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What plants make good flower beds around trees?

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Not all plants can do well under trees, especially because there is less light. Here is a list of plants for flower beds that do: hostas, lilies, bloodroot, bleeding heart, shooting star, ferns, coral bells, primrose, bellflowers, sage, stonecrop, merry bells, black eyed Susan, bugleweed, aster, wild ginger, butterfly weed, barren strawberry, sweet woodruff, yarrow, periwinkle, daffodils, violet, squills, impatiens, snowdrops and crocus.

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What plants make good flower beds around trees?
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Not all trees are suitable for having flower beds beneath them. Many trees need space for their roots and react badly having other plants in their immediate vicinity. When making a flower bed, it must be understood what kind of roots the tree has. If it has shallow roots, and if they are widespread, it is harder to cultivate the flower bed. If too much soil is added, it can suffocate the tree, causing serious damage or even killing it. It should be kept in mind that some trees are very dense and allow very little light to penetrate their canopy. The flowers planted below should be those requiring shady conditions. But whatever the case, the lowest few tree branches should be pruned to provide extra light. When planting, plants should be planted in small amounts each time to reduce soil disturbance. Care must be taken not to damage a tree root while preparing the soil.

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