wood hyacinth companian to cover foliage

vicsgardeningJune 1, 2011

I have a client who's got huge clumps of wood hyacinths all through her large garden beds. The dying foliage doesn't look like it's gonna wither away any time soon.

My plan is to recommend that I dig them up and replant in smaller more attractive clumps then over plant some of the clumps with annuals to cover the dying foliage. My questions are:

I also want to recommend some overplanting with perennials - does anyone know if wood hyacinths can be interplanted with daylilies (as you would with daffodils, or are they too aggressive and would crowd them out?

If I cut back the foliage before it's completely withered away (still green as of writing!) Will that mean little or no bloom next spring? (I don't have experience with wood hyacinth over a period of years!)

Many thanks for any thoughts.

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vetivert8(NI-NZ zone 9a)

Is this a shady garden - or does it enjoy plenty of sun? If it's on the shadier side you'll have a smaller choice of annuals, unfortunately, though some are very useful (Impatiens, for example).

I've found the following are pretty good at masking the Last of the Bluebells - Hosta, Vinca (perennial), Ajuga, Polygonatum, Cyrtomium, Dicentra, Omphalodes, Heuchera and Tiarella, Lamium, Astrantia, Pulmonaria, Liriope, Arisaema, Fragaria and Duchesnea, Epimedium - and a few thugs of equal vigour, which I won't mention.

For a formal effect - probably the Hosta. The others can be a bit 'cottage-y' in effect.

Good luck with thinning the clumps. :-))

    Bookmark   June 4, 2011 at 4:01AM
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vicsgardening

thanks for the suggestions!

Also how long before the foliage withers

    Bookmark   June 5, 2011 at 12:49PM
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vetivert8(NI-NZ zone 9a)

Hard to say because of the zone and climate differences. I'd expect them to be withering away by the end of this month.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2011 at 3:33AM
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marquest(z5 PA)

Mine are dying down now. vetivert8, is using the plants I use in my shade area, the sunny area I have Daylilies, coral bells, and Black Berry Lilies.

In one bed I have the coral bells and fairy rose that seems to be doing a good job of covering the foilage.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2011 at 10:39PM
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