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20+ Plants for Under Pine Trees: It Doesn’t Have to be a Struggle!

Plants for Under Pine Trees: Beautiful manicured shade garden with a Gazebo surrounded with blooming rhododendron and azalea bushes and large ferns.

Pine trees are the unsung evergreen heroes of the seasons! I often feel like pine trees and other evergreens are underrated for their ability to create interest (color and foliage) during the colder months.

Pine trees can also offer a beautiful open space beneath their branches and if you’re like me, any open space in your garden is just calling out for something to be planted there. But so many gardeners have a hard time finding plants that will survive in this space!

The fact is that most plants don’t love to call the space under a pine tree “home.” That’s because it’s quite shady and pine tree roots are shallow, so they compete for nutrients. The soil also has a tendency to have a lower pH than what most plants prefer due to the acidity in the fallen pine needles.

This doesn’t mean everything you plant there will die – you just have to know what plants can withstand these conditions. In this article, I’ll list off MANY plants that will survive and grow under pine trees, plus pictures and facts about my favorites!

But before we get into that, here are my big tips as you get ready to plant under your pine trees:

Tips for Growing Plants Under Pine Trees

  • “Limb up” the pine tree to provide more light and moisture to the area. This just means that the bottom branches of the pine tree are cut to provide more height between the ground and where the branches start. 
  • Choose plants that are shade-tolerant, have a shallow root system and don’t require a lot of water once established.
  • Don’t go through massive efforts to change the pH in your soil. This is only going to create more work for you in the long run. Instead, choose plants that will be happy in the acidic soil underneath your pine tree.

Now that you know the basics, let’s crack into it.

What to Plant Under Pine Trees

In general, look for plants that:

  • Prefer acidic soil
  • Don’t need too much sun
  • Can tolerate dry conditions
  • Can survive and thrive, even while competing with the root system of a mature tree

Here are some handy tables you can reference, with plants of each type that align with those criteria.

Best Bulbs for Under Pine Trees 

NameZoneBotanical NameMature SizeSun ExposureGrowth RatePurchase
Scented Daffodil Mix5-9Narcissus ‘Minnow’, Narcissus ‘Martinette’1-1.5’ HFull Sun/Partial SunMediumPurchase
‘Vanguard’ Crocus4-8Crocus vernus ‘Vanguard’5” HFull Sun/Partial SunMediumPurchase
Grape Hyacinth3-8Muscari latifolium1-1.75’ HFull Sun/Partial SunMediumPurchase
‘Tiny Double You’ Asiatic Lily3-9Lilium asiatic ‘Tiny Double You’1-1.25’ HFull Sun/Partial SunMediumPurchase

Best Perennial Plants for Under Pine Trees 

NameZoneBotanical NameMature SizeSun ExposureGrowth RatePurchase
Ostrich Fern3-7Matteuccia struthiopteris3-6’ H x 5-7’ WFull Shade/Partial ShadeMediumPurchase
Jacob’s Ladder3-8Polemonium reptans1-3’ H x 1-2’ WFull Sun/Partial ShadeMediumPurchase
Wild Geranium3-8Geranium maculatum1.25-2’ H x 1-1.25’ WFull Sun/Partial ShadeMediumPurchase
Wild Columbine3-8Aquilegia canadensis2-3’ H x 1-1.5’ WFull Sun/Partial ShadeMediumPurchase
‘Wild Rose’ Coral Bells4-9Heuchera PRIMO ‘Wild Rose’8-10” H x 18-20”  WFull Sun/Partial ShadeMediumPurchase
‘Nikko’ Slender Deutzia5-8Deutzia gracilis ‘Nikko’1.5-2’ H x 3.5’ WFull Sun/Partial ShadeMediumPurchase

Best Groundcovers for Under Pine Trees 

NameZoneBotanical NameMature SizeSun ExposureGrowth RatePurchase
Allegheny Spurge3-8Pachysandra procumbens8-12” H x 12” WFull Shade/Partial ShadeSlowPurchase
Wild Ginger3-8Asarum canadense1’ H x 1-2’ W Full Shade/Partial ShadeMediumPurchase
‘Massachusetts’ Kinnikinnick2-6Arctostaphylos uva-ursi ‘Massachusetts’1’ H x 8-10’ WFull Sun/Partial ShadeMediumPurchase
Sweet Woodruff4-9Galium odoratum6-12” H x 6-12” WFull Shade/Partial ShadeMediumPurchase
‘Rocky Road Magenta’ Creeping Phlox4-8Phlox ‘Rocky Road Magenta’0.5’ H x 2-3’ WFull SunMediumPurchase

