Hiding the Foliage of Annual Plants – Life After Spring Bulbs

We’ve had a wonderful showing of spring crocuses, daffodils, tulips and more. Yet, as they start to die off, their yellowing foliage can be rather unsightly.  While you might be tempted to cut off the dying leaves, resist the urge. The bulbs of these annual plants need to soak up as much sun as they can in order to restock their energy for next year. Cutting the foliage off before it has died can result in smaller, weaker bulbs.

Consider using other plants to hide the yellowing leaves, either with annuals or perennials.

Annuals such as purple wave petunias, zinnias or lantana will cover the fading leaves and will also provide you with colour all season long, and serve as a food source for butterflies.

For perennials, consider daylilies. The petals of daylilies are similar to the yellowing foliage and will provide beautiful camouflage. Other plants which work well are Oriental poppies, peonies and for the shady areas – hostas. Remember, the bigger the plant, the more it will hide.

Contact us to learn more about hiding foliage or visit our Kitchener garden center today!

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