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Groundcover Idea Beneath Shallow Rooted Trees


Lily of the Valley or Convallaria majalis

Gardening beneath trees can be challenging if trees are shallow rooted. Sometimes it is a case of futility in trying to get plants to grow.

Trees hog water and soak up nutrients. There are a few plants that do well under these circumstances such as Lily of the Valley groundcover.

Lily of the Vally is a plant for tough spots. Plus, you’ll love the sweet fragrance of the dainty flowers in spring which can be cut and brought indoors.

Lily of the Valley Features

  • Drought Tolerant Groundcover – Thrives under trees and shrubs
  • Moisture loving Groundcover – for planting neardownsputs
  • Deer proof
  • Acid loving – will thrive under pines
  • Spreads rapidly by rhizomes
  • Fragrant blooms in spring
Convallis majlias8

Lily of the Valley cut flowers have a sweet scent!

Lily of the Valley is a wanderer that will spread very fast, so it is best to do a yearly check after flowering and remove unwanted rhizomes that are creeping out of their desired growing area.

Here are a few other plants that grow successfully beneath shallow rooted trees

Here are a few things you should know:

  • It is best to select plants with shallow root systems
  • It is best to dig small planting holes to minimize disturbance to the tree
  • Plants need extra water the first year
  • Remember to mulch 3 inches deep

Shade Garden Design Ideas with Fantastic Foliage

Shade Garden CollageHere is a garden design idea with perennial groundcovers for a shady spot.  I like to dress up a shrub border with low growing ground covers plants.  Ground covers can add lots of interest while adding color and texture, while often serving to conceal  lower leaves of shrubs which often turn unsightly toward the end of the season.

Autumn Fern or Dryopteris (top) gives a vertical, but delicate lift to the back of your planting with color changing thru the season.  Heuchera Caramel (middle) is a colorful mounding coral bells that adds contrast.  Finish it off with an edging of Carex Evergold, an evergreen groundcover with a neat and tidy, tufted look.

This perennial plant combination is easy to grow in any well drained site that would get morning  sun and afternoon shade.  Plant in groups of 3,5,7 or more and get ready to add great color to your shade garden.

Read more –

7 Expert Tips for Shade Garden Success

12 Best Shade Loving Plants for Your Garden

Container Gardening – Quick & Easy Idea

Container Gardening with shade loving Hosta

Container Gardening with shade loving Hosta

I like to do a number of containers with Hosta since they are a hardy shade perennial with beautiful foliage & easy to care for. I was looking for something to dress up my shaded front entryway. I had a black pot and wanted something with yellow foliage.

Here’s this simple container recipe:

-1 black container
-3 Hosta Lemon Lime (1 qt pots)
-Few stones for contrast

In the winter, I put the whole pot in my storage shed and try to water it in February or so because the roots will get rather dry and then change the soil early in the season before the shoots are up.  One year, I forgot about this pot completely and the shoots had turned white and were 3″ tall.  I simply cut these shoots back when I finally placed it outside for the season and they rebounded nicely with their normal color.

This container garden took me about 10 minutes to plant and has given me so far over 3 years of season long enjoyment.  If you wanted to mix and match this up a bit – you can use a bright colored Heuchera such as Berry Smoothie.

Hosta Lemon Lime is available at


A Hoot for Heuchera – 2 Stunning New Coral Bells for the Shade Garden

Two new Heucheras (Coral Bells) really caught my eye last summer – Cinnamon Curls & Blackberry Ice.

Heuchera (Coral Bells)

(L) Blackberry Ice (R) Cinnamon Curls Heuchera

Heucheras are one of my favorite low growing shade plants.  They are great on their own and I love using them to punch up color in my shade perennial garden. Boy, do they do a great job!

There are lots of Coral Bells on the market to select from, so anything new has to be unique, improved and a good garden performer, especially in the heat & humidity of summer. Both have been rigorously testing & trialed in the Proven Winners program.

Heuchera Dolce Cinnamon Curls.  This coral bell has unique copper cinnamon coloring in the foliage. Leaves are very nicely ruffled and the glossy sheen comes out when you give it a couple of hours of sun a day. I love pairing this with a nice blue Hosta.

Heuchera Dolce Blackberry Ice.  How sweet this one is. Eye popping & richly saturated purple & silver foliage will pump up any dull shade corner.

Combination possibilities are so numerous it makes my head spin, but I love how it accents a number of grey foliage plants such as Brunnera Jack Frost and Pulmonaria.

What a terrific shade plant to pump up a dull, dreary part of your perennial shade garden.

You can buy these 2 new Heucheras online at

Related articles:  Shade Garden Design using Heuchera Cinnamon Curls

Shade Garden Design Using Heuchera Cinnamon Curls

Hosta (Top) Heuchera (Center) Carex (Bottom)

Hosta (Top)
Heuchera (Center)
Carex (Bottom)

Odd numbers, especially the number three is the simplest way to get started when it comes to garden design and it always seems  to work  whether you are designing a garden or redoing your home decor.

Heuchera Cinnamon Curls is such a beautiful shade perennial to work with since it provides almost year round color  I love using this coral bells because it has the most beautiful copper-cinnamon foliage that is both glossy and RUFFLED!  It’s so gorgeous in container plantings because it really holds up well.

In the garden it really makes a statement with Hosta Yankee Blue in the background and edging it up with Carex Evergold.  I’m looking forward to trying a new Carex this year called Everillo – which has beautiful gold foliage all season long. This stunning combination really works because its a combination of foliage in different colors and shapes!




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