Elsie's Gold' and it does great.
Here is a link to a thread about sedums with photos of mine:

The thread "If you only have room for one sedum in your garden" in Perennials forum
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Cinta
Oct 8, 2016 3:41 PM CST
I like that one #Pistil. I will look for it to add to my succulent garden.

I have one called Sparkle. The colors soft and compliment the hot color sedum that bloom in the Fall,


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Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Oct 9, 2016 1:53 AM CST
I really like the Sedums. I have 3 Autumn Joys that need dividing. I thought of extending them in a line, but moving them between the bulb cages might be a wonderful idea! They don't spread much on their own and the tulip bulb cages are about 3' apart so that might be perfect! Thank you. Hurray!
Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Oct 9, 2016 2:44 AM CST
And I should mention I am adding 50 each Accent and Monal daffs to the existing beds and 150 Hillstar in the remaining open area of the circle.

I need to mark the tulips and hyacinth areas better next year to know where I can add more daylilies and possibly Fall-blooming Autumn Joy Sedums.
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Cinta
Oct 9, 2016 4:55 PM CST
I do not even bother to dig them up to divide. In Spring I just break a couple stems off and stick them in the ground and they are rooted in a week and bloom in the fall.

If you want some cuttings of other color blooms I can send you some if you get them in the next week they will be well rooted buy the time winter gets here.

I have solid white blooms and light pink and white blooms.
Name: Mary
Lake Stevens, WA (Zone 8a)
Near Seattle
Bookworm Garden Photography Plant and/or Seed Trader Plays in the sandbox Region: Pacific Northwest Seed Starter
Winter Sowing
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Pistil
Oct 9, 2016 11:33 PM CST
I have also done this with a tall sedum (I have not tried it with Elsie, as variegated plants are not as vigorous it might not work, but it sure did with a regular one!). I have had the thought that one could buy a gallon sedum plant in spring, then cut off all the stemns and plant them all as well as the rooted one, and then you could fill in a large area for next to nothing!
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Cinta
Oct 10, 2016 7:02 PM CST
Pistil said:I have also done this with a tall sedum (I have not tried it with Elsie, as variegated plants are not as vigorous it might not work, but it sure did with a regular one!). I have had the thought that one could buy a gallon sedum plant in spring, then cut off all the stemns and plant them all as well as the rooted one, and then you could fill in a large area for next to nothing!


I have done it with Frosty Morn and the yellow/green one above. It takes them a little longer so I start in April taking cuttings. I had a bad year this year because the deer, groundhog, and rabbits love them so they ate a lot of the tall sedum in the Spring.

If you take tip cuttings early in the Spring they branch out faster and you have more blooming heads.

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