I want to plant some groundcovers under a maple tree this year. Please suggest some low shrubs or groundcovers that would be able to “share” moisture and nutrients with the maple while living under its canopy.
There are a number of perennial groundcovers that will take both shade and reduced moisture from tree roots. All of these plants will require supplemental moisture until they are established. Suggested plants are: barrenwort (Epimedium), Lamium, Liriope, Corydalis, Aegopodium, Bergenia, and Pachysandra.