Best Shrubs for Under Pine Trees 

NameZoneBotanical NameMature SizeSun ExposureGrowth RatePurchase
Wine & Roses® Weigela4-8Weigela florida ‘Alexandra’4-5’ H x 4-5’ WFull SunMediumPurchase
‘Soft Touch’ Japanese Holly5-9Ilex crenata ‘Soft Touch’2-3’ H x 2-3’ WFull SunFastPurchase
White Rhododendron4-8Rhododendron catawbiense Album4-5’ H x 4-5’ WFull Sun/Partial SunMediumPurchase
Autumn Amethyst Encore Azalea6-10Rhododendron ‘Conlee’3-4’ H x 3-4’ WFull Sun/Partial SunMediumPurchase
Quick Fire® Hydrangea Shrub3-8Hydrangea paniculata ‘Bulk’ treeform6-10’ H x 4-5’ WFull Sun/Partial SunSlowPurchase

Note: Keep in mind – to grow these plants properly, you may need to test pH level, fertilize and/or improve the soil quality. You should always make sure your plants are getting the proper amount of sunlight to thrive.

Below, we’ll go even deeper into the best plants that thrive under pine trees.

Best Bulbs to Plant Under Pine Trees

Bulb plants are plants that store their life cycles in an underground bud or bulb (like an onion). Bulbs that thrive under pine trees can be hard to come by, but here are some that grow in these conditions:

  • Daffodil
  • Grape Hyacinth
  • Lilies
  • Snowdrops
  • Crocus
  • Hardy cyclamen

Let’s go a little more in-depth about my personal favorite bulbs for under pine trees…

Scented Daffodil Mix 

Plants Under Pine Trees Daffodil Phlox
Narcissus ‘Minnow’, Narcissus ‘Martinette’, Narcissus ‘Tete a tete’, Narcissus ‘Quail’, Narcissus ‘Pueblo’

Zones 5-9
Full sun, partial sun
1-1.5’ H
Blooming Time: Mid to late spring, for 6 weeks to 6 months (depending on geographic location)
Planting Time and Depth: Fall, 2” deeper than bulb height
Growth Rate: Medium
Purchase here!

Why this plant?

This is a beautiful combination of multi-colored daffodils that will welcome spring with a mixture of yellow blooms. The fragrance of daffodils varies, but expect to pick up spicy, musky, vanilla and even Jasmine-like scents in the air with this mix.

Native to northern Africa, Europe, Afghanistan, China and Japan.

‘Vanguard’ Crocus                             

Plants Under Pine Trees Crocus Vanguard
Crocus vernus ‘Vanguard’

Zones 4-8
Full sun, partial sun
5” H
Blooming Time: Early spring, for 3 weeks
Planting Time and Depth: Fall, 2-3” deep
Growth Rate: Medium
Purchase here!

Why this plant? 

Crocus will perennialize to fill a large area in just a few years. The ‘Vanguard’ variety has pale purple petals surrounding an inner layer of deeper purple petals, making it a really striking addition to any early spring garden. They also look beautiful in bud vase arrangements.

Crocus vernus is native to the Alps, the Pyrenees and the Balkans.

Grape Hyacinth 

Plants for under pine trees grape hyacinth
Muscari latifolium

Zones 3-8
Full sun, partial sun
1-1.75’ H
Blooming Time: Early spring, for 3 weeks
Planting Time and Depth: Fall, 3-4” deep
Growth Rate: Medium
Purchase here!

Why this plant? 

Hyacinths are one of the first flowers you’ll see to welcome spring. If you’d like to welcome spring with a highly fragrant smell that’s sweet, robust and earthy in a petite purple package, grape hyacinth may be right for you!

Native to southeastern Europe.

Lily Looks ‘Tiny Double You’ Asiatic Lily                      

Plants for Under Pine Trees 'Tiny Double You' Asiatic Lily
Lilium asiatic ‘Tiny Double You’

Zones 3-9
Full sun, partial sun
1-1.25’ H
Blooming Time: Mid-summer, for 3 to 4 weeks
Planting Time and Depth: Early fall, 6” deep
Growth Rate: Medium
Purchase here!

