allium question

fivefootmenaceMay 31, 2010

So in my back garden the previous homeowner has a lot of daylilies (that decided to multiply by the thousands this year) very closely in front of some irises. Does anyone think I can plant globemaster alliums behind the lilies this fall? Or do you think the lilies won't let them come up? I'm just so impatient waiting all this time for some color back there...

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iris_gal(z9 CA)

Are your iris beardeds or non-beardeds?

Bearded iris 'travel' & daylilies enlarge. How much empty space is between the two? If you have beardeds of the same color, now is the perfect time to remove some.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2010 at 11:18PM
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what do you mean but 'travel' and 'enlarge'? It does look pretty crowded back there and if all it takes is thinning it out to get some alliums back there then consider it done.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2010 at 8:49AM
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My allium are thriving in the daylily bed. I just stuck them in wherever I could find a bit of room three years ago and they have come back each year.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2010 at 6:00PM
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fantastic news! thanks for the help! Looks like I'll be placing my fall order including some new awesome alliums!

    Bookmark   June 2, 2010 at 8:37PM
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iris_gal(z9 CA)

'Travel' for bearded iris means the rhizome grows babies and they are adjacent. They grow babies which are adjacent and in 3-4 years the living rhizomes are away from the original mother rhizomes.

'Enlarge' for daylilies means new growth occurs around the original fans so the clump is wider. The center does not die off as it does with bearded iris.

There are forums for both daylilies & iris for information about dividing or google will bring up information.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2010 at 2:12PM
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