Planting suggestions under tree

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  1. gardening lassie

    gardening lassie Apprentice Gardener

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    I am looking for some advice on what to plant under a tree. We have a small ornamental pear (pyrus) tree with a 2x2 metre bed underneath. It is dry and south facing at the front and dry and shady at the back.


    I would welcome any suggestions on what to plant to fill the space under the tree. Our soil is heavy.
     
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    Hi @gardening lassie - welcome! If the soil is always dry (and it will get more so as the pear grows), then it is worth thinking about less 'lush' plants that can stand it. For the south facing section maybe go for lavender, helianthemum, dianthus, bulbous things like alliums, dwarf irises, nerines. For the shady bit, cyclamen would manage. Depending on how dry it is, fatsia, variegated ivy might be the safest option in terms of shrubby stuff. If it's acidic soil, maybe pernettya for winter colour?
     
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