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Valerie05-Aug-03 04:25 AM EST 5b   
Olivia, Toronto zone 6 I think05-Aug-03 02:33 PM EST 6   
Nancy05-Aug-03 03:02 PM EST 5   
05-Aug-03 04:38 PM EST   
Valerie06-Aug-03 06:49 AM EST 5b   
Valerie06-Aug-03 06:51 AM EST 5b   
Valerie06-Aug-03 06:51 AM EST 5b   
26-Aug-03 11:45 PM EST   


Subject: help-new country property questions
From: Valerie
Zone: 5b
Date: 05-Aug-03 04:25 AM EST

We have recently moved to the country and I have several questions about new gardening situations for me. First, 2 sides of our back yard are bordered with Nordic Spruce. The house is forty years old so I assume they are also. They are 80 -100 ft. high. In total, we have several hundred ft below the canopy of the trees (approx 15-20 ft. wide). The lower branches have been cut so that a person can walk under the trees. I would like to plant under the trees and have some kind of meandering path and benches. Can taller bushes such as hydrangea survive? I would like to plant things of vary height because the tree canopy starts quite high (7-8ft). I would appreciate any suggestion of plant material. My next question is about ground covers for sunny locations. The new property has a pool with the grass coming up under the pool fence, to about 1 ft. from the edge of the pool. To avoid getting a lot of grass in the pool, I would like to replace the grass inside the fence with some king of ground cover that won't creep into the rest of the lawn. The location is south facing and open so it gets sun all day long. Again I would appreciate any suggestions you have. Thanks very much and sorry about the long message. Valerie


Subject: RE: help-new country property questions
From: Olivia, Toronto zone 6 I think
Zone: 6
Date: 05-Aug-03 02:33 PM EST

There are many ground covers that you can get to grow in places such as yours, but be aware that alot of plants will not like the chlorinated water getting on them. I would try something that smells nice as well maybe creeping thyme. Hope that helps just a little bit. Don't know the answer to your other questions.


Subject: RE: help-new country property questions
From: Nancy
Zone: 5
Date: 05-Aug-03 03:02 PM EST

Valerie, I'm afraid not an awful lot will grow under Norway spruce of that size. I have nine of them along my fenceline that are over 80 years old, and am also looking for suitable understory shrubs. We currently have a small struggling cedar and a 7 ft native elder (Sambucus canadensis) growing between them, and have been told that gray dogwood (Cornus racemosa) or Sorbaria will do OK. Forget anything that needs a lot of moisture (I can't figure out why the elder is doing so well) or light. Good luck!


Subject: RE: help-new country property questions
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Date: 05-Aug-03 04:38 PM EST


Subject: RE: help-new country property questions
From: Valerie
Zone: 5b
Date: 06-Aug-03 06:49 AM EST

Olivia and Nancy,

Thank you for your help and plant suggestions. I will get out my books and check out the plants.

Valerie


Subject: RE: help-new country property questions
From: Valerie
Zone: 5b
Date: 06-Aug-03 06:51 AM EST

Olivia and Nancy,

Thank you for your help and plant suggestions. I will get out my books and check out the plants.

Valerie


Subject: RE: help-new country property questions
From: Valerie
Zone: 5b
Date: 06-Aug-03 06:51 AM EST

Olivia and Nancy,

Thank you for your help and plant suggestions. I will get out my books and check out the plants.

Valerie


Subject: RE: help-new country property questions
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Date: 26-Aug-03 11:45 PM EST

You might want to try Kerria japonica; it's hardy to 4b and I have used it under white pines (dry shade as well) so it's worth a try. Good luck


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