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Spring Combos

Bridge the gap between daffodils and daisies with these uncommon designs

Fine Gardening - Issue 144

If you’re bored with the time between fading spring ephemerals and blooming summer beds, you’re missing out on an exceptionally beautiful period in the garden. The waking landscape offers rare design possibilities as it rises and falls through three consecutive waves of growth. Short-lived bulbs are followed by longer-lived spring combinations, which are tailed by blooms that extend into summer. Think back to last spring. Did you impatiently peek among the tulips’ browning foliage for signs of emerging summer favorites? If so, you’re probably not getting the most out of spring. You should be too pleasantly distracted by the season to be projecting into summer. Look over the following combinations, and consider adding some vernal vignettes to your garden. Next spring, you’ll wonder why you hadn’t done so already.

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