Planting under evergreens - Knowledgebase Question

Bismarck, No
Question by djlarson
June 30, 2010
Hi: Is there anything that will grow under evergreens? Am I correct in assumming the reason things won't grow is the acidity of the fallen needles? Thanks for your help!

Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010


You've identified part of the problem - soil acidity. But there other considerations, too. The soil beneath pine trees is dry because the roots suck up all of the moisture. And, there's usually a lot of shade. So the best approach is to plant things that thrive in dry shade and tolerate acidic soils. There are a few plants that I've had success in growing beneath pines. They include vinca (periwinkle), lily of the valley, hostas, ferns, impatiens, wild ginger, azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons. Hope this short list helps!

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