Successful Gardening Beneath Maple and Oak Trees

Before: The areas beneath maple and oak trees can challenge our best gardening skills. But with the right soil building techniques, correct drainage, and good plant selection, these areas can glow with seasonal colors.

Bare earth beneath maple tree.

After a program of soil building, erosion control, and plant selection, this formerly bare area came alive. Spring, early summer, and late summer views are shown on the right and below.

Spring bulbs glow in shady area beneath maple tree.

Ferns thrive beneath maple trees.



Gardening beneath maple trees.



Moutainlaurel blooms under mature maple.

Mountainlaurel blooms beneath maple tree.