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The Perfect Pair: Daffodils and Hostas

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Nov 11, 2016

 

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Daffodils blooming means spring has arrived and warmer days are ahead! I love seeing their bright yellow, orange and white blossoms popping up all over my garden and landscape. Unfortunately, daffodil foliage that hangs around too long is not what I wanted to see in my garden, so I needed a solution!

A couple of years ago I planted daffodils in between my hostas, along my walkway in the hopes that the hostas would hide the dead daffodil foliage. It’s important to let the daffodil foliage die back naturally because the bulb needs to build up food reserves to multiply and build up more flowers for the following year. Unfortunately, I don’t like the way that looks in my garden. 

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I chose to plant the bulbs behind the hostas that line my walkway. In mid-spring when the daffodils were at peak bloom, the hostas sprouted up and started folding out. As the season progressed, the daffodil blooms faded and the hosta leaves got bigger. This hid the daffodil foliage and I was so happy with the results!

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By late spring, the hostas had completely filled out, Allium Globemaster bloomed and the unsightly, faded daffodil foliage was completely hidden. The best part was, I only clean up the garden once in the fall when the hostas need to be cut down. I simply raked out the dead daffodil foliage with the cut hosta leaves and my garden clean up was done! 

If you love simple solutions in the garden, I recommend planting hostas and daffodils together. They are a perfect pair! 

 

Topics: Daffodils Fall Planted Bulbs Foliage Plants Garden Design How-To Inspiration Perennials Spring Blooming Bulbs

Kathleen LaLiberte has been writing about gardening for more than 30 years from her home in northern Vermont, where she tends a half acre of flowers, vegetables and fruit. She has been working with Longfield Gardens since 2011.

2 Replies to “The Perfect Pair: Daffodils and Hostas”

  1. I love this idea! I saw daffodils planted almost directly underneath hostas, and the outcome was amazing! I have yet to try this in my garden. Thank you for the inspiration!

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