Impatiens Under Maples?

jmcbackyarddigger(z6b So IL)March 31, 2012

Everything I read says don't plant anything under a maple tree if you want it to thrive.

I know that this applies to perennials because I've tried hosta time and time again. Advice on the gardenweb says that that's a no-no. I AGREE after failing continually with my numerous attempts.

So what about impatiens? I thought I might give them a try this year and see what happens.

The maple tree in question is one of the tall hard maple types.

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Anything you plant under your maple will be competeing with the tree roots for moisture and nutrients. Nothing will do well there unless it is planted in a pot and the pot sunk into the ground. Then you'd have the problem of cutting tree roots to plant the pot. They do make circular pots for going around a tree if you can find them or you could do a triangle or square with window boxes. They could sit on top of the ground and be hardly noticable once the impatiens spill over the edge.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2012 at 12:50AM
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