How to do Kudzu Companion Planting (Sort of…)
I’m here to help those of you who want early blooms to tide you over while your massive patch of kudzu is dormant. Plant partnering, if you haven’t tried it, is a pretty version of companion planting.
The premise is growing complimentary plants together — either due to color schemes, textural interest, or seasonal successions. Now that I’ve drifted away from my roots as an ornamental gardener I tend to partner mache under the skirts of eggplants, fennel with tomatoes, or edible calendulas hugging rainbow chard.
But back to ornamentals… today I discovered the perfect sister plant to kudzu, possibly the only thing that can even survive under its blanketing girth!
Yes that’s right, daffodils! I know that kudzu provides ample seasonal interest reminiscent of a wren’s nest the size of an Olympic swimming pool… it should be enough. But around March and April that tangled look gets old.
Spruce up the spring with some naturalized daffodils. They’re the only living thing that can compete with a resource hog like kudzu and you won’t even have to decide when to mow the strappy leaves after they bloom. Your kudzu will take care of hiding their browning foliage like a champ!
Yeah, okay. I’m joking. I’ll write something serious very soon but it’s SPRING. Who wants to be inside?