Why this plant? 

The bright orange blooms of ‘Tiny Double You’ Asiatic Lily will ‘pop’ in the shade and make this particular lily stand out under your pine tree!

Asiatic Lilies are native to Asia. This variety was specially bred in the Netherlands as a dwarf lily.

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Best Perennials to Plant Under Pine Trees

Perennials are plants that come back every year. Who doesn’t want that?! These perennials can withstand the environment under pine trees:

  • Coral bells
  • Columbines
  • Wild geraniums (cranesbill)
  • Jacob’s Ladder
  • Hostas
  • Foxgloves
  • Woodland Sunflowers
  • Ferns
  • Bleeding Hearts
  • Astilbes

Here’s a few specific perennials you can try under your pines:

Ostrich Fern                            

Ostrich fern, University of Helsinki botanical garden
Matteuccia struthiopteris by Vzb83 (CC BY-SA 3.0), via Wikimedia Commons

Zones 3-7
Full shade, partial shade
3-6’ H x 5-7’ W 
Blooming Time: Early spring
Growth Rate: Medium
Purchase here!

Why this plant? 

Ferns are a great option if you have a moist area under your pine tree, which can sometimes happen. I love using the Ostrich Fern under pine trees that are “limbed up.” This just means that the bottom branches of the pine tree are cut to provide more height between the ground and where the branches start. 

While they need a bit more height under the pine tree, their vase shape and unique foliage will really add interest to your shady garden bed. 

Native to temperate regions of North America, Europe and northern Asia.

Jacob’s Ladder                                

Polemonium reptans

Zones 3-8
Full sun, partial shade
1-3’ H x 1-2’ W
Blooming Time: Late spring to early summer, for 2 to 4 weeks
Growth Rate: Medium
Purchase here!

Why this plant? 

The small blue flowers and fern-like foliage give your landscape a picture-perfect look. Anytime you can rely on foliage instead of just the flower bloom, it means you have a winning plant choice on your hands! 

In fact, this is a huge focus in my Design Your 4-Season Garden course! I teach all about how to combine foliage and texture together for a garden that looks great in every single season, not just the short amount of time that most flowers will bloom.

Jacob’s ladder is native to Quebec, eastern Ontario and most of the eastern US, west to Minnesota, Oklahoma and Mississippi.

Wild Geranium                          

Geranium cantabrigiense karmina flowering plants with buds, group of ornamental pink cranesbill flowers in bloom and buds in the garden, green leaves and stems,
Geranium maculatum

Zones 3-8
Full sun, partial shade
1.25-2’ H x 1-1.25’ W
Blooming time: Late spring to early summer, for 4 weeks
Growth Rate: Medium
Purchase here!

Why this plant? 

Wild geranium is a real workhorse in the garden that requires very little care and will spread to cover the area under your pine tree without being too aggressive. It tolerates a wide range of conditions, making it a great problem-solver, especially for under pine trees. 

In the spring, you’ll be rewarded with pink to lilac blooms that will attract pollinators looking for an early season source of nectar!

Wild geranium is native to the woodlands of eastern North America, from southern Ontario to Georgia and west to eastern Oklahoma and the eastern part of the Dakotas.

Wild Columbine

Plants for under pine trees wild columbine
Aquilegia canadensis

Zones 3-8
Full sun, partial shade
2-3’ H x 1-1.5’ W
Blooming Time: Spring through early summer, for 4 to 6 weeks
Growth Rate: Medium
Purchase here!

Why This Plant?

For a touch of magic in your landscape, use the beautiful Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis), a native North American woodland plant. You’ll love its fancy, drooping spurred red and yellow flowers.

Unlike common columbine (Aquilegia vulgaris) which is Native to Europe and has escaped cultivation in parts of North America, Eastern red columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) is a native to eastern North America.

‘Wild Rose’ Coral Bells            

Plants for under pine trees heuchera 'wild rose' coral bells
Heuchera PRIMO ‘Wild Rose’

Zones 4-9
Full shade, partial shade
8-10” H x 18-20” W
Blooming Time: Mid-summer, for 4 to 6 weeks
Growth Rate: Medium
Purchase here!

Why this plant? 

