plants under a roadside tree

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barry roche asked 13 years ago

Hi,I live on an average dublin estate with a mature tree beside the drive, what can i out underneath it to liven it up, there’s very little spil because the tree’s roots are quite exposed.I’ve tried Sedum and some heathers and they haven’t worked out. Thx

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Gerry Daly Staff answered 3 years ago
It is always difficult to get small plants to grow at dry base of a tree. To my eye, trees beside roads are best with just grass around them. Small plants look fussy.

Sow somw grass seed in September and it should establish. If you must use a plant, try libertia … it is shade-tolerant and copes with dry soil, or dianella. Both ot these form a tuft of spiky grassy leaves.