BlueOysterCult
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plants that will grow under a tree? - help

Hello
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)?

Thanks

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What hardiness zone are you in?

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

We have good soil if thats what you mean (?)

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I live in Seattle Washington - (that page cannot be found -)

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OH how great. My brother lives in Seattle :D

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

azaleas
rhodedenrons
hostas
ferns
astilbe
perhaps hydrangeas (they will be blue in this low pH)

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

Hope this helps!
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yes it does thank you! - yeah Seattle is an awesome place!

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plants that grow under fir trees

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
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under trees

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
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Try this site: [url=https://www.laspilitas.com/nature-of-california/communities/douglas-fir-forest]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:

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Seattle USDA zone

Seattle may be north, but it is protected by warm ocean currents. It is zone 8, same as Charleston SC!

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Bleeding heart loves the shade and grows wild in the Pacific North West
I have some tomato plants I have started from seed and now they are too wet and I have repotted them. I gave them some asprin, for root growth and I wonder if they are going to die. They were in hot wet pots in the sun.

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