What to do after daffs?

CaralCaral Posts: 301

Good morning, I'm new to forum and new to gardening. I have a small border in the front of our house full of daffodils, and now its looking a little untidy. I've tied them down today, and I'm growing about 20 Zinnia (profusion fire) to eventually go in this border in the hope it will cover the dying foliage. But I wondering what could I put out there in the meantime? 

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  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    I wouldnt tie them up like that, it inhibits photosynthesis and they may not re-appear next year.

    You could always put some Pansy or Viola in there for a few months image

  • CaralCaral Posts: 301

    Thanks Mattbeer87. What is the best way to tie them?  Or is it best not to tie them at all? 

     

  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    I wouldnt tie them at all, nature needs to do its thing! image

  • CaralCaral Posts: 301

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  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 10,626

    Matt's right.  Bulb foliage should never be tied up but left to do its job of replenishing the bulb's energy to make next year's flowers.  

    You could plant permanent ground cover to disguise the dying daff foliage.   Hardy geraniums - various flower colours, leaf forms and sizes available, geums, alchemilla mollis are all easy to grow and maintain but you'll need to cut the flowers off the alchemilla to stop it self seeding all over the place.

    The Vendée, France
  • CaralCaral Posts: 301

    Permanent ground cover! What a splendid idea thanks so much.Lady's Mantle would look great, and I could edge with Lilly of the Valley.   

    I've untied the foliage, so hopefully not too much damage but have a new whole world of ideas to explore so will probably take the daffs up now. image  

    Thanks again.  

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,727

    I'd agree with obelixx. A nice continuation of flowering for when the daffs have done their thing. I have lots of low planting in a narrow border with daffs tucked in behind and amongst it. If it's not too sunny, Tiarellas and Heucheras are great. I also have crocus, snowdrops and primulas in mine which will flower before the daffs. image

  • CaralCaral Posts: 301

    Thanks Verdun for the great suggestions. I have Lilly of the Valley there at the moment (cannot see them in the piccy) but a little too sunny for them, so they haven't spread.

    The hardy fuschia would be excellent and I think a couple of  'Hawkshead' could look great. Can I ask how do you decide what to plant where? And is it best group the same plants together? or just mix them up?     

    Fairygirl you mentioned Heucheras, I've found heucheraholics.co.uk. Oh my goodness! They are absolutely stunning, and the colours..wow. They even have sun tolerance ones. Heucheras have just become my first choice. Now just to decide which ones!   

    Thanks again everyone for all your great advice, I'm really excited with all the possibilities. 

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