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Winter Woodland ground plants that die back in the spring

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pithivier Tue 10-Jan-17 10:26:53

I have just planted my Acer Bed, which looks a bit dull at the moment. I want to plant things like winter aconites to add a bit of colour, but will die back in the spring. Does anyone have any other recommendations for "plant them once" plants. I am trying to keep the garden low maintenance and want the Acers to show off, without competion once winter has passed.

NanTheWiser Tue 10-Jan-17 11:30:51

You could also plant Cyclamen coum tubers along with Anemone blanda, and Snowdrop bulbs - I have all these planted in a north-facing shady border, and they give a lovely display from Feb-April, self-sowing themselves over time. They will all die back from April onwards.

pithivier Tue 10-Jan-17 11:44:34

Fabulous, thankyou?

shovetheholly Tue 10-Jan-17 12:16:40

Obvious things that spring to mind - very early Dec/Jan/Feb daffs (though these may be late spring before they are gone), crocuses, iris reticulata, all kinds of anemones (there are some gorgeous ones - check out anemone nemorosa 'vestal', for instance), chinodoxa, blue scilla (looks lovely in a carpet).

What about erythroniums? They are a bit later, but their wonderful structure complements acers well and they will be long gone by summer. Ditto leucojum.

pithivier Tue 10-Jan-17 13:45:00

Thank you, I will research those too.

pithivier Tue 10-Jan-17 16:09:30

Absolutely perfect. My wish list at Crocus, is growing and growing and growing.

MrsBertBibby Tue 10-Jan-17 16:15:08

How about some primrose? I planted a stack of chionodoxa (stunning bright blue) in the grass under our apple trees last autumn, where there are loads of self-sprouted primrose. I am dying to see how they look together in a couple of months.

No sign of the winter aconite I planted. Harrumph.

TheMortificadosDragon Tue 10-Jan-17 17:31:43

I don't think anyone has mentioned celandines - another good early spring one. I've got a cultivar which is pale cream rather than the usual yellow, and a bit larger flowered.

NanTheWiser Tue 10-Jan-17 17:52:07

Still a bit early for Aconites, MrsB.

bookbook Tue 10-Jan-17 22:24:11

I was coming on to say chinodoxa too - I have bought some white ones this year - cannot wait to see them.

shovetheholly Wed 11-Jan-17 08:12:13

They're really lovely book - I hope you enjoy them! Mine took a few years to establish properly - like lots of bulbs!

bookbook Wed 11-Jan-17 09:04:04

I love my blue ones - I upset them many years ago by lifting them to bring to my new house. They were put in the pot with my deciduous azalea. They took a couple of years to forgive me smile
In fact all the bulbs /corms mentioned herel make me smile - seeing the first things coming through in spring is such a joy. I love my anenome blanda and winter aconites.

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