Easy garden design idea: underplanting trees

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This is the easiest garden design idea ever: underplant your trees with lots of one thing. You see a lot of trees underplanted with grasses in contemporary gardens, but as you can see by the above photo, this looks just as great in traditional gardens.

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Helichrysum petiolare always looks good, can take some shade and a whole lot of neglect, and only needs water once a week at the most.

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Blue oat grass (Helictotrichon sempervirens), another easy keeper.

lemon tree underplanted with pineapple salvia

Some trees don’t like other plants growing in their root zones, so it’s worth doing a little research on your trees first. For example, I don’t plant anything under my native oak. However, everything I’ve read tells me not to plant under citrus. And here is my lemon tree with a pineapple salvia happily growing underneath. They’ve been together for at least ten years, which seems like a bizarrely long life for a salvia.

 

 

 

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