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MountainBee
Apr 30, 2017 8:07 AM CST
I have a large cedar tree on the top of a banking. I would like to plant perennials on the banking (under the tree) I live in zone 4. Astilbes have done OK there but Hellebores have not. Looking for suggestions.
Name: June
Rosemont, Ont. (Zone 4a)
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JuneOntario
Apr 30, 2017 8:37 AM CST
Hi @MountainBee
I'm thinking that if Astilbes are growing OK under the tree, there must be adequate moisture in the soil, so how about planting some Hostas? Their big leaves would make a nice contrast to the lacy Astilbe foliage.

MountainBee
Apr 30, 2017 9:48 AM CST
Thanks JuneOntario. I have Hostas there too (as the lower border) looking for something else. Something unusual?
Name: June
Rosemont, Ont. (Zone 4a)
Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Beavers Region: Canadian Dragonflies Butterflies Cactus and Succulents
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JuneOntario
Apr 30, 2017 12:39 PM CST
What about Bergenia? The best variety I have grown in Zone 4 is B. 'Rosi Klose', which has pink flowers in early spring, and large glossy leaves that turn purple in cold weather (and don't go limp like the other varieties do).
You might also plant Waldsteinia fragaroides, which looks like a strawberry with bright yellow flowers.
Another possibility is Geranium macrorrhizum, a low growing species with pink flowers and lightly aromatic foliage.

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