With peren­ni­als

Gardeners' World - - Spring Bulbs -

Bulbs flower at a time of year when colour is needed, just be­fore most peren­ni­als take up the room. When I plant bulbs with peren­ni­als, I plant them ‘in the green’ – this means plant­ing them when they’re in growth. I pot them up now be­fore plant­ing out in spring. By do­ing this I can re­ally un­der­stand how they will look. Although they are fan­tas­tic in bloom, the fo­liage will leave a tatty legacy that should not be re­moved for six weeks after flow­er­ing; but that is where the peren­ni­als come in to play by cov­er­ing that fo­liage.

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