layering bulbs with other plants

Nicholas plummer
Mon, 20 Jul 2015 09:29:00 PDT
In May, there was some discussion about layering bulbs with groundcovers
and other plants.  This summer, I am getting very attractive results by
growing Aristolochia fimbriata around large summer blooming bulbs.  I
started with just a few plants several years ago, but volunteer seedlings
are starting to make a nice ground cover.  Unlike some other Aristolochias
, A. fimbriata does not climb or twine around neighboring plants.  The long
stems do not have adventitious roots, so they are easy to move if they
sprawl in the wrong direction.  Foliage is beautifully variegated, and
flowers are cute.

I haven't had trouble with pests hiding under the leaves, although that
might be an issue in more sluggy climes.  Pipevine swallowtail caterpillars
eat some leaves, but that is a good thing.

Nick Plummer
Durham, NC zone 7

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