‘Wild Rose’ is one of my favorite heuchera varieties to grow under pine trees because the berry colored foliage will stand out against the lighter colored pine needles. In the summer, you’ll also be blessed with small, pale pink flowers. Any light colored bloom like this will really shine under the shade of your pine tree.

Wild Rose is a cultivar of heuchera, which is native from southern Ontario to Georgia and west from Nebraska to Louisiana. 

‘Nikko’ Slender Deutzia

Plants for under pine trees nikko slender deutzia
Deutzia gracilis ‘Nikko’

Zones 5-8
Full sun, partial shade
1.5-2’ H x 3.5’ W
Blooming Time: Late spring to early summer, for 1 to 2 weeks
Growth Rate: Medium
Purchase here!

Why this plant? 

There’s something really special about using bright whites in a shady area of your garden and ‘Nikko’ Slender snowdrops are no exception. The bluish-green leaves provide a dark backdrop that makes the white flowers pop. The blooms also have a delicate honeyed/almond scent. And in the fall, you’ll be rewarded by deep burgundy foliage, making it a great option for multi-season interest in your landscape.

Native to Central and Southern Japan.

Best Groundcovers to Plant Under Pine Trees

Groundcovers can create a lush carpet of foliage on the ground of your garden – but a lot of groundcovers need full sun. Here are some groundcovers that will still grow under the shade of a pine tree:

  • Creeping Phlox
  • Sweet Woodruff
  • Persian Violet
  • Barren Strawberry
  • Bearberry
  • Wild Ginger
  • Bugleweed 
  • USA Pachysandra
  • Bunchberry

Here’s some more info on my favorite groundcover plants that do well under pine trees:

Allegheny Spurge                    

Plants for under pine trees allegheny spurge
Pachysandra procumbens

Zones 3-8
Full shade, partial shade
8-12” H x 12” W
Blooming Time: Early spring, for 3 to 4 weeks
Growth Rate: Slow
Purchase here!

Why this plant? 

The pachysandra you are probably most familiar with is native to Japan (Pachysandra terminalis) and is very invasive. But this little known gem, Pachysandra Procumbens (aka Allegheny Spurge, Mountain Spurge), is actually a North American native plant that’s much less aggressive. You can expect it to stay evergreen all winter in warmer climates (Zone 6 and up).

If you can get your hands on it, you’ll enjoy a wildlife and eco-friendly groundcover for under your pine tree. In the early-mid spring, it blooms with bottlebrush-shaped creamy flowers with a tinge of pink, which are found on the stems below the leaves. and give off a lovely cinnamon-clove scent. 

Native to woodlands in the Southern Appalachian region, ranging as far north as Southern Indiana but mostly found in Kentucky, Tennessee & North Carolina, south to Mississippi and Georgia.

Wild Ginger                           

plants for under pine trees allegheny spurge
Asarum canadense

Zones 3-8
Full shade, partial shade
1’ H x 1-2’ W 
Blooming Time: Early to late spring, for 3 to 4 weeks
Growth Rate: Medium
Purchase here!

Why this plant? 

There are not many plants that actually prefer acidic soils in heavy shade… but wild ginger is one of them!

Wild Ginger keeps its beautiful heart-shaped foliage throughout the season, making it a good companion to spring ephemerals that go dormant after they bloom. Its spreading habit is particularly great for fending off other invasives like garlic mustard.

Please note that Wild Ginger tends to prefer soil with heavy moisture. This may mean extra watering since the soil around pine trees is typically very dry.

Native throughout the eastern half of the United States. 

‘Massachusetts’ Kinnikinnick                        

plants for under pine trees kinnikinnick massachusetts red bearberry
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi ‘Massachusetts’

Zones 2-6
Full sun, partial shade
1’ H x 8-10’ W
Blooming Time: Flowers in summer for 4 to 6 weeks, berries in late summer to mid-winter
Growth Rate: Medium
Purchase here!

Why this plant? 

This is a broadleaf evergreen groundcover that’s extremely cold hardy (to Zone 2).

In the spring, you’ll get pretty pink flowers with glossy, yellow-green foliage. In the fall, the foliage turns reddish purple and red berries begin to grow and attract birds! And, because it’s evergreen, you’ll even have a carpet of foliage to look at through the cold winter months. The berries also tend to last through the cold months and provide food to wildlife during the scarcest time of the year. This groundcover has interest for every single season!

