What to plant among tree roots?
Thanks for writing. The biggest issue trying to grow plants under established maple trees tends to be the fact that the maples' root systems are so large they absorb the lion's share of the moisture and nutrients.
But some plants that seem pretty well adapated to that include:
Corydalis lutea, Geranium macrorrhizum, Epimedium species, and lily-of-the-valley (Convallaria).
The first year you'll want to keep your plants well watered to help them get established. After that, they should do a pretty good job of taking care of themselves.
---Justin, Senior Garden Editor, BHG.com
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