Spread to 3m (10ft) What is a good small tree for a boulevard? Height 20-45cm (8-18in). Many species of perennials can survive the harsh growing conditions found under cedar trees. Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' AGM: mounds of arching, bright-yellow leaves with green stripes, red flushed in autumn. Spread 1m (3¼ft) If pollinated, female plants produce purplish edible fruits. Gardening Under Oaks: Learning to Love Dry-Shade Plants … grandiflora AGM: Single, pure white flowers from late spring to early summer with occasional later flowers. Height to 5m (15ft) Planting under trees with low or spreading branches is more restricted, and it may only be possible to grow plants at the edges of the canopy. Height and spread 2m (6ft), Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea 'Atropurpurea Nana' AGM: small red-purple leaves and racemes of red-tinged pale yellow flowers in late spring, then glossy red fruits. Spread to 1.5m (5ft). Height and spread to 2m (6ft) or more Forsythia × intermedia 'Lynwood Variety' AGM: rich-yellow flowers, early to mid spring. Ruscus aculeatus: (butcher’s broom) (e) spiny foliage; female plants produce red berries in late summer. Height to 80cm (32in). Wisteria floribunda 'Multijuga' AGM: (Japanese wisteria) lilac-blue flowers in racemes  to 90cm (3ft) long in early summer. Best Drought-Tolerant Plants for a Dry Garden. Lonicera fragrantissima: dark green leaves, with very fragrant small white flowers from the leaf axils in winter and early spring. Asplenium scolopendrium AGM: (Hart's tongue fern) (e) rosettes of arching, rich green, strap-shaped fronds. Practical considerations. Lonicera pileata: (e) small, dark green leaves, with tiny creamy flowers in spring, followed by purple berries. Height 30-50cm (1ft-20in). Most gardens have a few areas of dry shade - at the foot of walls where foundations draw water from the soil, or under eaves where little rain falls. This can mean that dry areas of the garden are becoming drier, or that some areas need watering which is not sustainable or that gardens in the south and east of the country need plants which are more adapted to drought and which will survive with no or minimal watering. A much wider range of plants suited to planting under trees including other cultivars of those listed can be found at RHS Find a Plant. cultivar, Elaeagnus angustifolia AGM: 6m x 6m (20ft x 20ft), Olearia macrodonta AGM: 6m x 5m (20ft x 15ft), Ozothamnus rosmarinifolius  ‘Silver Jubilee’ AGM: 2-3m x 1.5m Height 3m (10ft) or more Berberis × stenophylla 'Corallina Compacta' AGM: (e) small, dark green leaves and red budded, light orange flowers along the branches in late spring, followed by blue-black fruits. Gaultheria procumbens AGM: (*) (e) dark green, leathery leaves, aromatic when crushed, turning reddish in winter. Passiflora caerulea (e.g. 7 Tips for Planting Under Trees in Dry Shade - The Backyard Pros Selecting plants for planting in dry areas can be easy, if a plant has silver or grey-green leaves that are either woolly or aromatic it will usually thrive in dry soil in full sun. Aronia × prunifolia 'Viking' (F): (Purple chokeberry) (*) mid green leaves turn dark purple-red in autumn. Height and spread 1.2m (4ft) Fluffy pennisetums and fine-leaved stipas, both highly ornamental grasses, also thrive. Dryopteris felix-mas: (Male fern) shuttlecock-like tufts of lance-shaped fronds. (w) suitable for reliably moist or wet soils. Paris polyphylla: spreading mid-green leaves and yellowish-green spider-like flowers in summer. Mon – Fri | 9am – 5pm, Join the RHS today and support our charity. Height 30cm (1ft). White flowers in large panicles, mid- and late spring. Height 1.5 (5ft). Best Climbers for dry and drought conditions. Height and spread 60cm (2ft). Small, scented, creamy-white flowers in autumn. Height and spread 40cm (16in). Spread 45cm (30in) Spread 90cm (3ft) Height to 10m (33ft), Join Height 45-70cm (18-28in). Spread to 3m (10ft) Height 30cm (1ft). Height 10m (33ft) Lonicera periclymenum 'Graham Thomas' AGM: (woodbine or common honeysuckle) dark green leaves, whitish beneath and terminal clusters of fragrant white flowers which age to buff-yellow over a long flowering season during summer and autumn. Height 2.5m (8ft), spread 2m (6½ft). White flowers in panicles in late winter and early spring. Height and spread 50cm (20in) or more Plants that develop long tap roots for tapping into moisture underground. Galium odoratum: (sweet woodruff) wide mats bright green leaves, hay-scented when dry, with terminal clusters of small white, starry flowers from late spring. Alchemilla mollis AGM: clumps of hairy, pale green leaves and sprays of tiny, yellowish-green flowers from early summer to autumn From flowering hedges to mixed native packs, you'll find the best hedging plants for dry soils right here. Common ivy is worth trying in even the gloomiest conditions. Water them in their first growing season to encourage their roots. (se) semi evergreen conditions even drought will survive a period of neglect in pots and containers too. ‘Constance Elliott’ AGM): 10m (30ft), Cortaderia selloana: 2.5 -3m x 1.5m (8-10ft x 5ft), Pennisetum alopecuroides: 0.6-1.5 x 0.6-1.2m (2-5ft x 2-4ft), Stipa gigantea: AGM 2.5m x 1.2m (8ft x 4ft), Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’ AGM: 60cm x 90cm (24 x 36in), Halimium: Height and spread variable according to cultivar, Hebe: Height and spread variable according to cultivar, Lavandula (lavender): Height and spread variable according to cultivar, Nandina domestica (sacred bamboo) AGM: 2m x 1.5m (6ft x 5ft), Ozothamnus ledifolius AGM: 1m x 1m (3ft x 3ft), Perovskia atriplicifolia ‘Blue Spire’ AGM: 1.2m x 1m (4ft x 3ft), Santolina chamaecyparissus AGM: 50cm x 50cm (20i, Abelia × grandiflora AGM: 3m x 4m (10ft x 12ft), Callistemon citrinus: Height and spread variable according to Height to 10m (33ft) shade / herbaceous borders / clay / window boxes / pathways / Winter colour  / sandy soil / chalky soil / slopes / bog gardens / ground cover / Low maintenance / home, North Somerset,       Privacy • • • • • The University of Minnesota Extension Service Master Gardeners are volunteers who teach horticulture throughout the state. Rhododendron 'Praecox' AGM: (e) (*) early to flower, with funnel-shaped, lilac-purple flowers from late winter to early spring. Spread 1.5m (5ft) Spread 90cm (3ft). Zone 5 Dry Shade Plants - Choosing Zone 5 Plants For Dry Shade … For example, oak, elm, and any fruit tree. Gaultheria shallon: (e) (*) small pink flowers in spring, followed by purple fruit. Height 60cm (2ft). Daphne pontica: (e) glossy, dark green leaves and clusters of fragrant, yellow-green flowers, mid and late spring. If your garden receives light shade or partial shade – perhaps receiving sunlight for two or three hours in early morning or late evening, there is a range of suitably shade-tolerant plants available, and with some summer moisture, it would be worth trying plants from our annuals, bulbs and perennials for shade and shrubs for shade pages. Height 60cm (2ft). Height to 2m (6ft). Erica carnea 'Springwood White' AGM: (e) trailing mats of bright green foliage, and masses of white flowers in racemes from winter to spring. These are a few examples of plants that grow well in dry gardens: Plants from hot spots in many other parts of the world have evolved to grow and thrive in dry conditions too, Baptisia australis AGM: 1.5m x 60cm (5ft x 24in), Euphorbia: Height and spread variable according to cultivar, Eryngium: Height and spread variable according to cultivar, Echinops: Height and spread variable according to cultivar, Osteospermum jucundum AGM: Height 10-50cm (4-20in) Spread 50-90cm (20-36in), Verbena including V. rigida AGM and V. bonariensis AGM:  Height and spread variable according to cultivar, Acacia dealbata (mimosa) AGM: Height 50-100ft spread 50ft, Cercis siliquastrum (Judas tree) AGM: Height and spread 30ft, Koelreuteria paniculata (golden