Bulbs under landscape fabric

Scott BarrettMay 25, 2009

Hi - I just rehabbed a long shady strip by our driveway, and put down landscape fabric and mulch. I have a bunch of hosta, lily of the valley, astilbe, and dicentra bulbs. If I plant them under the fabric, with slits to grow through, will they sprout/grow? Of should I start them in containers, then transplant once at the seedling stage?

Thanks in advance for any advice.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
donnabaskets(Zone 8a, Central MS)

You can do it either way. They should do fine.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2009 at 1:59PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Carrie B(6B/7A)

If you can reconsider the landscape fabric - I would. I garden for a living, and I can tell you from experience, that after a year or so, the landscape fabric will cause wayyyy more problems than it solves.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2009 at 2:35PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
socal23(USDA10/Sunset23)

I want to second Carrie. Landscape fabric is okay for a low maintenance shrub planting with pre-emergents; it isn't really suitable for a perennial border.

Ryan

    Bookmark   May 27, 2009 at 12:16PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Carrie B(6B/7A)

(Ryan! We meet again...)

    Bookmark   May 27, 2009 at 4:24PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
vetivert8(NI-NZ zone 9a)

The lily of the valley has thug tendencies and can probably outrun your landscaping fabric.

Each of the other plants you mention will sooner or eventually outgrow its slit.

If you dream of generous clumps of Hosta offset by those lovely ferny fronds of Dicentra - go for a reasonably thick cover of fine to medium nugget-size bark mulch over a generous helping of aged commercially made compost (to ensure no weed seeds).

    Bookmark   June 3, 2009 at 4:24AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Plants with deficiencies
My plants always suffer from nitrogen deficiency and...
chris_p1
How to plant Crinums with leaves
Hey all, Just received some mail order crinums which...
jscaldwell
Easter lily
An Easter lily that had finished flowering had been...
yugoslava
(Cheap) Alternatives to Peat Moss
I need to store some bulbs over the winter and wonder...
dlangend1120
Recommendations for mainly crocus bulb supplier
Short story: New house, few bulbs (almost none) I'd...
dbarron
Sponsored Products
Z-Lite Auge 905-3SF Semi-Flush Mount Light - 905-3SF
$172.00 | Hayneedle
Bradford Antique Nickel Three-Light Bath Fixture
$428.00 | Bellacor
Taylor Oil Rubbed Bronze Four Light Directional Spotlight Glass
$75.96 | Bellacor
Dainolite IVO-248C-PC Pendant - IVO-248C-PC
$620.00 | Hayneedle
Amelia 6 Cosmic Satin Nickel Mini Pendant
$189.00 | Bellacor
Livex Kingston 75 Outdoor Wall Lantern - Black - 7535-04
$89.90 | Hayneedle
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™