Planting Hostas Under Trees
Hostas are an ideal candidate.
Planting hostas under trees. I would have moved them all to a new area except i am stubborn and really wanted them there. You can protect hostas from sun wind and hail by planting them under established trees. Planting under trees from university of nebraska lincoln julie christensen learned about gardening on her grandfathers farm and mothers vegetable garden in southern idaho. A thin layer of mulch no more than 3 inches can then be spread around the base of the tree and plants.
Hostas are low growing plants that produce long green leaves and lavender flowers on tall stalks in the summer. Carefully dug holes will avoid damage to the trees shallow root system. Today she lives and gardens on the high plains of colorado. The coloring of hosta leaves can be dark green light green or green with cream stripes on the inner or outer edges.
I have been growing hostas under a very large maple tree for about 15 years. This feature is not available right now. Make sure you dont plant them too close to the roots however or the hostas will have to compete for nutrients. The addition of even 6 inches 15 cm of soil over a trees root structure can cause serious damage.
Please try again later. Do plant in holes when planting under trees give each plant its own hole. Avoid building raised flower beds under your trees. If you are new to gardening you may wonder what plants will grow under evergreen trees or maybe you have tried planting grass under an evergreen and your grass died on you.
Each hole can be filled with composted organic matter to help benefit the plant. Dig carefully with a hand trowel to avoid damaging larger tree roots. Oak trees with their stout trunks and broad limbs create a statement in the landscape but also a dilemma for the gardener. Spread a 6 inch layer of compost or manure over the soil at the planting area.