Jane McGary
Sat, 23 Jun 2018 10:26:54 PDT
Jane Sargent asked,

"I was wondering whether anybody could recommend a good book on what 
plants look good together. My problem is that I like so many kinds of 
plants that I think they all look good. There is a level beyond this. "

Although most books of this kind are written in England for conditions 
there (much milder than Massachusetts), those by Beth Chatto and 
Penelope Hobhouse might be rewarding. As I recall, they don't deal much 
with bulbs but concentrate on shrubs and perennials (i.e., mixed 
borders). However, it's possible to incorporate many bulbs in that kind 
of planting -- just remember where you put them so you don't stick a 
spade into them when adding a perennial. I can't recommend many specific 
combinations for Jane's climate, since I live in the maritime Pacific 
Northwest, but can just observe that many spring bulbs tolerate the root 
zones of deciduous trees and shrubs very well. And don't forget the rock 
garden, where small bulbs can flourish.

Jane McGary
Portland, Oregon, USA
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