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Something to contrast with my bluebells?

Posted: Tue May 05, 2009 12:34 am
by AmyEm
Hi all, I'm brand here. I'm so glad I found this site. I'm a beginner with gardening so any help is appreciated.

Anyway, we have this patch of bluebells growing in an area behind our house. I'd like to plant some other perennials in there to contrast with the bluebells.

We also have ferns that come in there later but right now it's just bluebells and I'd like to add something to the area--just don't know what would look nice. Something that will flower around the same time as the bluebells and then maybe something that flowers later on?

I'm in zone 3 and the area gets morning to early afternoon sun.

eta: I can try to get a picture of the area at some point if that would be helpful!

Thank you!

Posted: Tue May 05, 2009 2:03 am
by James282
How much room do you have to plant other things? Do you want to plant 2 more different types of plants? 4? This would make a big difference in what I'd suggest you plant. Do you want something that will spead? something that will be more polite and contained?

With a little more info you may get a lot of suggestions!

Posted: Tue May 05, 2009 2:09 am
by AmyEm
James282 wrote:How much room do you have to plant other things? Do you want to plant 2 more different types of plants? 4? This would make a big difference in what I'd suggest you plant. Do you want something that will spead? something that will be more polite and contained?

With a little more info you may get a lot of suggestions!
I was thinking maybe 2 more things--something that flowers in spring and something that flowers in summer.

I wouldn't mind something that spreads--I guess I could go either way on that question.

The area is around 8ft by 4ft maybe? I can get a more accurate size tomorrow.

flower suggestions

Posted: Wed May 06, 2009 9:10 am
by rainbowgardener
I think a classic combination with bluebells would be yellow daffodils. Other spring bloomers for your zone (not sure if they bloom exactly the same time as your blue bells) would be columbine, fritillary, tulips, buttercups. For late spring to summer maybe lupines and for summer to fall achillea would be nice. https://www.garden.org/plantfinder/ has a searchable database to find plants that fit your needs.

Re: flower suggestions

Posted: Wed May 06, 2009 3:02 pm
by AmyEm
rainbowgardener wrote:I think a classic combination with bluebells would be yellow daffodils. Other spring bloomers for your zone (not sure if they bloom exactly the same time as your blue bells) would be columbine, fritillary, tulips, buttercups. For late spring to summer maybe lupines and for summer to fall achillea would be nice. https://www.garden.org/plantfinder/ has a searchable database to find plants that fit your needs.
Thank you. I LOVE daffodils and tulips. I'm absolutely going to put some daffodils in there. They would have to be planted this fall though right?

The area is slightly irregular in shape. Should I just intermix them in among the bluebells? Or do something not so random?

Thank you for the plantfinder link too. I'm going to check that out now.

planting

Posted: Wed May 06, 2009 7:49 pm
by rainbowgardener
yes the daffodils and tulips would be planted in the fall to come up and bloom next spring. And yes I think just randomly intermixing them will be lovely... Nature is random and chaotic!