Left fir > expanding the understory

by Rainbow Bobbins

This is the left fir tree – notice the dead grass around the base:
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I decided to expand the understory/planting area — more plants, less grass! Using the hose as a guide I outlined a semi-circle and covered the lawn with cardboard and paper bags.
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And filled the area with heavy clay soil from the veggie garden (which was replaced with a 4-way mix soil delivery from Mt. Scott Fuel). There is a lot of dirt getting moved around the yard right now. Wha-la! Below = excuse to buy more plants.
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Right now the area is dominated by rose campion which just put out its first flowers of the season and would happily take over the yard.
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I relocated and regrouped the ugly pottery collection in this area:
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And planted an Oregon Grape that I picked up a Portland Nursery a few weeks ago – Mahonia aquifolium – which I’m hoping will be a backdrop to the rose campion and eventually block the view of the compost bins.
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I have my eye on a fern I am thinking of transplanting to this area and will be adding epimedium, hostas…maybe a hardy fushia. I am still learning what will grow under these fir trees. Any suggestions? Would it be a bad idea to plant Bishop’s Weed?

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