Planting at Different Levels?

My mother had 3 green thumbs and 9 green fingers (OK I'm overstating). I'm just beginning to garden and Mom's been gone a long time. She used to talk about planting at different levels right next to each other which would allow something to be coming up when something was dying down. Has anyone ever heard of the and what are the particulars? She was not talking about planting annuals as fill-ins either. Any info will be greatly appreciated.


She was talking about bulbs, I think!

Joan in CT

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By Sharon,Ky (Guest Post)
June 8, 20050 found this helpful

I asked this same question(worded differently)about how you planted a flowerbed so that something different was coming up as another was dying,so that it always had a different look every week or so.I did get one response that explained the process pretty clearly.I didn't get a copy,but maybe Thriftyfun has it in their archives and they can show it again. Hope this works.

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June 8, 20050 found this helpful

I think this is the one Sharon is talking about:


From my own experience, first come crocus, second daffodils, third tulips, fourth Grape hyacinths, 5th other hyacinths, 6th iris, then alstromeria (tall so plant behind everything else), then daylilies and Asian lilies also (taller than the others but shorter than alstromeria).

Other plants that bloom early are primrose, then violets and pansies, then columbine, then daisies, then coneflower. Dahlias start blooming after these. Many of my herbs are blooming now, sage, lavendar, curry, and parsley, later oregano and marjoram will bloom. All of these are pretty.

With a mix of bulbs, herbs and perennials, you can have something blooming nearly all the time.

Susan from ThriftyFun

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May 7, 20070 found this helpful

I have just gotten divorced and I got the house(and payment!)but I have flowers coming up all over and I dont have a clue what a flower looks like or if they are weeds! I am going to let them grow hope to know better next year....

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