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planting ideas for under a pine tree?


By Longlad

north yorkshire, United Kingdom Gb

working in a friends garden and have lifted the crown of 30ft pine tree any ideas what to plant under it, it is very dry but sheltered from too much wind and cold

cheers longlad



Ferns! I've just planted a whole lot in a shady area under a Pittospermum. There's also Pachysandra which is supposed to grow anywhere, and does spread well. Buckthorn I think also likes this kind of area.

8 Apr, 2008


Sarcococca, epimediums, bergenias and periwinkle (vinca) will all take dry shade once established. Just keep watering them until they are growing away strongly and then again if they look like they are struggling.

8 Apr, 2008


Hi longlad both Spritz and Andrew knowlegeable gardeners so their advice always good just throwing in an alternative.This a very limiting spot to grow on used to work in large hotel gardens with many a pine tree esp the dreaded larch a deciduous conifer how silly! So fed up with these constant needle clearing we cleared border at base of tree installed weed membrane and wrapped round trunk - not sure why as if rotted not a problem but just to be on safe side.Packed area with turf and edging off cuts grass side down planted up with alpines dwarf bulbs cyclamen etc dressed with gravel or bark in other areas.Didnt stop needles but gave nice display before they fell.

9 Apr, 2008


thanks to all just need to get the funding from the owner of the garden now will post the out come

10 Apr, 2008

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