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Name: Kandace
New Iberia, LA (Zone 9a)
Kandy477
Jul 24, 2013 7:02 AM CST
I'm in zone 9 in damp and humid New Iberia, LA and I'm thinking of planting some naturalizing bulbs in my lawn this fall. Anyone have a suggestion for something that will work with our mild winters? I was considering Puschkinia because it is very economical and I wouldn't be upset if it fails to return the following spring. Any other ideas?
Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Jul 24, 2013 8:14 AM CST
Caladiums?
Name: Kandace
New Iberia, LA (Zone 9a)
Kandy477
Jul 24, 2013 11:28 AM CST
I have some Caladiums in my landscape now but only at the base of my oak trees. I'd think they'd look funny scattered throughout the lawn.

I have transplanted our native Langlois violets to different areas of my yard but they only seem to thrive in shady areas. I was looking for something similar that I could scatter here and there in the full-sun parts of my lawn.

I was kinda going for something like this:


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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Jul 24, 2013 11:43 AM CST

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Daffodils do really well for us. The so-called "sweeties" are very popular for naturalized daffodils in East Texas.

I think you should also look at the rain lilies (Zephyranthes). They can be planted in the lawn and they pop up and bloom quickly after a rain. They come in every color you could want.
Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Jul 24, 2013 12:05 PM CST
Oh yes, rain lilies are great!!
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Horntoad
Jul 24, 2013 12:46 PM CST
You have to be careful in selecting daffodils this far south. Here is a page with suggestions.

http://www.oldhousegardens.com/HeatLovingDaffodils.asp

Rain lilies or maybe Schoolhouse Lilies (Oxblood).

wildflowersoftexas.com
texasnatureonline.com


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dave
Jul 24, 2013 1:06 PM CST

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Also don't neglect the beautiful Red Spider Lily (Lycoris radiata) .

Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Jul 24, 2013 8:25 PM CST
Kandace, I have some seeds for rainlilys that I could share with you. I don't have a ton of seeds but I can share enough to get you started. The plants grow very quickly & set seed pods which have lots & lots of seeds which will volunteer or you can collect them & germinate & then plant the plants out. The plants themselves also multiply by bulbs. They do not take long to establish especially in your zone. You could have some pretties next year & by 3 years time they will be popping up all over the place. Treemail me if you're interested.
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Name: Catherine
NW Illinois (Zone 5a)
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jerseyridgearts
Apr 12, 2014 7:27 PM CST
When I lived in Broussard (having moved from the cold north) I was amazed that my neighbor grew 'paperwhites' - tazetta daffodils outside! I'd never seen them growing outdoors before and they were stunning naturalized in one of her flowerbeds.

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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 12, 2014 7:42 PM CST
How about the lovely little Blue Eyed Grass - Not really a grass, just that the foliage is fine enough to look like grass. I think it is Sisyrinchium angustifolium? I got a gallon pot of them for $3.99 at Home Depot last week!
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greene
Apr 12, 2014 9:07 PM CST
Blue-eyed grass aka Sisyrinchium comes in white, yellow as well as blue. They are a joyful surprise in the spring.
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