Perennial flowers anchor our landscapes, but can take quite awhile before the blooms of some types appear each season. But what if the flowers of a different plant were to ride above those leaves early in the season, and then magically disappear just before the perennial’s flowers show up? That’s what happens when you drop the right Spring bulbs into the right kind of perennial.
Narcissus ‘Ice Follies’ with Pulsatilla vulgaris 'Papageno'
This striking combination illustrates why bulb and perennial combinations are so useful. This combination shows contrasting foliage texture, simultaneous blooming that compliments both plants, and perennial foliage cover after the bulbs are finished for the season. The yellow center of the Pulsatilla and the corolla of the Ice Follies are a great color echo. Also, the fuzzy and airy seed heads of the Pulsatilla camouflage passed Narcissus flowers.
Fall is a great time to plant bulbs and perennials!