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!

Zones5 - 9
Easy To Grow
Light Requirements
Full Shade
Annual Rainfall
20 to 30"
30 to 40"
40 to 50"
Mature HeightLamium maculatum Orchid Frost: 4-6" tall;
Ajuga reptans Black Scallop: 4-6" tall;
Festuca Siskiyou Blue: 15-16" tall;
Mature SpreadLamium maculatum Orchid Frost: 15-18" wide;
Ajuga reptans Black Scallop: 12-15" wide;
Festuca Siskiyou Blue: 15" wide;
Bloom TimeLate spring to early summer
ShippingNo longer available this season. Learn More…
SizeGarden of 15 Plants

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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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! 

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

Size of this garden may vary depending on the size of the tree trunk it is planted around. 

More Information
Item Package Size
Garden of 15 Plants
Common Name
Under-A-Tree Pre-Planned Garden for Shade
Botanical Name
Under-A-Tree Garden For Shade
5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Full Shade
Flower Color
Pink, Blue, Silver, Mixed
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
Soil Type
Average Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Amount Of Rain
20 to 30", 30 to 40", 40 to 50"
Easy To Grow
Ideal Region
Anywhere In The US, Northeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Ships To Canada
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.

No longer available this season.

As soon as your order is placed you will receive a confirmation email. You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Some perennials are shipped as potted plants, some as perennial roots packed in peat.  The ‘Plant Information’ section describes how that item will ship. All perennials and spring-planted bulbs are packaged to withstand shipping and are fully-guaranteed. Please open upon receipt and follow the instructions included.

Perennials and spring-planted bulbs are shipped at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennial and spring-planted bulb orders will arrive separately from seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our shipping information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (800) 925-9387 or contact us by email.

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