The Q&A Archives: Pine Trees

Question: What type of plant is well suited for planting in an area that has pine trees? Either groud cover or plants with color.

Answer: Pine trees can be difficult to plant beneath because the soil beneath them tends to be dry and acidic and the area beneath the trees is also quite shady. You might try the evergreen ground covers English ivy (Hedera helix) or possibly periwinkle (Vinca minor, evergreen, blue flowers in spring) or possibly epimedium (deciduous, spring blooms) and see if they can take hold and spread beneath the trees for you. It may however be easier to allow the naturally occurring carpet of pine needles to simply serve as a decorative mulch, perhaps enhanced with an attractive ornament or a large container filled with shade tolerant annuals such as impatiens or caladiums to serve as an eye catching feature in that area.

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