What to Plant Around Thirsty Sycamore Trees?

I have two big sycamore trees at the bottom of my driveway. There are landscape beds underneath the trees, but the holly bushes in the beds keep dying. Someone told me that sycamores have a tendency to soak up a lot of water. Is that why the hollies keep dying? If so, what kind of small shrubs can I plant in my beds? Thanks in advance for your advice!
Submitted by ltorie

Hi,

 

Thanks for writing. Some good drought-resistant perennials for shade include:

  • Corydalis lutea: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/plant-dictionary/perennial/corydalis/
  • Bigroot geranium: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/plant-dictionary/perennial/perennial-geranium/
  • Epimedium: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/plant-dictionary/perennial/barrenwort/
  • Foamflower: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/plant-dictionary/perennial/foamflower/

Shurbs are a little tougher;a couple of options include:

  • blackhaw viburnum (Viburnum prunifolium)
  • Snowberry (Symporicarpos)
  • Russian cypress (Microbiota decussata)

 

---Justin, Senior Garden Editor, BHG.com


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