Not picky as wejust moved here and I love all plants and flowers, Looking for idea's right now. Don't want something too invasive as it connects right to lawn. Just getting idea's on what would do good under pine tree's, shady and all. And it slopes there to. I will try to find pic's of the ones you mentioned. Would fern's do good here? I have free acess to alot in our woods...
What are your conditions (wet, dry, sunny, shady)? And what is your soil like? I am guessing the conditions are shady and fairly dry (because of the trees), and the soil is standard woodland soil (nothing special), but let us know.
You can try Hellebores and Epimedium plants. Helebores do not require sun to bloom. Epimedium has a bloom in the spring, and the heart-shaped foliage tends to change color in the fall. There are a number of others that bloom in the spring and continue to provide nice foliage all summer and into the fall.
A lot of things will grow in your area, but as an experienced below tree planter, I wonder if you will have a problem digging through the tree roots. You might like to try ferns also. I don't find any of these invasive or hard to control. Ground covers like pachysandra and Aegopodium should be avoided. Plants like polygonium are difficult to contain as well. Hosta is easier to cultivate and somewhat easier to contain. Do you have deer?
Again, please check to see if you can get a shovel into the ground without breaking it (the shovel).
The bigroot geranium will grow if you lie them on top of the soil and add enough soil to cover the roots -- you don't have to dig a hole for them.
I don't know if they can be grown from seed. They do divide easily. I have read that the one I grow ('Ingwersen's Variety') is less aggressive than some of the others; if you are looking for a quick cover, you might look to the species (http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/2784/). When looking at comments there, someone wrote that rabbits are a pest...
I have similar tall ferns in my shade garden as well as some Japanese painted fern. They die down in the winter weather and reliably return each spring (the Japanese painted fern start to grow later than the others).
I see you have a wild columbine growing there too. They should do very well under those trees too. I have some growing under both pine and magnolia trees that create a lot of competition with the trees roots, but they grow wonderfully.
I planted Ostrich Ferns in my shade garden under a large pine tree. They are easy maintenance but I do remove the dead leaves in the spring. I don't bother the brown fronds that form in the middle---looks like a brown/black feather about a foot high. It contains spores.
smellthis and happy--macomb - Thanks for the compliments. The Ostrich Ferns are planted along an old low wall about two feet high. Where they are planted is about 15 ft. x 8 ft. The tree is a Norway Spruce and it stands at least 80 - 90 ft. high and the overhang is about 60 ft. wide. I'm guessing the tree is about 80 years old. I hope it lives a lot longer as I depend on it for my shade garden and it's a beautiful old tree.
I seldom water the ferns and we have a lot of clay soil here. Usually the natural rainfall is sufficient but if it's really hot and dry I water them. When I first planted them, I added humus and top soil and I use pine mulch. I thought since the pine tree drops tons of needles I should keep it consistent but I don't know if it matters. They were started in 2004 and it took about four years to really fill in but I only started with three. They spread nicely and when they go in the wrong direction, I dig them and rearrange and they don't seem to mind. I also placed stones through them so I can clean out any debris without stepping on them.
I just came in from outside--Will try to post new pics tomorrow. I added some bigroot geranium's--and hosta I think once I mulch a bit it's going to look really nice once it all starts spreading a bit. I'm pretty happy with it ;-) Even got one fancy big leaf hosta (william something) I found a lady near me who has a Beautiful yard, sunny gardens--woodland gardens, and she divides stuff up and sales it as she needs to, at very resonable prices (hosta plain green/white $3---big root geranium $5--the fancy hosta was like $12--ginger was $3) She had ton's of stuff. I know I'll be back! But I'll post pictures tomorrow and see what ya'll think of it. Oh and I got something called Angelica she said it gets big and has purple flowers???...
Gosh - how does your neighbor sell her plants? A sign in the yard, an online ad? Great way to finance the new plant budget. I hate to just toss plants into the compost pile.
Is your new plant Angelica gigas? Always thought that would be a fun plant to grow.
It was just a sign like a Yard Sale sign that said Plant Sale, so I proceeded to check it out ;-) If she has something you'd want, I could get it for you and mail it---Yes it's Angelica Gigas--I just looked it up, I've never had one before and the ginger I have never had--but it's a pretty plant.
DD gets first call on anything unwanted. She's currently in limbo between houses and I'm currently holding about 10 plants in pots for her. But it does answer my own dilemma of how to make more space for new plants. I'll keep you in mind on the next purging.