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Need advice about colchicums

Waukegan, IL(Zone 5a)

Does anyone have any creative ideas about what to plant with or near colchicums so that the foliage can be disguised in the spring but the flowers will be unobstructed in the fall? I always find myself waiting eagerly to cut down the foliage because it is so big and it gets floppy and messy long before it yellows. I worry about cutting it down too soon but eventually I just can't stand the sight of it anymore and cut it probably sooner than I should. Any plants I can think of that are big enough to hide the messy foliage are also big enough to hide the flowers when they bloom in the fall. Also when is the best time to dig the corms to move them? I would be very grateful for any advice you might have.

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