Answer: Unfortunately, it is often very difficult to establish plantings beneath large pines. Their roots are very greedy and the soil beneath them tends to be nutrient poor as well as dry. The shade creates an additional limitation on what can be grown there. Hostas and lilacs are noted for their toughness and ability to survive. You might consider using large planters such as half barrels filled with bright annuals such as fibrous rooted begonias or coleus for instance to provide the all season color you want.
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