Under tree planting

MacT1
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4:58 PM - Jan 22, 2003 #1

I did bring this up in chat recently and was given answers which I jotted down and now can't find so once again I will ask the same question and hopefully will get the same answers plus some more of course.
If you look at my garden pictures ( under meet the members ) ..the front garden alternative view you can see I have a birch tree in my side garden. I would love to get rid of some more of the grass under the tree and a shrubbery area appeals to me. I have been told that as the tree is well established that to dig away some of the roots to plant shrubs would not harm it . What I need to know is what can I plant under a tree that will spread and give cover to my birds and wildlife .....and the quicker it grows the better......... would also appreciate flowers as well .
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Jo M
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6:39 PM - Jan 22, 2003 #2

Mac,
Give us a clue, please???
evergreen? herbaceous?? Tall?? short?? spreading??
got a nice little campanula here that might do, but it dies back in the winter. It's the pink one that was featured on 'guess the plant (???) a while ago.
hebes?? vinca?? loads of Leycesterias! red hot pokers?? astrantias??? can't remember what else is out there just now Mac, but will have a look & let you know?
jo
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8:22 PM - Jan 22, 2003 #3

I mentioned that you could cut back the lower branches and then maybe plant some little lilacs
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MacT1
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3:01 AM - Jan 23, 2003 #4

Well jo thinking of shrubs .evergreen as well as deciduous and plants as well . Trevor ...yes that is what I had in mind .....the tree does need its lower branches removed and holly for one does appeal to me. Maybe I could transplant my spirea from elsewhere in the garden but maybe the tree roots wouldn't give me enough room....might be better putting in a smaller one I have growing in a pot ......they grow quick anyway. I want things will all year round interest .........have been having a look at my garden and it hasn't enough winter colour ....well it did have until the thrushes and fieldfares ate all the berries off my bushes and trees
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PaulineM
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10:05 AM - Jan 23, 2003 #5

I've seen Mahonia self-seed under Leylandii hedges, so it should sure grow under a tree. And it's really pretty. I have a large-leaved Euonymus in deep, dry shade under a Cypress too. And Rose of Sharon will grow anywhere but, unfortunately, also invade everywhere!
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tracey auburn
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11:56 AM - Jan 23, 2003 #6

did you see last weeks, flying gardener, chris planted up a winter boarder that looked lovely,he used coloured dogwoods, hellebores, snowdrops, a red phormium,and some other shrubs,that someone else here may remember.
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pipnsox
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12:22 PM - Jan 23, 2003 #7

Yes it really looked good didn't it Tracey. I was seriously impressed
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