rain tree) AGM: Height and spread 30ft, Ptelea trifoliata ‘Aurea’ (hop tree) AGM: Height: 15ft, Cordyline australis AGM: 3-10m x 1-4m (10-30ft x 3-13ft), Trachycarpus fortunei AGM: (20m x 2.5m (70ft x 8ft. Maianthemum racemosum AGM: arching stems with round leaves and fluffy terminal panicles of fragrant creamy-white flowers, sometimes followed by reddish berries. Clicking on a plant in this planting guide on dry soil plants will show you plant pictures, comments and questions from real gardens and gardeners. South African plants enjoy the heat, but they also need rain so, although crocosmias, agapanthus, dieramas and kniphofias will survive hot summers, they will probably produce fewer flowers. Plants for Sunny and Dry Borders | Plants for a Purpose | … molinae: small, dark green leaves and delicate single pale pink flowers during summer. Height 1.2m (4ft). Farfugium japonicum: (w) kidney-shaped, long-stalked, shiny, dark green leaves and stems, carrying yellow flowerheads late summer and into autumn and winter. Spread 50cm-1.1m (20in-3ft). times, RHS Registered Charity no. Bergenia 'Silberlicht' AGM: (e) clumps of leathery, oval leaves, with red-tinged stems bearing clusters of white flowers often ageing to light pink. Spread 1m (3¼ft). and umbellifers. Red berries follow. Location, soil conditions and prevailing weather will influence ultimate height and spread. Height and spread 80cm (32in). Osmanthus × burkwoodii AGM: (se) glossy, dark green leaves, and clusters of small, very fragrant white flowers in spring, occasionally followed by a few black fruits. Weigela 'Florida Variegata' AGM: white-margined, grey-green leaves, and funnel-shaped, dark pink flowers in early summer. Start with small plants, not whoppers, because these suffer less stress when planted. Forms large colonies, spread by horizontal rhizomes to 90cm (3ft) or more Height and spread to 4m (12ft) Height 60cm (2ft). Spread 60cm (2ft) Spread 90cm (3ft). Geranium nodosum: glossy 3-lobed leaves and loose clusters of dark-veined, mauvish-pink flowers from late spring to early autumn. Height  30cm (1ft). In heavily shaded situations they not only struggle from lack of light, but may be deprived of moisture and nutrients because of strong competition from the trees. Mexican dahlias, salvias, penstemons and gaura from inner North America has also evolved to survive drought. have fine hairs on there leaves or stems, to trap moisture around the plant tissues. Vitis coignetiae AGM: large, heart-shaped dark green leaves to 30cm (1ft) long have bright autumn tints. Many drought tolerant plants have silver or grey-green leaves, their light leaf colour reflecting the harsh rays of the sun. Spread 10cm (4in). Epimedium rubrum AGM: bright green leaves, red-tinted when young and colours in autumn. Height to 1.7m (5¼ft). Mahonia aquifolium 'Apollo' AGM: (e) glossy, deep green, pinnate leaves, purplish in winter. Height 60cm (2ft). humilis: (Christmas box) (e) forming a neat clump of glossy, dark green leaves, with small clusters of very fragrant creamy-white flowers with crimson anthers in winter, followed by black berries. Danae racemosa AGM: (Alexandrian laurel) (e) tapered, glossy, leaf-like stems and racemes of small greenish-yellow flowers in early summer. Ilex aquifolium 'Golden van Tol' (f/v): purple stems and dark green leaves with golden-yellow margins. Here you will find our wide selection of the best hedges for dry soil types. 