Companion Plants

sun_worshiper(FL 9b)July 28, 2013

I'm trying to grow hippeastrums in a few areas of my yard that are not ideal. The non-ideal spots are too wet, and get too much direct sun. But I've been having some success with companion plantings, so I thought I'd share.

I have intermixed hippeastrums with Curcuma alismatifolia (siam tulips). They have a long bloom season, from late June through August or Sept, thrive in full sun, and need a lot of water. This is my second year of my experiement, and it is going well. The foliage is about the same size as hippeastrum foliage, and provides some shade to the hippeastrum leaves without shading them out. Its high water needs in the peak of summer helps to suck extra moisture away from the hippeastrums at the peak of the summer wet season when they are most prone to rot. It is a clumper like hippeastrums are, so intermixing clumps works well. It is also winter dormant, and is still dormant during the hippeastrum's bloom time, so it doesn't obscure them. And it is beautiful! Check it out:

Hippeastrums in spring:

And curcumas in the same spot in summer:

And a close up of the flower for those who haven't seen them before:

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kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

Your plantings are beautiful! I hope to have some nice flowerbeds some day! The dogs like to run through the beds due to wildlife on the other side of the fence.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2013 at 11:39AM
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sun_worshiper(FL 9b)

Thanks! I bet dogs make it very challenging. I don't have any pets, but the sandhill cranes do sometimes mess up the beds, digging holes as they search for food. But they are so cool - hard to complain.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2013 at 7:56PM
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