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Evergreen shrubs for ground cover and shade

DLLDLL Posts: 1
I would very much welcome advice on shrubs I can use for evergreen ground cover for under a large fir tree so fairly shaded area and quick growing would be preferable. Thank you DLL


  • Not many plants and shrubs will do very well there because the fir tree will have sucked most of the nutrients out of the soil and the area will be very dry with lots of fir tree roots near the surface, sucking up most of the available water.  However, Lesser periwinkle (Vinca minor) usually does ok in that sort of situation and is evergreen.  Vinca major (Greater periwinkle) also good if you want a bit more height (V. minor will only grow a few inches high.)  Both have a few cultivars, some variegated, and will spread by rooting where the stems touch the ground.  In some situations they can be invasive but that's unlikely in the position you describe.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,789
    Euphorbias will grow well enough once established, but as @BobTheGardener says, it's difficult to establish anything in those circumstances, unless you get regular, heavy rainfall.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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