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Bulb Foliage

I’ve read that you shouldn’t remove leaves from spring-blooming bulbs until they turn brown. But where I live, the foliage stays green until late summer. By then, it’s too late to plant our annuals. How can we have beautiful annuals in summer and lovely spring flowers for the following season?

Have the best of both worlds by using annuals to cover the declining bulb foliage. Some gardeners bend over and tie or braid the foliage to help disguise it in the garden. Of course, the plants will do better if the leaves are left completely intact until they turn yellow. I like to mix my bulbs with perennials so I don’t need to disturb either planting.

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