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The Perfect Pair: Daffodils and Hostas

Posted by Marlene Thompson on Nov 11, 2016


The Perfect Pair Daffodils and Hostas - Longfield Gardens

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!

Daffodils and Hostas Are Perfect Partners

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.

So a couple of years ago I planted daffodils in with the hostas along my walkway in the hopes that the hosta foliage would hide the dead daffodil foliage.

The Perfect Pair Daffodils and Hostas - Longfield Gardens

In mid-spring when the daffodils were at peak bloom, the hostas were just starting to unfurl their leaves. As the season progressed, the daffodil flowers faded and the hosta leaves got bigger. They overpowered the spent flower heads, yet allowed the daffodil foliage to continue growing and feeding the bulbs. I was so happy with the results!

The Perfect Pair Daffodils and Hostas - Longfield Gardens

The Perfect Pair Daffodils and Hostas - Longfield Gardens

By late spring, the hostas had completely filled out. When it came time for Allium Globemaster to bloom, the unsightly, faded daffodil foliage was completely hidden. The best part?  I only had to clean up the garden once in late fall. Any dead daffodil foliage was raked up along with the hosta leaves.

If you love simple solutions in the garden, I recommend planting daffodils and hostas together. They’re better together!


Topics: Daffodils Fall Planted Bulbs 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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