How do you hide...
...your bulb foliage, once the flowers are gone?
Our thread on crocuses and other spring bulbs (the pictures are beautiful, by the way!), got me thinking about how much I'd like to plant more bulbs next fall. I've been wanting to since we moved in here three years ago, and the dying foliage never bothered me at my old house.
But it bothers my husband. A lot. So much that he's declared a moratorium on any more bulbs in the garden (those we have now - crocus and tulips - were here when we moved in). He gets it from his dad, who tills thier flower beds under every year (weird, odd person who don't plant perennials).
So I'm putting together a "planting plan" that I can use to try to talk him into letting me have more bulbs in a few of our beds, and I want to figure out what I can plant in front of them that would wake up quickly enough in early spring to hide the foliage once the blooms are done, but not so quickly they hide the blooms. The beds are about half and half shade/sun, depending on the time of day, and in particular, I was thinking about things like bleeding hearts, mums, and other delicate "bushy" type plants.
So how do you hide your bulb foliage, or do you? I honestly never worried about it until now - it doesn't bother me, and I try to point out that growing anything is a cyclical process, but no luck yet, and I really, really want some more bulbs for next spring!