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Something to compliment dahlias

Posted by gardener_at_the_gate 6 (My Page) on
Tue, May 22, 07 at 16:14

I have a long narrow bed that runs the length of my front porch -- 3' deep by 25' long -- planted with ten dahlias of varying heights and colors. They are "staked" with decorative ivory-colored poles and iron structures. The front boundary of the bed is outlined with a row of natural stones, and the bed is mulched.

Earlier this spring, I dug out three barberry bushes because they were hard to weed around, and also they made the bed look cluttered, but now the mulched base of the bed looks bare. Does anyone have any suggestions for a perennial that is low-growing and non-invasive that would "fill in" at the feet of the dahlias? The bed faces east and gets about 5 hours of morning and mid-day sun. I'm new at this, and I got plunged into gardening the hard way when I bought a house 3 years ago with a small lawn that has 20 flower beds in it! I experimented with a lot of things the first two years, but now my goal is to get things as low maintenance as absolutely possible! (Low maintenance is good. NO Maintenance is better!) Any suggestions you could offer would be greatly appreciated!

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RE: Something to compliment dahlias

I think something like candytuff might work in your area. They fill in nicely and if you trim lightly after they bloom in the spring they will look pretty good all year. They are low growing and will fill in nicely around the feet. I prefer the older larger variety.

Catmint or Nepeta 'walker low' would also be an option. Easy to control and they fill in nicely. Not evergreen though.

There are lots of plants but those are a couple ideas. Just about anything looks pretty with dahlias :-)

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