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By Turbo

United Kingdom Gb

can you suggest something ground cover to hug the ground under large sycamore trees



You could try Vinca but the soil near a tree is very impoverished. Equally trees do not like to have anything right up against their trunk.

1 May, 2011


Or one of the macrorrhizum group of hardy geraniums that dont mind poorish soil once they are established.

1 May, 2011


Thanks for the advice,however i am already overrun with vinca, i would prefer some type of low growing shrub.I will consider the geranium to provide a bit of colour any other ideas would be great .

1 May, 2011


Ground cover under a sycamore, why not opt for Hypericum Rose of Sharron, when in flower its a carpet of yellow, can be invasive and good for covering large areas, just chop back with edging iron to keep it contained, vinca is good and the varigated form would do ok, also put some clumps of blue/white bells in for spring interest, julien.

1 May, 2011


Also i have found euonymous fortuni does well in this type of shade, i have one that is planted in deep shade by the side of a very large picea pungens and have encouraged it to scamble up through an ageing budlieja, it does really well and the lovely foliage brightens up this deep shade area, julien.

1 May, 2011


Just make sure that anything you grow does not get too close to the trunk of the tree.

1 May, 2011

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