Designing Around Pines

pines(Typical Pinus taeda woods)

 In central North Carolina a common plant found in the landscape is the Pinus taeda or Loblolly pine.  These native trees are found throughout the woods, and in many clients’ properties.  With their tall stature, short branching, and seasonal shedding, pines create a unique environment for gardeners.   Read on to learn about my favorite plant combination with pines.

Azaleas, Hydrangeas, and Ferns

pink fern

(Pines underplanted with azaleas and a combination of hydrangeas and ferns)

In areas without deer I love to plant a mix of azaleas, hydrangeas, and ferns underneath the dappled shade of pines.  Azaleas provide evergreen interest and spring blooming, which is followed up by the emergence of fern fronds and the summer blooming of hydrangeas.  All of these plants grow well in a part sun/part shade environment, and are large enough to stand up to the needles shed by pines every fall.

Interested in adding plants to the pine woods on your property?  Contact Bright Leaf Landscaping at 919-475-1015 or fill out our online contact form.  Design and installation are our expertise, and we are always happy to meet with new clients to discuss potential projects!