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english garden type flowers under pine trees


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engpine24-May-08 04:26 AM EST 8a   
mfm26-May-08 03:59 PM EST 8a   
Rosemary04-Jun-08 09:46 PM EST 6   
Martha11-Jun-08 09:44 AM EST   


Subject: english garden type flowers under pine trees
From: engpine
Zone: 8a
Date: 24-May-08 04:26 AM EST

I love English cottage type gardens but I have a couple of huge pine trees that are taking up a lot of room in our backyard. The bottom branches have been cut leaving a clearance of about 5-6 ft. It's very shady most of the day, as it's right by the fence, blocking the morning sun, while a row of cedar trees on the side block the afternoon sun. Is there any chance I can still put some sort of free flowing English cottage type plants under the trees?


Subject: RE: english garden type flowers under pine trees
From: mfm
Zone: 8a
Date: 26-May-08 03:59 PM EST

Yes, you can. We have nearly complete shade in our yard, yet ivy grows quite prolifically. It was already established when we moved in in 1990 so I can't tell you exactly what the variety is, but I'm sure a good nurseryman can help with that.


Subject: RE: english garden type flowers under pine trees
From: Rosemary
Zone: 6
Date: 04-Jun-08 09:46 PM EST

I have a friend who had problems growing things under a huge maple. I suggested cranesbill (creeping geranium) and they grew very well ... and they have the added benefit of pink flowers. Worth a try.


Subject: RE: english garden type flowers under pine trees
From: Martha (tennismartha@aol.com)
Zone:
Date: 11-Jun-08 09:44 AM EST

I have much the same situation. I also have cranesbill, lots of hosta, bergenia (sp?)and trillium. I suspect lily of the valley would be good too. My creeping Jenny is doing well also, and it is a beautiful, bright yellow. You might also try periwinkle.


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