Georgia Gardener Newsletter Design Tip: March 9, 2006

Daffodils with Pansies

This lovely late winter/early spring combination can be achieved by underplanting pansies with early blooming daffodils. In the early fall (September or October), plant early blooming daffodil bulbs to a depth of 3-4 inches with a dose of bulb booster fertilizer. Immediately plant 4 inch pots of pansies over them and fertilize the pansies at planting. The best results will be achieved if the location is in full sun and the soil is well-amended with good quality top soil. Remember that heavy blooming annuals such as pansies are heavy feeders, so fertilize them regularly with a nitrate nitrogen fertilizer, often labeled as "Pansy Booster."

Remove the pansies in the spring when it's time to replace them with summer annuals, but leave the daffodils in place with their foliage intact. The daffodil foliage can be cut back when it starts to yellow.

A similar combination can be done with tulips instead of daffodils. However when spring arrives, you can remove both the pansies and tulips as tulips rarely perform well after the first year.

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