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IrishLass
Sydney
Canada

August 31, 2009
2:44 AM

Post #7006844

Hi. Can anybody suggest any plants or flowers to plant under and around a magnolia tree, This is a star magnolia. I have cut out a garden design around this tree. This design is quite long and wide. Anybody ever try this before?
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

August 31, 2009
6:54 PM

Post #7009164

I planted three clematises, a long time ago, when my magnolia was fairly new. They grow up and through the magnolia and look lovely.
IrishLass
Sydney
Canada

September 1, 2009
12:28 AM

Post #7010387

Hi again pirl. That sounds lovely. I haven't tried clematis yet, but I know they are beautiful. I am always looking for more room to plant. There is so much out there today. Sometimes I wish I had another acre or so, but still, I must leave some grass for my husband to mow. Grass is beautiful also. Thanks again pirl.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

September 1, 2009
12:32 AM

Post #7010415

We like grass as well. It's comforting (to me) and refreshing.
IrishLass
Sydney
Canada

September 1, 2009
2:01 AM

Post #7010818

Sure feels good under bare toes. Have a great evening pirl.
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

September 1, 2009
2:39 AM

Post #7011033

After seeing a picture on the front of White Flower Farms catalogue one year, I planted iris sibirica Nana Alba by mine, and it bloomed at the same time. White Flower Farms had theirs planted by a crabapple, but mine bloomed with my star magnolias. It's short, and spreads almost like a groundcover, but limited in it's spread to about two feet. And the leaves look nice even when the flower isn't in bloom.

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/122417/
IrishLass
Sydney
Canada

September 2, 2009
1:27 AM

Post #7015243

Thanks very much pollyk. They would look very nice. I need all the help I can get. Have a great evening--IrishLass
pollyk
Hannibal, NY
(Zone 6a)

September 5, 2009
3:29 AM

Post #7027476

You're welcome. I knew there was another plant I wanted to tell you about that bloomed with my magnolia, astilbe. The early ones. Snowdrift I'm pretty sure is the one I have that blooms with the magnolia, but any of the early ones should be fine.

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