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snowy43snowy43 Posts: 118

I have a magnolia bush in my front garden and it's under planted with crocuses in spring. Now that  they have died off and I've cleared away the dead foliage, can I plant some summer bedding plants to give the bed some colour or would that be bad for the crocuses? 


  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053

    No. Go ahead and plant at will.

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  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,228

    If you planted something like Geranium 'Rozanne', it would come up and cover the crocuses again next year (hiding the old foliage). It dies back completely in winter so wouldn't interfere with your crocuses when they're in flower.

    Last edited: 22 May 2017 12:39:16

  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 13,693

    Be careful, because Magnolia are very shallow rooted and you can easily damage the roots whilst under planting.

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  • snowy43snowy43 Posts: 118

    Thank you all for your advice.

    Will look for geranium Roxanne, WillDB. Great idea. Thanks.

    Will be careful planting, punkdoc.

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