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#1 StillDreaming

Posted 18 August 2019 - 07:52 PM

Wondering if anyone has any ideas of plants (ground cover and larger plants) that works well under large trees?

#2 Ozquoll

Posted 18 August 2019 - 08:15 PM

Cyclamen and Clivia both go well in the shade and dryness under large trees. Groundcovers are trickier...Tradescantia will thrive under shady trees, but it's a rather charmless plant that is hard to get rid of!

#3 eponee

Posted 18 August 2019 - 08:41 PM

agapanthus are so easy to grow and you dont really have to do anything to keep them alive

#4 Oriental lily

Posted 18 August 2019 - 08:46 PM

Hydrangeas do well in shade . Ferns .

Azalea do well in dabbled shade . Clivia for dry shade .

Bromeliads as long as your frosts aren’t to severe .

#5 StillDreaming

Posted 18 August 2019 - 08:59 PM

Thanks for the suggestions so far! I love the idea of a garden bed full of plants, basically all touching each other, and a variety of leaf colours/shapes - which from what I can see is what the above suggestions would do.

My plan is to have a large area of garden (because much of the area is otherwise useless) and have stepping stones leading to a seat. I originally wanted an area for kids to play in, but... it all seems too hard under the tree (that drops little berries at this time of year).

#6 got my tinsel on

Posted 18 August 2019 - 09:10 PM

My local hospital has a large atrium that I doubt gets any direct sunshine at all, and has native violets thriving as a groundcover over a really large area.

I'm planning on planting some dichondra repens down the shady side of my house.

#7 blimkybill

Posted 18 August 2019 - 09:18 PM

I have hellebores that do very well in the shade under a tree, they look great.

#8 got my tinsel on

Posted 18 August 2019 - 09:31 PM


And then some more gardenias!

#9 PrincessPeach

Posted 18 August 2019 - 09:46 PM

If its shady all the time what about an indoor plant like a pothos?

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