Perennials for Alabama - Knowledgebase Question

Mobile, AL
Question by medicusJ
November 9, 1997
In the front garden we are planting about 12 Gardenia August (6 tall x 5 ) and we're looking for 2-3 feet tall perennials and annuals to plant in front of Gardenias. Also bulbs for border grass. Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciatedon what to plant.


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Answer from NGA
November 9, 1997

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There are so many choices it's hard to come up with a concise list. (Your local library or bookstore might carry some regional gardening books that would have photos and detailed descriptions. Or chat with a neighbor about their favorite plants.)

Perennials to consider are: daylily, aster, coreopsis, foxglove, larkspur, coneflowers, and poppies.

Annuals include begonias, petunias, cornflowers, nasturtiums, and calendula.

Bulbs include Camassia, Crinum, and Allium spp.

Periwinkle (vinca minor) makes a nice ground cover.

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