|Beautiful ‘Prinses Irene’ tulips have me wanting more, more, more!|
Every spring finds me wishing I could turn back the clock to fall – to plant more bulbs. But, in a small garden, how do you deal with the necessary (and unsightly) evil of ripening foliage afterwards? The leaves busily making food for next year’s flowers always have a bad hair day.
Unless you have a “nursery bed” to uproot this year’s tulips to, so they can do their thing in private without spoiling your garden show, what do you do? Here are a few tricks for hiding the evidence:
|Or plant bulbs in small groupings in amongst taller groundcovers such as this big-root geranium (Geranium macrorrhizum). As the tulip leaves mature, you can tidy them away them under the growing perennial.|
|Or choose from some of the botanical or species tulips, ones with narrower grassy leaves that won’t look so messy as they turn yellow. This is Tulipa clusiana ‘Peppermint Stick’, planted right by my front steps.|