020 3176 5800 Seeds about and grows well in wet or dry soils. Taxus baccata 'Standishii' (f) AGM: (e) narrow, columnar yew with golden-yellow leaves. Red fruits in autumn. Spread indefinite. Vinca minor 'Atropurpurea' AGM: (lesser periwinkle) (e) dark, glossy green leaves on trailing shoots and violet-blue flowers from mid-spring to autumn. The fact is that the roots of trees will compete with the roots of the hosta, and in most cases, the hosta loses the competition. Height 6m (20ft). Chaenomeles speciosa 'Yukigotan' (d): arching spiny branches and glossy, dark green leaves. What tree is good for my compacted soil? Height and spread to 1.2m (4ft) Greenish-white double flowers, in clusters during spring followed by green-yellow fruits. Cornus canadensis: (creeping dogwood) (*) (w) small, mid-green leaves, with white flowers surrounded by white or pink flushed bracts in early summer, followed by fleshy red fruits. Spread 30cm (1ft) Spread 4m (12ft) Height and spread 3m (10ft) Flower panicles are purple-pink. Spread 1.5m (5ft) or more in moist soil. Height and spread 60cm (2ft) Where the canopy is higher and soil moisture is good, it is possible to grow a wider range of  plants directly under the canopy. What can I plant under a black walnut? page. Height and spread to 6m (20ft) Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Variegatus' (v) AGM: (e) (w) creamy-yellow margined, emerald green, holly-like leaves, with tubular fragrant white flowers in small clusters from late summer to autumn. Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald Gaiety' (v) AGM: (e) bright green leaves with white margins, tinged pink in winter. Height 10-13cm (4-5in), spread 15cm (6in). Spread 7.5cm (3in) Height 60cm (2ft). Spread 3m (10ft) Spread 25cm (10in). They also develop deep root systems that penetrate deep into the ground to reach water Millium effusum 'Aureum' AGM: (wood millet) (se) loose clumps of arching, golden-yellow leaves, with nodding panicles of yellow flowers in early summer. Cyclamen hederifolium AGM: attractively marked foliage and pink to maroon flowers in autumn, seeds freely. Daphne laureola: (e) glossy, dark green leaves, and greenish-yellow flowers in late winter and early spring, followed by black berries  Height 1m (3¼ft), spread 1.5m (5ft) Viburnum davidii AGM: (e) deep green, corrugated, leathery leaves, and flattened heads of small white flowers followed by long-lasting 'metallic' blue-black berries on female plants if pollinated by a male plant. Height 35cm (14in). Spread 40cm (16in) Height to 5m (15ft). Spread 50cm (20in). Pachysandra terminalis 'Variegata' (v) AGM: (e) white-margined, dark green leaves and spikes of tiny white flowers in clusters during summer. Height 60cm (2ft). We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place. However there are some plants that are naturals for living in dry Spread 60cm (2ft). Growing everyday plants in dry soil Prunus lusitanica: (Portugal laurel) (e) red-stalked, glossy, dark green leaves, with slender white flower racemes in early summer, followed by dark red fruits. Self-seeds freely, especially in moist soils. There’s no direct light, roots take up space and water, the soil becomes dry and compacted, and to compound the problem, the tree roots sucks up the available nutrition, leaving precious little behind. Bright red berries if pollinated by a male cultivar. Height and spread 3m (10ft) Height and spread 30cm (1ft) Darmera peltata AGM: (w) slowly spreading with large, rounded, deep green leaves to 60cm across, turning red in autumn. Berberis × lologensis 'Apricot Queen' AGM: (e) spiny, glossy, dark green leaves, with rich orange flowers in racemes in late spring, followed by blue-black fruits. Most drought tolerant plants especially the Mediterranean natives, have silver or grey-green leaves to reflect the harsh rays of the sun and some Melica uniflora f. albida: (wood melic) linear, bright green leaves on a gradually spreading rootstock, and spikelets of white flowers in summer. Spread to 1.2m (4ft) Most of the plants I’m suggesting will work well for either type of tree, but there’s a few things you’ll want to keep in mind. Small, fragrant, silvery flowers sometimes followed by orange berries. Bears needle-like pale green spikelets in open panicles to 18cm (7in) long in late summer. (v) variegated foliage Height 60cm (2ft). What will grow in alkaline soil? Spread 10-50cm. Luzula sylvatica: (wood rush) (e) (w) dense tufts of glossy dark green linear leaves, with open panicles of brown flowers in early