Tree Care Tips: Planting Flowers and Shrubs

Planting around street trees and yard trees is recommended if done carefully, however, aggressive flowers and shrubs compete with the tree for limited resources. Find out more about what to plant – and what to avoid – within a tree bed.

Guidelines for Planting Vegetation in Street Tree Pits

What to Plant


Bulbs are a nice addition to greenstreets and tree pits, and are great for fall planting activities. Many Bulbs will return each spring, bringing color to your neighborhood. They are both affordable and easy to plant.

Plants for the Sun, Good for newly planted trees

Annuals (plants that live only one year):

Native Annuals:

Perennials (plants that live for more than one year):

Native Perennials:

Plants for the Shade, Good for newly established trees



Native Perennials: