Planting Over Lilies - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Garden Friend
Erinsville, ON
Question by pattieroc
March 29, 2000
Could you suggest some annual seeds or perinals that I could grow over top of my lily bubs? since they will be planted in the spring I am unable to layer other fall bulbs on top?

Answer from NGA
March 29, 2000


Summer blooming lilies can be interplanted with annuals or perennials, but not planted over. The lilies sprout in early spring and send up a stalk which stays in place even after the flowers fade. The foliage on the stem should stay green until frost. The bulb will also increase over time and send up multiple stems, so you need to allow it room to develop just as you would any other plant. For planting in between the lilies you might consider some lower growing and trailing plants such as nepeta or perhaps some very early blooming plants such as violas. You might also consider annuals in a complementary color such as snapdragons or salvia "Victoria Blue".

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