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I have a very large horse chestnut tree at the bottom of my garden. It is obviously very dry around the base of it and I was just wondering if there was anything that I could plant there which would survive? My wife suggested lavender, as the base does get quite a lot of sun in the afternoon/evening. 

Any thoughts?




  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,214

    I think that lavender might struggle a bit. Not sure where you live so a bit dificult to suggest something but epimediums are hard to kill and have pretty spring flowers in either red or yellow. They also make a nest site for the local pheasants every year.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,720

    Hardy geraniums do well in dry shade.  Spring flowering bulbs will usually do well under large deciduous trees. Foxgloves are also ok.

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391

    Also Vinca (periwinkle) will grow in almost any conditions if you need any evergreen ground cover.  It grows here on a steep bank in total shade underneath Yew trees.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
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