Bulbs interplanted with clump-forming liriope?

rosie(Deep South, USA 7A/B)November 4, 2008

Does anyone do this and how does it work? I picked up a good buy on one of the very tall varieties of Liriope muscari and am planning on filling a tiny "glade" backed with shrubs with them. I thought perhaps I could tuck some narcissus or other bulbs in among them, similar to interplanting with daylilies, but am hoping for feedback here first, including any interplanting with short liriopes too. Mine is not one of the running liriopes in case that makes a difference. Thanks, and happy planting.

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donnabaskets(Zone 8a, Central MS)

I don't see why it won't work as long as the bulbs are not directly under the liriope's roots. Their root systems are so dense I seriously doubt anything could make its way up through them. You might plant the liriope, say, a foot apart and plant your bulbs precisely in the center point between the clumps.
The problem would come when it's time to reduce the size of the liriope clumps. You would have to be very careful not to cut your bulbs by putting the shovel in as close to the liriope clump as possible. This is how I do my daylilies and it really helps to wait to divide them until the bulbs are beginning to emerge in the fall. That way you know right where to put the space tip.

    Bookmark   November 5, 2008 at 11:39PM
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rosie(Deep South, USA 7A/B)

Thanks, Donna. I'm going to try it. Maybe a white varietyamong all the dark green... The tip about dividing in autumn is going to be very helpful. It's a new garden, and I'm looking forward to doing daylilies with narcissus in another area.

    Bookmark   November 6, 2008 at 8:13AM
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