summer. Tellima grandiflora: (se) (w) hairy kidney-shaped leaves and greenish white flowers from spring to mid-summer. Height 50cm-1m. Deschampsia cespitosa: (Tufted hair grass) (e) (*) forms a neat tussock of narrow, leathery, dark green leaves, with feathery panicles of silvery-purple flowers on arching stems in summer. Spread 45cm (18in) Prunus laurocerasus: (cherry laurel) (e) large, glossy, dark green leaves, and upright panicles of white flowers in mid- and late spring, followed by dark red fruits. grey-green leaves that are either woolly or aromatic it will usually thrive in dry soil in full sun. Choosing perennial plants to plant under trees. Pieris japonica 'Little Heath' (v): (e) (*) grey-green leaves, edged silvery-white and pink-flushed when young. Height and spread to 8m (25ft) Height and spread to 3m (10ft) Taxus baccata 'Repandens' (f) AGM: semi-prostrate with long, spreading branches and dark green leaves. Spread 1.2m (4ft). Spread 7.5cm (3in). Height and spread 2m (6ft) Height 50cm (20in). Soil moisture levels are also affected by the rain shadow cast by dif-ferent trees; dense-canopied trees … conditions is not easy, hardly ever successful, is not sustainable and at the very Colchicum autumnale: (meadow saffron) showy flowers in autumn before the leaves, which are produced in spring. —D.O. Spread 10-50cm (4-20in). Rubus tricolor: spreading, arching shoots covered in red bristles.White flowers followed by raspberry-like, edible fruits. Rhododendron 'Wombat' (EA) AGM: (e) (*) small, bright green leaves and in early summer trusses of funnel-shaped pink flowers. conditions. artemisia. Great if you have a need to be needed, but not so great if you want to get away for a few days or we have a hosepipe ban. Viola odorata: a rhizomatous perennial, forming a loose mat of heart-shaped leaves with fragrant violet or white flowers 2cm (¾in) across in late winter and early spring. Height 10-15cm (4-6in). Spread 2m (6½ft) Height 40cm (16in). Pieris 'Forest Flame' AGM: (e) (*) slender, glossy dark green leaves, brilliant red when young. Spread indefinite. Small, bell-shaped white or pinkish flowers are followed by scarlet berries. • Most trees' roots hang out in the top 12 to 18 inches of soil and spread beyond the canopy's edges or drip line. Height and spread 90cm-1.5m (3-5ft). Tolerant of dry soils once established. (*) suitable for neutral to acid soil Height and spread 3m (10ft) Height 1.2m (4ft). 222879/SC038262. Coniferous trees are the types of trees that stay green all year. Abundant deep yellow flowers in large clusters, followed by black berries. Philadelphus 'Innocence' (v) AGM: dark green leaves mottled yellow, and single or semi-double, cup-shaped and very fragrant, pure white flowers in summer. Ilex aquifolium 'Argentea Marginata Pendula' (f/v): (e) purple stems and spiny, cream-margined, dark green leaves that are purple when young. If you are looking to buy dry soil plants, we list plants from several websites allowing you to decide … Yellow autumn colour. Cyrtomium falcatum: (Japanese holly fern) (e) glossy, dark green fronds. Drought-Tolerant Plants | The Best Plants For Dry Soil | HGTV RHS members can get exclusive individual advice from the RHS Gardening Advice team. Anemone nemorosa 'Vestal' AGM: deeply cut leaves and double white flowers from spring to early summer. Fritillaria meleagris AGM: (snakes head fritillary) with linear, grey-green leaves, and broadly bell-shaped pendent pinkish-purple flowers in spring with distinctive markings on the petals. Erythronium dens-canis AGM: (dog’s-tooth violet) green leaves, heavily mottled with brown, and solitary, white, pink or lilac flowers with yellow and red-brown zones at base in spring. Planting under trees is almost always a less than desirable situation, because the trees, with their extensive root systems, take most of the available water and nutrients. Best Plants to Grow Under Trees - BBC Gardeners' World Magazine glabra: 30-50ft x 12-15ft, Full Revelations of a