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Creative solutions for bulb die-back?

Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,953
I hate the way my daffodils look as they turn yellow and veeerrrryyy slowly die back.  They are right there, under the fruit trees in the front yard, for the world to see.  I understand.. it's the nature of spring bulbs.. but aside from digging them up or planting in pots (neither of which I want to do), how do you 'hide' the die-back drama in situ?  

My MIL had a bunch of daffodils under planting her wide low growing juniper.. they would poke their head up through the bush in the spring.. and then she would dead head and tuck the just-yellowing foliage under a few branches out of sight.  

I tried to mimic that in another part of my garden, mixing my daffodils with chrysanthemums.  As they die back, I sort of tuck them back under the emerging growth of the mums to finish their acting school drama routine.  It sort of works, but them mum's really aren't all that tall at that point.

What are your creative solutions?  I'm keen to plant more bulbs, but need a plan.  
Utah, USA.


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,870
    As an artist I decided that the problem was in the way I regarded the changing colour of the leaves. I reasoned that I didn't regard the changing colours of the tree leaves as a problem and I actually regard the yellow leaves of fading hostas as one of their major attractions, so now I just think of yellowing daffodil leaves as part of the colour they display ... It's what they do ... and now it doesn't seem a problem  :)

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,953
    Haha.. that is a creative solution.   :smiley: 
    Utah, USA.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,870
    That's what I thought  :D

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Bee witchedBee witched Posts: 1,173
    I grow clumps of Geranium 'Ann Folkard' in amongst the daffs .... she soon sprawls over the dying foliage and it's easy enough on a dry day to pull off the old daff leaves when they've gone brown.

    Bee x
    Gardener and beekeeper in beautiful Scottish Borders  

    A single bee creates just one twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime
  • Pauline 7Pauline 7 Posts: 2,191
    I have a miniature post and rail fence behind my daffodils and tuck the leaves through the rails to die down. That way they look a bit tidier as they are still standing. 
    West Yorkshire
  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    I mostly have them in pots and I swap the pots around during the year. The ones I have in beds have foliage around them so the leaves are pretty much hidden. Scraggy allium leaves are harder to hide.
  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,953
    Yeah.. alliums are on my list too.  I'm not a tidy gardener.. but I do make more of an effort with the front garden, especially up along the street.  I have been encouraging hollyhocks to self seed along my neighbors hideous white vinyl fence.. maybe I'll try hiding some there.  
    Utah, USA.
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