what type of perennials - Knowledgebase Question

brockton, Ma
Question by mamarose50
April 3, 2009
I have thie tree that i plant around it nothing survives there is mulch and soil it is mostly shade with a bit of sun i love color what plant would do good there?

Answer from NGA
April 3, 2009


The soil under trees can be dry even with regular watering because the roots use the moisture quickly. Here are a few plants that grow well in dry shade:
Lady?s Mantle (Alchemilla mollis) Lady?s mantle is prized for its large leaves, pleasant rounded growth habit and airy yellow flower clusters that appear late spring through early summer. This perennial will grow about 18? tall and wide. Deadhead to prevent self-sown seedlings or allow these volunteers to gently naturalize.

Lily-of-the-Valley (Convallaria spp.) Lily-of-the-valley plants are charming and often grown as an attractive ground cover where they will naturalize well when conditions suie them. Fragrant white bell-shaped flowers on 6? stalks appear mid-spring. Lily-of-the-Valley spreads through rhizomes underground and will naturalize readily so provide plenty of room and a natural boundary.

Bishop?s Cap (Epimedium grandiflora) Also known as Barrenwort, this perennial plant is perfect for the dry shade beneath trees. Foliage can turn red or orange in the fall and remain over winter providing winter interest and the flowers in spring and summer are also attractive.

Lungwort (Pulmonaria spp)also called ?Cowslip? or ?Bethleham Sage?. A spring flowering perennial, Pulmonaria grows about 12? tall and 18? wide and has long, lance-shaped leaves that are often speckled, splotched, variegated or frosted looking. Highly attractive foliage and vivid flowers make lungwort a favorite understory plant.

Christmas Fern (Polystichum acrostichoides) Native to Eastern North America the Christmas Fern is a non-flowering perennial. The Christmas Fern is evergreen, providing winter interest, and does best in average to rich, dry or moderately dry soil. The fern will reach a height of 2 feet tall and the rhizomatous clumps will slowly grow to over 2?. Low maintenance and highly attractive with upright, evergreen foliage frond.

Hope these suggestions are helpful.

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