Question From: G. Foucher - Sarasota, Florida, United States
Q: I have a problem with plantings not doing well when planted near my magnolia tree. Do magnolia trees affect other plantings nearby and if so, what low shrubs or flowers can I plant between 6- 15 feet from the tree? The area has direct sun and shade during the day in Sarasota, Florida.
The only effect the tree has on the shrub might be competition for water and sun. Full sun plants need 6 hours or more direct sun a day. Part shade plant do with 4 hours. I live in Michigan so can't recommend plants for Fla. Take photos and visit a good local independent garden center that sells shrubs for advice. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy