Landscaping with pecan trees

meadowmomAugust 14, 2010

I have a huge, lovely old pecan tree in my front yard. I'm trying to reduce the amount of lawn I have to mow, and I'd like to make this tree the anchor of an island bed. But I'm not sure what to plant that will thrive. It is shady of course, but not dense. Grass grows right up to the trunk. Any suggestions. It is dang hot here in the summer, and y'all know about the humidity.

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meadowmom

Forgot to mention - I live southeast of Columbia, in the middle of the state.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2010 at 6:25PM
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transplanted2scin07(7b upstate SC)

Daylilies (Hemerocallis) will do very well in filtered shade and come in so many wonderful colors. Hostas love shade and will be a nice compliment with their crinkly, rounded leaves. The foliage ranges from chartruese to green to blue and there are variegated ones, too. If the shade is not dense, you may be better off with the blue-foliaged varieties that are more sun tolerant. Campanulas would be an additional compliment and come in many varieties, sizes and shapes, mostly in blue-purple tones or whites, but sometimes in other colors.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2010 at 5:34PM
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dottie_in_charlotte(z7-8 NC)

meadowmom, first..pecan trees/leaves/roots/nuthusks contain juglone..not near as much as a black walnut tree but sufficient to deter your success with many kinds of plants.
Do some research on which plants tolerate some juglone before you invest heavily in landscape plants/flowers to pretty up the area around that tree.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2010 at 2:44PM
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