Spring bulbs under grasses?
Is this nuts? I have a mandala bed in the back yard, which has two main crescent shaped planting areas. They're separated by paths, and inset with keyholes.
Here's a pic during construction, to give you an idea of the shape and layout:
I have two Miscanthus sinensis 'New Hybrids' flanking the entrance to the path that goes out to the left in the photo.
In the center of the closer section is a clump of Baptisia. In the center of the further section is a clump of Hibiscus. There are 5 Blue Fescue, one on each of the inside points of the beds.
I'm going to install 2 M.s. 'Gracillimus, one next to the Baptisia, and one next to the Hibiscus, 6 o'clock and 12 o'clock in the photo.
Needless to say, during the spring, the only plants to see in the beds will be the Fescues. The Large grasses, Baptisia and Hibiscus will be cut to the ground.
I'm thinking about under-plantings that can give me some show during spring, yet survive being overgrown by the grasses, Baptisia and Hibiscus when they come into season, and I'm thinking about spring flowering bulbs like Daffs, Bluebells and other Hyacinths.
What do you think? Will spring flowering bulbs work under large grasses and woody perennials?
Any other suggestions?
I'll be filling in exposed edges with small grasses.
PS..the small bed is my wife's herb garden, and the non-bed area next to it is her flagstone sunbathing patio. The paths are all woodchips, 2' interior paths and 3' perimeter path.