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Question about groung coverage

Gardening Reference » Gardening in 2006
by cdz81378 on June 08, 2006 02:26 AM
I have a huge Magnolia tree in my front yard that has NO grass below it. I was wondering what type of plants would be good to grow in that area. The tree is around 75 yrs old (guessing due to my house being built in 1920's)
TIA, Carey

Here is a pic to get a idea of how large it is. It probally needs trimming because some of the magnolia's branches our on the house [Smile]
by cdz81378 on June 08, 2006 07:52 AM
bumping up...
by peppereater on June 08, 2006 08:55 AM
A nice summer annual for shade is Impatiens. Begonias take shade too. Hostas are a great perennial, as are Astilbe, ferns, columbine. Ajuga is a good perennial "evergreen" ground cover that also looks great when it blooms.

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Even my growlights are getting restless!
by cdz81378 on June 09, 2006 02:22 AM
Thanks Dave for the help [Smile]
by Longy on June 09, 2006 07:15 AM
Have a look at the 'Gardening in the shade' forum. 2 below this one. May be a few ideas there you can use.

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The secret is the soil.
by Jiffymouse on June 10, 2006 12:49 PM
and if you find anything that grows under a magnolia, let me know. around here, they are just mulched under, or raised beds are put under them because of the deep shade.
by cdz81378 on June 11, 2006 05:57 AM
I will Jiffymouse! I hope to find something that will work good under it to cover up sll the dirt.
by Jiffymouse on June 11, 2006 05:48 PM
my grandmother had a huge magnolia, and she put benches all around it, and put her house plants under it in the summer. made it look better, and protected the plants from the hot summer sun. but i remember how NOTHING would grow under it, not even briars!

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