Under the Shade - mud, slope & shade
We have a huge maple tree that's great for shade but we need to do something about the ground underneath. So much shade the grass wont grow & it becomes a muddy mess. Did I mention the ground is sloped? Thought of building it up to make a gentle slop to the main grass yard but the space is so big we are stuck on ground cover & plantings. Its about an 10x12 area, with a hedge behind the space so the area is a rectangle with the tree in the middle back. Need plantings to sides & the front. Ideas?
Submitted by shmeena

Hi,

 

Thanks for writing. There's a large number of shade-loving groundcovers you should be able to plant to help hold the slope and add beauty. I'd suggest mixing groundcover varieties so you have interest over a longer season.

Some of the easiest and fastest spreading are:

Lily of the valley

Lamium

Ajuga

Yellow corydalis

Hosta

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Answered by CostaFarms
Community Answers (2)

We moved into a very old home with a very old Maple tree, HUGE! It is gorgous but the rest of the yard was UGLY! In total shade, with 70 years of junk on and in the ground. We made the back yard our priority. First, we cleaned up the lot. The tree was raised so we built a raised garden around it. We made a free-form PEA GRAVEL patio in most of the yard and around the tree garden. Planted shade perennials in waves all around the edge. Hosta, Hydrangia etc. lots of impatience as well. BEAUTIFUL!
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