Some plants that do well un­der trees

Ontario Gardener Magazine - - Gardening under trees -

Salvias. There are many va­ri­eties of this ver­sa­tile plant, both peren­nial and an­nual. Most will do well un­der trees. Astilbe. Doesn’t mind dry shade and can cheer­fully make room for the roots. Ferns. Na­tive ferns are very com­fort­able here.

Lilies. Es­pe­cially orange wood lilies which are im­per­vi­ous to the red lily leaf bee­tle.

Hostas, as long as you keep them hy­drated. Try plant­ing them in plas­tic pots and bury the pot. This will keep the sal­satree roots from in­vad­ing the hosta’s ter­ri­tory and iso­late the mois­ture for use by the hosta.

Wild gin­ger. Makes a pretty ground­cover of dark green heart-shaped leaves.

Sweet woodruff. Pretty, many­lobed leaves with a small flower in spring­time. Vi­o­lets. Cro­cus and other spring bulbs.

Most bulbs like it a lit­tle dryer.

Coral bells (Heuchera). With its gor­geous leaf colours, shapes and tex­tures, its at peace with the rain and the trees. Alpine cur­rant. Look for the dwarf


Hy­drangea, the small leafed va­ri­eties don’t need as much wa­ter.

Epimedium. They bloom with lit­tle flow­ers, some re­sem­bling bishop’s hats, on del­i­cate stems in spring time. The leaves can be heart-shaped, oval or ar­row shaped grow­ing on wiry stems. They will form a slow-grow­ing ground cover over time. Mal­tese cross. This plant is happy to grow wher­ever you put it.

Lilies are happy in the shade un­der trees.

Heuchera can com­pete with tree roots.

Astilbe is a dry shade plant that can live among tree roots.

Lit­tle leaf hy­drangea don't need as much wa­ter as the big leafed va­ri­eties.

Cer­tain salvias thrive un­der trees.

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