1 DRY SHADE UNDER BIG TREES
Mature trees suck up huge amounts of moisture and nutrients, making it difficult for anything to grow underneath them. To loosen the soil, put down a thick layer of shredded leaves over the whole area in fall. Come spring, add a layer of compost or triple mix soil and carefully dig planting holes among the tree roots. Don’t try to put in large plants; go with young ones to start. Choose plants, such as epimedium, bigroot hardy geranium and lamium, that will cope with dry shade. Water well. Alternatively, put down a layer of shredded bark mulch and use the space to display lushly planted containers, perhaps adding a bench for your own shady spot. For more info on perennials for dry shade, check out canadiangardening.com/dryshadeperennials.