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Question: We have a large pine tree in our back yard, under which we have planted some jasmine ground cover. The pine needles always get caught in the groundcover, making the whole area look messy, and you can't blow or rake the needles out without dragging out the ground cover. We're considering letting the area go to pine needles with only a grouping of daylillies around the birdbath underneath the pine. Will the daylillies survive the acidic soil? We're in zone 8/9.

Answer: Molly,

I am sorry for this delayed reply to your gardening question. The spring rush has brought a deluge of questions and we are working hard to catch up!

Daylillies can take a fairly acidic soil but would probably not bloom well under a pine with the year round shade it casts. Other options include azaleas, hydrangeas and even some gingers of various types.

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