What to plant beneath lilacs?

Question by subra55118: What to plant beneath lilacs?
I live in Minnesota and have a huge lilac hedge in the backyeard. Problem is that nothing is growing underneath the bushes so it looks really barren and ugly. What can I plant beneath these plants and when do I plant? Need something fairly easy as I have no gardening experience. Also my yard is already pretty much full of hosta so I would prefer something else.

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Answer by artiststree
Plant some Liriope Spicata ground cover. They are durable and evergreen so the winter months will still give you something to look at. They offer a dense ground cover that have a great showing of small flowers.
There are different varieties so do some research on the variety that you would prefer.

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5 Responses to “What to plant beneath lilacs?”

  1. fashion chick says:

    Go to your local greenery and look around for plants you like.

  2. CKHumphries says:

    You could try ivy, ajuga, aegopodium, lirope or vinca. There are a multitude of other options. Check out these two sites for more ideas.

  3. jackyblu says:

    I have a lilac tree that someone had planted a shrub right below it. I thought it odd but the lower shrub blooms and it has a nice green leaf in summer so it hides the bare bottom of the lilac. not sure my shrub but anything you like would work. experiment!

  4. mynxr says:

    Plant a fern garden. They grow well in shade and look beautiful. Just buy them at the flower shop, dig a hole, put some peat moss and compost, mix it into the soil put the fern in the hole and cover it up. Make sure the fern is the same level in the pot as it is in the ground. They are very easy to grow and eventually will multiply. They have loads of different varieties. I would just use the ones you can buy in your area.

  5. reader says:

    Liriope really isn’t too great in MN. Hostas are obvious but a person can get hosta’d out even with all the great varieties. Ferns would work well but the toughest ones do tend to take over and march into your lawn and, personally, I find them a little boring. In my Minneapolis gardens I have had great success with Lamiastrum Golden Archangel under Lilacs and other trees/shrubs. I like it because it is truly silvery and gives an appearance of dappled sun even if there is none. It is also very hardy and vigorous and completely undemanding, plus it is easy to plant annuals, bulbs or other shade perennials amongst in order to add color and height. There are a couple varieties commonly called this, they are all pretty but I am referring to the more trailing type rather than the Hermann’s Pride, which is also nice but a little pickier. For annuals, impatiens and salvia would work well there as would torenia. For perennials, coneflower is a tough plant that requires less sun than one is often led to believe and which will reseed itself and bloom all summer long. It is also a butterfly magnet as is tall garden phlox which might also work depending on the sun. Daylilies are another zero maintenance winner that don’t need full sun, especially the older types. Bleeding Heart and lilies of the valley are also happy under my lilac and early season bulbs would also be lovely and would extend your season. For something large and tough and almost shrub-like try a variety of joe-pye weed (eupatorium). It won’t compete with the lilac blooms but will entirely hide their base during the summer.

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