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plants that will grow under a tree? - help

Posted: Tue Apr 10, 2007 6:29 pm
by BlueOysterCult
My wife and I recently made a nice "island" underneath our evergreen tree in the shape of a tear drop. We will outline it with rocks ( we dug a trench to fill with that rock) We did this because the "grass" underneath the tree was awful and an eye sore. We filled the island with nice soil and have a couple of mounds - looks real nice..

My question is.. what plants can be planted underneath a tree ( pine needles - I think its a douglas fir tree?) - low sunlight, low water (unless we water it)?


Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2007 3:13 pm
by SE_OK_Gardener
What hardiness zone are you in?

I don't even know what a hardness zone is....?

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2007 3:17 pm
by BlueOysterCult
We have good soil if thats what you mean (?)

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2007 4:11 pm
by BlueOysterCult
I live in Seattle Washington - (that page cannot be found -)

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2007 4:32 pm
by SE_OK_Gardener
OH how great. My brother lives in Seattle :D

Under a conifer you will have acidic soil. You can plant:

perhaps hydrangeas (they will be blue in this low pH)

lily of the valley and creeping periwinle (vinca) as ground covers

Hope this helps!

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2007 4:34 pm
by BlueOysterCult
yes it does thank you! - yeah Seattle is an awesome place!

plants that grow under fir trees

Posted: Sun May 24, 2009 12:52 am
by jdabrows
I have tried all of those plants and nothing lived! It is like something in those fir needles poisons the ground. Weeds live, but that's all. Anything within 10 ft of the tree dies. I live in the Seattle area also so let me know if any of those plants work for you:D

under trees

Posted: Wed May 27, 2009 10:40 am
by lilthings
Hi, I would think you need low growing in shade type of plants.
Hosta's are a very good low grower. and like shade ( I took some of my leaves to the gardening place I use and told them it was sick, they laughed at me because they were sunburned, they told me to get little umbrellas to protect them.)

Sedum are also a low grow ing perennial, check out some of the plant catologs, them go to your neigborhood gardening or landscapeing place ( don't go to Lowes or Home Depot, they just sell them but don't ask to mant questions about the plants they wont know..

Hope this helps
Have fun gardening and may the sun shine on it with a little rain..

Posted: Wed May 27, 2009 12:59 pm
by applestar
Try this site: [url=]California Douglas Fir Forest Plant Community[/url]
There's a link for a list of plants at the bottom. :D

Oh, since you didn't know about hardiness zones ... some plants on this list may not be able to survive the winter temperatures in your more northern location. :wink:

Seattle USDA zone

Posted: Wed May 27, 2009 9:12 pm
by rainbowgardener
Seattle may be north, but it is protected by warm ocean currents. It is zone 8, same as Charleston SC!

Posted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 8:58 pm
by henley
Bleeding heart loves the shade and grows wild in the Pacific North West