Plant to plant near base of Queen palms - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by marigoldwhit
April 14, 2010

First- thanks you the garden Club team for this WONDERFUL resource!
I have some Queen Palms in a narrow flower bed and would like to plant something around their bases. How far from the trunk would I need to plant? Can you suggest some perennial plants suited to Zone 9- preferrably with some colour.Thanks. marigold

Answer from NGA
April 14, 2010
I'm so glad you found us! I'm always surrounded by experienced gardeners, so I can't imagine being alone in the garden! You may need to improve your soil somewhat to get the best display from your new flowers. Mix in compost, aged manure or other organic matter, and keep the bed mulched with straw/leaves/grass clippings. All perennials will need some TLC to get started, but these hardy plants will thrive with little care after that: 'Sunray' and 'Moonbeam' coreopsis, 'Basket of Gold' alyssum, shasta daisies, gaillardia, 'Stella de Oro' daylily, achilliea (yarrow). These are all in the yellow/orange range. I also recommend putting in some annuals to fill in the spaces between perennials til they get established (portulaca, pentas, marigolds, zinnias, etc.) I'd keep the plants at least three or four inches away from the trunks of the Queen palms. Enjoy!

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