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Gazette Gardener: Cultivating winning combos

Cornell researchers test bulbs and perennials to find ideal pairings for spring garden

Tulipa “Ballade” and Geranium “Mayflower” were one of the bulb and perennial combinations recommended by Cornell horticulturists. The height of the tulips at bloom looks as if they are floating in a sea of green. Later, when the blooms fade, the purple flowers of the geranium will mask the old tulip leaves.
Tulipa “Ballade” and Geranium “Mayflower” were one of the bulb and perennial combinations recommended by Cornell horticulturists. The height of the tulips at bloom looks as if they are floating in a sea of green. Later, when the blooms fade, the purple flowers of the geranium will mask the old tulip leaves.
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This is a busy time of year for gardeners. Not only are we tidying up from this season, but we are starting to think ahead to next season and the spring-blooming bulbs. What will we grow? Are there any spots in the garden that need an early season pick-me-up? Is there a way I can lower the amount of necessary maintenance and still add lots of early bloom? What will look best together? What will ...


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