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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
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
Here 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.
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- Lawn alternative!
- Rugged as grass!
- Takes foot traffic!
- Let it roam where you want it!
If you are looking for a low maintenance replacement for lawn or pathway, then Blue Star Creeper (Isotoma) is for you!!
Low growing mats that fill in fast. You can walk on it without leaving a flattened trail! This alone makes it a reliable alternative to turf grass.
Top Seller! Baby star like sky blue flowers nestle on top of a walk able bed of small green foliage. Blooms last all season long!! This is a true perennial, hardy to Zone 5. Great for transitional areas as it grows in sun and part shade. Evergreen in the south.
This ground cover can take some dampness and is not as drought tolerant as other ground covers. Needs more shade in hot areas .
Use Isotoma as a lawn substitute, around pools, pavers, edging and pots. If you plant it near grass, it wills start to blend in.
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.