Answer: Cedar trees are gluttons when it comes to moisture and nutrients so anything you plant under an established cedar will have to compete with the tree's extensive root system. Fortunately, there are some shallow-rooted plants tolerant of dry shade for you to consider. For easy care and good results I would suggest some of the evergreen Euonymus fortunei (Wintercreeper Euonymus) which are commonly available in a number of varieties along with some hosta plants which are also available in a number of varieties. Another possibility might be Vinca minor, an evergreen groundcover with bright blue flowers in early spring. To add some additional height and interest to the composition you might consider placing a bench under the trees, along with a large planter of a flowering shade loving annual such as impatiens. Good luck with your shade garden!
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