Two questions: 1) Does asparagus have trouble growing well when planted in...

Asked September 5, 2014, 11:08 AM EDT

Two questions: 1) Does asparagus have trouble growing well when planted in close proximity to certain other plants? For example, rhubarb and perennial flowers like peonies and daylilies? 2) Are some types of decorative mulch (wood chips) better for overall perennial plants like sedum, black-eyed susan, peonies, salvia, etc. than other types? Are some better than others for weed control without impacting the desired plants? Should a barrier/fabric be used under the mulch? Thanks! Mike

Hennepin County Minnesota perennials

1 Response

Asparagus needs full sun and as little competition from other plants (like weedy grasses) as possible. You should strive to keep that patch well weeded.
http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/vegetables/growing-asparagus-in-minnesota-home-garde...

There are many kinds of mulch that work well in perennial gardens - much depends upon the look you are going for, but there is a maintenance cost to consider, as well. Finer grades of mulch will decompose much faster, and will need to be replaced more often. Landscape fabric can help slow that process, but it can also be hard to work around. Here are some links that describes mulching options:

http://www3.extension.umn.edu/county/article/mulching-perennials

Thanks for contacting AaE!