‘Massachusets’ Kinnikinnick doesn’t like fertilizer and is drought tolerant once established, so it will do very well in the harsh conditions under a pine tree. 

It’s native in North America south to the mountains of Virginia, California, Arizona and New Mexico, with isolated populations in the mountains of Guatemala in Central America.

Sweet Woodruff                          

Galium odoratum

Zones 4-9
Full shade, partial shade
6-12” H x 6-12” W
Blooming Time: Late spring to early summer, for 3 to 4 weeks
Growth Rate: Medium
Purchase here!

Why this plant? 

Anytime you can add white blooms to a shady area, you have a winning plant on your hands. The softness of tiny white flowers under the shade of a pine is so elegant and charming! Sweet woodruff is a beautiful groundcover to place under pine trees. In my experience, this groundcover stays well-controlled when in a shady area. It also has beautiful, bright green foliage that will stand out in the shade. 

Native to northern and central Europe and North Africa.

‘Rocky Road Magenta’ Creeping Phlox                       

plants for under pine trees rocky road magenta creeping phlox
Phlox ‘Rocky Road Magenta’

Zones 4-8
Full Sun
0.5’ H x 2-3’ W
Blooming Time: Spring, for 3 to 4 weeks
Growth Rate: Medium
Purchase here!

Why this plant? 

This North American native spreads quickly and covers the area under your pine tree. I love the rich, deep pink blooms of Rocky Road Magenta – they would contrast so nicely with a carpet of light brown pine needles. While it doesn’t bloom for an extensive amount of time, you’ll look forward to this lush carpet of blooms under your pine tree each spring. 

Native to the eastern United States in Maine and Vermont and from New York west to Ohio and south to Alabama

Best Shrubs to Plant Under Pine Trees

Shrubs are woody perennials that almost look like short trees (or tall bushes). These are a few shrubs that do well under pine trees:

  • Weigela
  • Heathers
  • Hydrangea
  • Azalea
  • Rhododendron
  • Northern Blueberries
  • Holly 
  • Gardenia
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Dogwood
  • Camellia

Here’s a little more about some of my favorite shrubs that will grow under pine trees:

Wine & Roses® Weigela                             

Plants for Under Pine Trees Weigela florida 'Alexandra'
Weigela florida ‘Alexandra’ 

Zones 4-8
Full sun
4-5’ H x 4-5’ W
Blooming Time: Spring, for 8 weeks
Growth Rate: Medium
Purchase here!

Why this plant? 

Wine & Roses® Weigela has reddish-burgundy foliage and vibrant pink flowers that bloom all spring (and again in summer). This shrub also attracts butterflies and hummingbirds and has a beautiful mounding habit. What’s not to love?

Weigela florida ‘Alexandra’ is native to northern China, Korea and Japan.

‘Soft Touch’ Japanese Holly                                 

plants under pine trees soft touch japanese holly
Ilex crenata ‘Soft Touch’

Zones 5-9
Full sun
2-3’ H x 2-3’ W
Blooming Time: Year-round green foliage with berries in from mid-fall through winter
Growth Rate: Fast
Purchase here!

Why this plant? 

Soft touch is an evergreen holly shrub that’s a great alternative to the boxwood. These hollies will do well in the acidic soil under your pine tree, while providing a stunning backdrop to some of the other flowering plants on this list. 

This is a cultivar of Ilex Crenata, Japanese Holly, which is native to Japan and east Asia.

White Rhododendron                              

plants for under pine trees white rhododendron
Rhododendron catawbiense Album

Zones 4-8
Full sun, partial sun
4-5’ H x 4-5’ W
Blooming Time: Summer, for 3 to 7 months (depending on geographic location)
Growth Rate: Medium
Purchase here!

Why this plant? 

This rhododendron is a broadleaf evergreen with white flowers that will give your garden bed a classic, traditional style. Incorporating white blooms to a shady area of your landscape will always brighten up the space and this is no exception. Plus, the evergreen foliage (very cold-hardy to Zone 4) will form a nice backdrop for other flowering plants. 

Native to the Northern Hemisphere with high concentrations in western China, the Himalayas and Myanmar (Burma).

Autumn Amethyst Encore® Azalea                        

plants for under pine trees autumn amethyst encore azalea
Rhododendron ‘Conlee’

Zones 6-10
Full sun, partial sun
3-4’ H x 3-4’ W
Blooming Time: Spring, summer and fall, for 4 to 6 months
Growth Rate: Medium
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Why this plant? 

