Year-Round Color Under Oak Tree
I have a young Pin Oak in full sun (the branches are too small to offer much shade yet), Zone 7, under which I planted daffodils that do fine; however, since the oak is the focal point of my front yard, I want dramatic year-round color and texture from plants that will compete well with the tree roots.
I have two ideas:
1. Plant a "groundcover" of Firepower Nandinas around the tree, and fill in with three Knock-Out roses toward the front where they'll be most seen.
2. Use Silvery Sunproof Liriope as the groundcover, fill in with the three Knock-Out roses, and behind the roses (closer to the trunk of the tree) plant three taller Nandinas to serve as a backdrop to the roses.
Anyone's design thoughts would be MOST appreciated!!!