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Underplanting for limbed pines
Sadly, there's nothing you can grow directly underneath pines, spruces or redwoods. We often recommend using pots of shade-loving annuals to add color, but otherwise, you'll have to get by with the needles acting as a ground cover. You can grow plants away from the drip line or outside perimeter of the trees, but nothing directly underneath. For planting ideas near, but not under your trees, you can do an Advanced Search on our Plant Encyclopedia on this site and get a list of plants you could grow nearby.