I like your suggestions. I am translating the notes about Lycoris squamigera companions to Amaryllis belladona, as that is more common here in northern California. I am partial to naked ladies sprouting out of a duff of fallen leaves. On my drive to work I see a patch of Amaryllis underneath Fraxinus oregona (which drops its leaves early in the season, just as the Amaryllis are finishing their bloom). With the horizontal morning light picking out the heads of pink flowers above their arched stems above yellow-green fallen leaves, it is quite autumnal. Unfortunately, in northern California few deciduous plants color very well. Our only reliable fall color is Toxicodendron diversilobum (Poison Oak). Brook Klehm Sebastopol California, where my Amaryllis belladona is just beginning to open its first flowers on the southwest side of a Monterey pine.