Under-A-Tree Pre-Planned Garden for Shade



The Under-A-Tree Pre-Planned Garden offers a quick solution to that shady, bare area typically found under a tree. This garden is a collection of two colorful, easy-to-grow groundcovers and a shade-tolerant ornamental grass that will add texture. This garden comes with an expertly designed garden planting map and planting and care instructions, assuring your success. Save $15 off the single plant price of $137.85!

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Zones 5 - 9
Easy to grow
Light Requirements
Full Shade
Full Shade
Annual Rainfall
20 to 30"
30 to 40"
40 to 50"
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
Shipping Buy now and we'll ship your order during the ideal planting time for your region. Orders with this item will begin shipping the week of Feb. 29 and continue through mid-June. Expected ship week will display at checkout after you enter your zip code. More shipping info. Learn More…


The Under-A-Tree Pre-Planned Garden offers a quick and easy solution for filling in the shady, bare area under a tree with colorful blooms. This garden is a collection of two colorful and easy to grow groundcovers with a shade tolerant, ornamental grass that adds texture, completing the look. This garden comes with an expertly designed map and planting instructions to make this project a breeze! Save $15 off the single plant price of $137.85

Included in this garden are 6 plants each of: Lamium maculatum Orchid Frost and Ajuga reptans Black Scallop and 3 of Festuca Siskiyou Blue.

We reserve the right to substitute a plant with similar attributes. We recommend planting with Yum Yum Mix and Root Stimulator Combo Pack for the best results.

Botanical Name Under-A-Tree Garden For Shade
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Shade
Flower Color Pink, Blue, Mixed, Silver
Mature Height Lamium maculatum Orchid Frost: 4-6" tall; Ajuga reptans Black Scallop: 4-6" tall; Festuca Siskiyou Blue: 15-16" tall;
Mature Spread Lamium maculatum Orchid Frost: 15-18" wide; Ajuga reptans Black Scallop: 12-15" wide; Festuca Siskiyou Blue: 15" wide;
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Average Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture Average
Amount of Rain 20 to 30", 30 to 40", 40 to 50"
Advantages Easy to grow
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US, Northeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Planting and Caring for Pre-Planned Gardens & Collections

Soil Preparation: Remember that proper soil preparation is the key to healthy, vigorous blooming perennials. Use Yum Yum Mix and a high quality compost at recommended rates to prepare the soil. Inoculate the plant roots with Plant Success mycorrhizal inoculant. Planting: Plant according to the mature size of the plant. Don’t be tempted to put the plants too close based on their size in the pots. They’ll grow quickly and cover the space shown in the planting map. (Maps included only with Pre-Planned Gardens, not Collections.)

Fertilizing: Once annually in mid-fall, after plants begin to go dormant. Use Yum Yum Mix or Yum Yum Mix Winterizer at recommended rates to improve the soil and provide essential plant nutrients.Use it with high quality compost, mix half and half by volume and spread on top of the soil. Scratch it in lightly and water thoroughly. It is also beneficial to treat the plant roots with Plant Success® mycorrhizal root inoculant if you didn’t do so at planting time. (Inoculation only needs to be done once.)

Mulching: In arid climates mulching is very beneficial. Coarse textured composts, shredded leaves, pine needles and composted bark are all excellent mulch materials. Apply to a depth of 1-2 inches. Replenish annually (or as needed).

View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.


Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Expected ship week will display on the cart at checkout after you enter your zip code. Spring-Planted Perennial and Bulb orders will ship from Feb 25 through mid-June, warmest zones first.

Most plant and bulb orders arrive within 2-6 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses in Colorado. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

Grass Plugs Will ship at planting time in spring, beginning in late February.

Wildflower Seed & Grass Seed Orders ship within 2-3 days.

Standard shipping costs are $4.99 and up, depending on the size of the order.

Make Fast Even Faster: For ‘Rush’ same week delivery, please call customer service at 800-925-9387.

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      Comments about High Country Gardens Under-A-Tree Pre-Planned Garden for Shade:

      I was on the High Country Garden site because of my interest in the Dog Tuff grass and noticed the preplanned gardens they offer. As a new gardener with a challenging space I thought I'd try this collection in an area where grass hasn't done well under a tree. OMG the Orchid Frost just took off and is already blooming - I love looking out my window at this grouping. The Black Scallop is very showy but slower growing. Very happy with this purchse

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