Crocus: What have you plated over yours?

sjm512February 14, 2010

Last year we started a new flower bed, and on one end I planted a good size area with crocus. About a 12 foot semi-circle. They're just now poking up through the snow/permafrost that we have been inflicted with this year. I've kept this bed mostly purple, and yellow in nature. I've been looking for something to plant over the top of the crocus. Since these are at the front of the bed I need something fairly short. Right behind them is a Walker's Low catmint. The exposure is full sun after about noon. I don't see any evergreen type of ground cover working or the crocus won't be visible in the spring. Am I right in thinking it needs to be something that either goes dormant in winter, or that we cut down to the ground in the fall. I also don't want anything that has to be watered on a daily basis.

Thanks for your ideas.


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That's what I get for not proof reading my posts better.

    Bookmark   February 14, 2010 at 5:13PM
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ontnative(5b Can/USDA 4)

You can plant just about any herbaceous perennials (that go dormant in the winter). Something like a low, creeping sedum will also work well. Just don't plant something that has a permanent evergreen rosette of leaves or you will never see your crocus and they will die out. No rudbeckia, or white daisy, as these both maintain substantial ground-covering leaves in winter.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2010 at 10:57AM
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kentstar(5b, NE Ohio)

I planted Hosta's and Lily-of-the-valleys with my crocus.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2010 at 9:06AM
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kentstar(5b, NE Ohio)

Oh, and I also planted some Forget-me-nots with the crocus, hosta, and LOV.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2010 at 9:08AM
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I have planted caladiums, fibrous begonias, impatiens and fringed bleeding hearts.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2010 at 1:26AM
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