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Hello ,
My name is Marie ( Ree). I live in Southern New Jersey right across the Delaware River from Philadelphia. I have a question( problem) that i was hoping can be answered here. I want to let you know that i am so grateful that i came across the group and look forward to getting to know you all, helping some of you if i can and getting the help i need to make my garden thrive. Thank you!
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Ok...my question/problem is.....We built a really nice small space next to our deck with beautiful river rocks and put in wonderful topsoil and planted a bunch of flowers and everything died. someone told me it is because i planted them under our Cedar Tree.....now when i say under , it is directly underneath but the trees are huge so the garden gets all morning and a good part of the afternoon with full sun. Can anyone help me with this problem...is there anything i can plant under cedar that will grow.
I guess i should tell you that the very end of the garden that does not sit direclty under the cedar thrived with the same plants we have in the rest of the spot.....they were sunflowers and geraniums and morning glories.
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Ree


I am a happily married mother of 5. A SAHM that works here for our plumbing business. I am the Philly area coordinator for Project Children ( projectchildren.com) and have been a host mother for the org. for 8 yrs. We bring children from N. Ireland to the US for 4 weeks every summer. I am 100% of Irish descent by blood.
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Might be a problem with the soil and not the cedar tree itself. You should get a cheap soil tester to find out.


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By cedar, could you be referring to eastern Red Cedar, which is a juniper, under which garden plants don't grow very well. I mulch my flower border with shredded cedar ( arborvitae,or thuja) and it simply thrives, particularly the peonies.

Asters do well up against an arborvitae at the side of my house.

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neko brings up what I was going to say... most things called Cedars are not true Cedrus (the botanical genus of true cedars). Thefore as with all things the first step is to assure the correct name of the plant in question... if you are not sure what the tree is if you post a pic we could help with that. Hope tis is of some assistance, happy gardening!

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under most evergreen conifers if you plant any acid loving shade plant it should do well, like a bracken fern or a nice ground covering moss

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I grew lilirope under mine,a sand verbenia,vinca vine(which can take sun)had some containers set under against trunk between the lilirope& tree& gardeniasome southern sheild fern.It was mostly shaded...till a hurricane came.now the trunks cut in half and both are part of the garden.the other one....it looks like palm tree made out of juniper(its what type of Cedar mine we're)I use to hang my shaded hanging plants from the branches(dislocated refugees)now they sport colored bottles& vines.
I wouldn't think would be the cedar,my problem was always the shadedness but have lost one and the other had damage to most of the lower branches.so my sun increased.I still have some of the same plants now under same cedar(whats left of it)are 4 pms now& larkspur a yellow mum(its engulfed so don't see in spring,but can in fall)

I'd check the soil or add more ammendments and try some annuals.pictures always help too.I can't believe MG would fail.I had the wild perienal one down here growing in shade under mine on fishingline to cover the trunk.it could be your tree is sucking all the nutrition out of ground from your plants.


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