A nice compact size, beautiful pinkish-purple blooms, Autumn Amethyst is a beautiful evergreen azalea. It blooms in the spring and continues to bloom through summer and fall. Its green foliage turns purple in winter for year round color and interest under your pine trees. It’s also the most cold hardy of the Encore Azalea® collection (to zone 6), heat tolerant and disease resistant. 

Encore® azaleas are evergreen, cultivar shrubs in the Ericaceae (heath) family, which are widespread in North and South America, Eurasia and Africa.

Quick Fire® Hydrangea Shrub                          

Quickfire Panicle Hydrangea Form
Quickfire (Hydrangea paniculata) Photo by Jim Robbins CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
Quickfire Panicle Hydrangea Bloom
Quickfire (Hydrangea paniculata) Photo by Jim Robbins CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Zones 3-8
Full sun, partial sun
6-10’ H x 4-5’ W
Blooming Time: Spring, summer and early fall, for 3 to 4 months
Growth Rate: Slow
Purchase here!

Why this plant? 

Quick Fire® hydrangea blooms up to one month earlier than other panicle hydrangeas and keeps blooming just as long! Its lace cap-style blooms change with the seasons from pure white in early summer, to blush pink, to deep rose in fall. The green foliage also changes in the fall – turning gold and burgundy!

Hydrangea paniculata species is native to southern and eastern China, Korea, Japan and Russia.

If you’re looking for a hydrangea variety native to North America, try Hydrangea quercifolia (the oakleaf hydrangea) and Hydrangea arborescens (the smooth hydrangea).

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Growing Plants Under Pine Trees

Why do so few plants grow under pine trees?

The root system of pine trees is very shallow, meaning the roots extend laterally rather than deeper into the ground. This means that any plants near the pine roots would be competing for nutrients from the same soil. It’s also very shady and dry under pine trees and most plants like moisture and sun. Lastly, the soil under pine trees tends to be too acidic for most plants due to the acidity in the fallen pine needles. This is why it’s best to look for specific plants that can tolerate these conditions.

Changing soil acidity under pine trees – does it work?

In my opinion, no. The acidity from the fallen pine needles is going to keep the soil at a more acidic level. It’s possible to keep testing the pH and modifying the soil to reduce the acidity, but instead of creating more work for yourself, I recommend simply choosing plants that thrive in more acidic soil.

Will hostas grow under pine trees?

Yes! Hostas love shade and slightly acidic soil. They do prefer a moist environment however, so I recommend a good watering schedule, as well as mulching around the hostas every spring to lock in moisture. I also suggest adding some organic matter like compost and leaf mold to the soil, since the hostas and the pine will be competing for nutrients.

Will daylilies grow under pine trees?

Yes, daylilies will grow under pine trees. Their roots are not very deep, so they aren’t affected much by the shallow roots of the pines. However, daylilies do prefer full sun. They will still grow in shade and offer beautiful foliage and flowers but will not reach their full potential like they would in full sunlight.

Will peonies grow under pine trees?

No, peonies aren’t a good option for under pine trees. Even though they can tolerate the acidity, they really need full sun and VERY fertile soil. The shade of pine trees and the shallow roots soaking up nutrients is not ideal for peonies.

How do you grow lawn grass under pine trees?

Growing lawn grass under pine trees is difficult and requires a lot of maintenance. You would have to find shade-tolerant grass that’s designed for your geographic location and ensure lots of fertilizing and watering. You would also have to regularly rake up the pine needles, otherwise they’d kill the grass. 

To save yourself all that extra work, I’d recommend choosing a different groundcover for under pine trees. There are a lot of great groundcovers listed in this article that thrive under pines!

Wrapping Up

There you have it friends! A comprehensive list of beautiful bulbs, groundcovers, perennials and shrubs that will survive AND THRIVE under pine trees! These are plants that can tolerate the acidic soil, the competition for nutrients and the shade provided by the mighty pine.

When designing a garden under pine trees, be sure to select plants that will survive in these conditions. Consider adding lots of different textures and plant forms to make it an interesting space to look at.

If you’re ready to start thinking about how to design your very own secret garden from start to finish, check out my Design Your 4-Season Garden Course. I’ll take you step-by-step through my simple & fun process for creating the 4-season garden of your dreams!

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