Canadian Gardening Annual 2016 - - How-to -

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.

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