Flowers To Compliment Lily Bed - Knowledgebase Question

Newfield, NY
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Question by seligerc
January 11, 2000
I have a 3' x 27' bed of tulips and lilies. It's in a very prominent portion of the lawn and gets full sun and moderate drainage. What would be a complimentary flower to the lilies that would give some color in the latesummer/fall period? My goal is to fill in the gaps between the lilies, and to help hide the lilies as they brown in the fall. I am looking for something a little less common than mums or marigolds. I'd prefer an annual because this bed will eventually fill out with lilies, but it is not well established yet.

Answer from NGA
January 11, 2000
There are so many things you could try! Here are just a few suggestions: pink, white, yellow or orange cosmos, a taller celosia, tithonia or Mexican sunflower, strawflowers, annual rudbeckia, or perhaps dahlias.

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