Companions for Spring Bulbs - Knowledgebase Question

Lillian, AL
Question by michey
March 22, 1998
How long do the leaves of daffodils continue to grow after blooming? Can I plant large annuals on top or around them for summer color? How about a flowering ground-cover?


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Answer from NGA
March 22, 1998

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Daffodil leaves usually begin to die backl within several weeks after bloom. It's best to grow smaller annuals around the daffodils, such as alyssum, calendula, small marigolds, nasturtium, salvia and dusty miller -- their shallow, fibrous roots won't disturb the deeply planted bulbs. A flowering perennial groundcover, such as vinca, would also be a great companion.

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