The Q&A Archives: Suggestions for Planting Beneath Pines

Question: We have two pine trees which we have planted begonia and impatiens under. We would like to know if there are any other plants, either flowering or not which we could also plant under our pines. It is mostly shady there which does limit the variety we can plant. The flowers we have planted in the past required a lot of watering, due to their location under the pine trees. We would like to avoid that much watering if possible. Thanks for any help you can give us! Jo Miller Lombard, IL

Answer: Any plant with average water needs will always be in competition with the surrounding trees. And the trees will always win! In nature, very little grows under pines. I suggest that you consider container gardening...which would eliminate competition and reduce the amount of watering. You could grow the impatiens, torenias, begonias and any other shade loving annuals in the containers.

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