Professional Rat-catcher, Comment or suggest Ideas. With the addition of organic matter to the soil and regular extra water throughout the first full growing season of establishment, the following are worth trying. Height 30cm (1ft). Selecting plants for planting in dry areas can be easy, if a plant has silver or Height 1m (3¼ft), spread 1.5m (5ft) Height 60cm (2ft). Shade and lack of moisture are both problems in these conditions, but there are a number of plants that will tolerate these situations. Height 10m (33ft) or more Plants for Dry Shade. policy,  Contact Mike, Growing everyday plants in dry soil Taxus × media 'Hicksii' (f): (yew) (e) broadly columnar habit with rich, dark green leaves. Height and spread 3m (10ft) Red berries if pollinated. Hedging for Dry Soil. Spread 60cm (2ft) Plants that store water either in there leaves and stems like Succulents and sedums tolerate long periods of drought thanks to their plump foliage or stems. Elaeangus × ebbingei ‘Gilt Edge’ AGM: (e) dark green leaves margined with yellow. While plants that love dry conditions are not the norm, it does not mean that drought-resistant cultivars are sparse. Crimson flowers with creamy-yellow spurs. Some have a coating of fine hairs on their leaves or stems, helping to trap moisture around the plant … Trachystemon orientalis: vigorous groundcover plant, useful in larger areas. Height 1.2m (4ft). Planting Under An Oak Tree: What Can You Plant Under Oak Trees Establishing new plants under these trees may be more difficult than un-der others. May be invasive, but useful for large areas. Height 45cm (18in). Height and spread 3m (10ft). These are a few examples of plants that grow well in dry gardens: Lavender, rosemary, santolina, thyme, cistus, sage, phlomis, most achilleas and artemisia. There are many shrubs and trees that naturally occur in arid places, as well as those that have been … Height and spread to 3m (10ft) Height 3m (10ft). Height and spread 75cm (30in) Height 10m (33ft) or more So if you are prone to forgetting to water, try some of the best plants for dry conditions listed on this reserves. Sarcococca hookeriana var. Plants from hot spots in many other parts of the world have evolved to grow and thrive in dry conditions too and Height and spread 4m (12ft) Height 15cm (6in). Height 75cm (30in). Iris foetidissima AGM: (stinking iris) (e) glossy, rich green leaves and small, yellow-tinged, purple flowers followed by large pods opening to show bright orange-red seeds, persisting into winter. Spread 45-63cm (18-25in). Height 1m (3¾ft). The plant then becomes dependent on your watering schedule. Camellia japonica 'Adolphe Audusson' AGM: (*) (e) dark, glossy, green leaves, and blood-red semi-double flowers with golden stamens. Height to 90cm (3ft). Spread 50cm (20in). See also Climbers and wall shrubs for shade and Primula japonica 'Millers Crimson' (Pf) AGM: (Japanese primrose) (*) (w) rosettes of pale green leaves and stout stems bearing crimson flowers in late spring/early summer. Hypericum calycinum (rose of Sharon): A very tolerant spreading shrub with yellow flowers from mid-summer onwards. Spread 60cm (2ft) Spread 2m (6ft). Height to 1.2m (4ft). Height 30cm (1ft). Height and spread 1.2m (4ft) Oval leaves on stalks and clusters of small blue star flowers in spring. Note: Height and spread for plant is approximate. Spread 1.2m (4ft) Height 20cm (8in), spread 1m (3¼ft). For example, fir, pine, and spruce. Height 25cm (10in). These are a few examples of plants that grow well in dry gardens: Lavender, rosemary, santolina, thyme, cistus, sage, phlomis, most achilleas and Viburnum tinus 'Eve Price' AGM: (e) leathery dark green leaves and, from late winter, flattened clusters of deep pink buds opening to small white flowerheads. Polystichum setiferum 'Pulcherrimum Bevis' AGM: (soft shield fern) (e) rosettes of graceful, soft textured, lance-shaped mid-green fronds. Image: RHS, RHS Garden Hyde Hall Spring and Orchid Show, Free entry to RHS members at selected (No sign in or email reqd.). (e) evergreen Hyacinthoides non-scripta: (English bluebell) linear leaves and erect stems bearing arching racemes of fragrant, narrowly tubular, violet-blue, occasionally white or pink flowers in spring.Height 20-40cm (8-16in). Suitable plants. Clusters of pink flowers on long stalks in late spring. Height 90cm (3ft). Some trees are easy to garden under, while others prove challenging. Chasmanthium latifolium: (Spangle grass) loosely tufted, ribbon-like bright green leaves, bearing open panicles of green spikelets in late summer. conditions is not easy, hardly ever successful, is not sustainable, Selecting plants for planting in dry areas can be easy. Cotoneaster simonsii: (se) dark green leaves have good autumn colour; small pink flowers in summer are followed by bright orange-red fruit. Growing plants beneath established trees can be challenging. Lonicera nitida: (e) pairs of small, dark green leaves; tiny white flowers from the leaf axils in spring, followed by purple berries. Trees and shrubs also create dry shade, as their roots take up a lot of water. Spread to 2.5m (8ft). Fuchsia magellanica var. Join the RHS today and support our charitable work, Keep track of your plants with reminders & care tips – all to help you grow successfully, For the latest on RHS Shows in 2020 and 2021, read more, RHS members get free access to RHS Gardens, Free entry to RHS members at selected times », Reduced prices on RHS Garden courses and workshops, General enquiries Spread 60cm (2ft). Stauntonia hexaphylla: (e) dark green leaves composed of leathery leaflets, and racemes of fragrant, cup-shaped, violet-tinged, white flowers in spring. White flowers often tinged pink appear in late spring, followed by purple-black berries. Height 5-15cm (2-6in), spread 5-10cm (2-4in). Height 1.5m (5ft). Height 1.1-1.5m (3-5ft). Most trees have a superficial root system, and almost all of their roots are at a depth of 14-16 inches (35-40 cm). Cotinus 'Flame' AGM: oval, light green leaves turn brilliant orange-red in autumn. will also survive our dry British summers. Height and spread 3m (10ft) Aucuba japonica 'Crotonifolia': (spotted laurel) (e) large, glossy, yellow-speckled leaves. Height and spread 40cm (16in) anyway, as regular watering only encourages the plant's roots to stay shallow instead of going deeper into the ground seeking water for themselves. Spread 2m (6ft) least will be very time-consuming requiring gallons of water and hours spent watering. (6-10ft x 5ft), Vitex agnus-castus: 2-8m x 2-8m (6-25ft x 6-25ft), Chamaecyparis lawsoniana (Lawson cypress), Cupressus arizonica var. Berberis × stenophylla 'Claret Cascade': young red shoots and bronze-red young leaves. Gardening Under Redwoods: Dealing With Dry Shade, Acidic Soil, … Spread indefinite Orange or red berries follow. Some trees are better suited for planting under them, and some are not suitable at all. Polypodium vulgare: (common polypody) (e) native to the UK, spreads, but not invasive. Spread 1.5m (5ft) Matteuccia struthiopteris AGM: (Ostrich fern) (*) (w) shuttlecocks of pale and dark green fronds emerge in early summer. Ground under conifers: It is very difficult to establish plants under conifers as the soil is usually dry and the evergreen canopy shades the site all year round. Elaeagnus × ebbingei 'Limelight' (v): (e) metallic, silvery young leaves that become marked with yellow and pale green in the centres. Add some shade-tolerant spring bulbs in September and these … Spread 75cm (30in) Height 7.5-15cm (3-6in). Berries deep metallic blue. The plants provide excellent erosion control, filling a niche × ebbingei ‘ Gilt Edge ’ AGM: plants for dry soil under trees spiny branches and dark green leaves their... ) loosely tufted, ribbon-like bright green leaves, and spruce green, strap-shaped fronds are... Dark green leaves and double white flowers in spring large blue-violet flowers in large clusters, by. 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