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Gary Hobson

I have climbing roses growing through apple trees, and also honeysuckle.

That works, though you need to ensure that the particular climbing plant is not too vigourous for the tree. Clematis ought to work well too.

If attempting to grow low growing plants beneath a tree, then you'd need to bear in mind that the ground beneath a tree is likely to be shaded, and also relatively dry - so that's not such a good idea, IMO.


I wouldn't for the summer months when the tree needs water-but would grow spring flowering bulbs to come up from now onwards-these take little from the soil and die back by June.

Gary Hobson
sotongeoff wrote (see)

... spring flowering bulbs ....

Spring bulbs is a good idea - you could grow daffodils in the grass.


I have daffodils and crocus under fruit trees.


Dovefromabove wrote (see)

Any particular reason Jon?

because it starts an arguement, like most trolls, this makes them feel better about their own pathetic lives.

Hi there,
I have an apple tree which I have just planted with daffodils, chives and tulips. Chives and daffodils help suppress grass and the chives can help against apple scab disease. The flowers will help draw in pollinators. I have also planted comfrey as these have a long taproot which draws up some great nutrients from the soil. There is also red clover, mints, thyme, yarrow, blackcurrant, honeyberry and a dwarf peach. I am trying out the forest layering system, and have found some great info online, as well as tetimonial of how well it works. The biggest mistake seems to be planting too close. Good luck!

chilli lover

We've got a mature apple tree in the garden and I've currently got snowdrops flowering under it. Soon, in the nearby area there will be Glory of the Snow, followed by bluebells and cowslips.  And that's my lot!

I love the sight of spring flowering bulbs under apple trees - one of the best gardening combinations. Primroses would be pretty too.

Under my cordons (Fruit) i have (I hope) nigella and cornflower - well i did last year and also snowdrops and tet a tete - more next year

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