The Q&A Archives: Sunny, Dry, Under Large Fir

Question: I have a 30 foot fir tree in the corner of my yard/patio area. The area under the tree is very sunny and mostly dry. Is there any type of ground cover which I could plant there. I am planning a dry creek effect for the area joining the patio which I am hoping to later place a real water feature. Any suggestions?

Answer: There are quite a few to choose from! Consider: Alchemilla (Lady's Mantle), Astilbe (Meadowsweet), Bergenia (same), Brunnera (Siberian Bugloss), Campanula carpatica (Bellflower), Ceratostigma (Blue Plumbago), Chrysogonum (Goldenstar), Heuchera (Coralbells), Hosta (many varieties are low growing), Primula (Primrose), Pulmonaria (Lungwort), Trillium grandiflorum (Wakerobin), Trollius (Globeflower), Dwarf Bearded Iris, Ajuga (groundcover), Pachysandra (groundcover), Asarum europaeum (European Ginger -groundcover).

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