The Q&A Archives: Landscaping A Circular Area Under A Weeping Tree

Question: I have a semi-circular bed in my front yard. Planted in the middle of the bed is a weeping Kousa dogwood tree (this is a brand new variety). The tree is planted in the center of the bed about a foot above the rest of the bed and is surrounded by mulch. I want to develop a plan for planting smaller flowers and plants around the tree and I don't know where to get a design plan. All of the plans I see are for rectangular beds. The area measures about 8' by 10'.

Answer: In general is is better to leave ample room for the tree's roots to become established without competition from other plants; dogwoods are also rather shallow rooted and particularly resent digging around their roots so I would suggest you proceed with some caution. For this reason I would suggest a simple planting of a groundcover or even leaving the area mulched. If however you are determined to plant around it, why not simply adapt one of the rectangular designs you like. Do this by pulling the plants for the "back" of the bed into the middle of the circular area and putting the plants for the "front" of the rectangle around the perimeter of the circle.

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