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10 Bushes To Plant Under Trees

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10 Bushes To Plant Under Trees | If you are looking for some ideas of what to plant in a shady spot, this list of bushes will definitely help. These plants will thrive in the shade under trees.
10 Bushes To Plant Under Trees

The shady space between taller trees and bushes and low growing perennials lends itself to an array of blooming bushes and interesting foliage plants. These are the specimens that are at eye level in the border. While some draw your attention to focal points, others anchor the perimeter.

The mid-story is the ideal place for plants that provide all-season interest. I search for shade tolerant dwarf varieties and bushes that can be trimmed to keep the heights between 3 and 6 feet. I like to echo the colors of the foliage in the ground cover and aim for a succession of bloom.

In my Zone 5-6 garden, I rely on the glorious blooms of rhododendrons, azalea and mountain ash in the spring, the magnificence of hydrangeas in the summer, Japanese maple foliage in autumn, and evergreen foliage and bark in the winter. The mid-story space is also where I nestle a statue or a fountain.

Need ideas for smaller shade plants? Click here to see our post on Compact Shade Plants.

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  1. Tracy
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    Living in Florida with Live Oak trees is a challenge. Not too much lives under live oaks. Can you give me some ideas? We are in Clearwater.

    • Wanda
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      Hi Tracy…I haven’t had a Live Oak tree in my yard, but I love the look of them! I think you would need to find shade plants with shallow roots that like acid soil. I would try ferns, azaleas and gingers. If you can find native ones, they are usually easier to get growing in tough conditions. Start with small plants…it will probably be easier to get them in the ground without having to dig up too many roots and where you are, I’m guessing it doesn’t take too long for them to get big anyhow :) Hope this helps!

  2. Carol
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    I live in East Texas with Sugar Sand. It is like beach sand high in acid. I plant air plane plants(spider plants) under my trees. They freeze in the winter but come back in the spring. They do better than ferns or hosta. They were originally from Africa used as a ground cover.

    • Wanda
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      Thanks for the suggestion, Carol. That sounds like it would work well!

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