Plants to grow under cedar trees - Knowledgebase Question

York, So
Question by WRIGHTJ
March 11, 2010
I got your response (included in this response)...will the plants in your answer grow under these trees???Some great plants for your South Carolina garden include Crocus , Grape hyacinth, Coral Bells, Candytuft, Spiderwort, Lilies of the Valley, Lady's Mantle, Lungwort Mountain bluebells, Cranesbills, Summer phlox (the tall ones), Bee balm (spreads wildly) and purple sage. Astilbes grow nicely.

Answer from NGA
March 11, 2010


The only problems associated with planting under cedar trees is dry soil and shady conditions. You mentioned the site got sunshine so I suggested plants that will tolerate dry soils but will also appreciate sunshine. If you don't like the choices you can always plant SC native plants. They tolerate all kinds of soils and climatic conditions. Herbaceous perennials include: blue star, green dragon, wild indigo, black cohosh, bleeding heart, trout lily, Joe-Pye weed, wild geranium, alumroot, lobelia, cardinal flower, bee balm, phlox, black-eyed Susan, blue-eyed grass. Best wishes with your garden.

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