Planting shrubs near tree with surface roots. Is this doable?!

Maggie Caglia
5 months ago

To the right of deck I’d like to create a 5’ wide bed including shrubs (5 Ilex, winterberries) & perennials that do well in dry/shade. However there is a large River Birch with intense surface roots (please zoom in to see roots). Unsure if plants will grow successfully here b/c of exposed tree roots. I will be installing lattice & really want to plant shrubs in the ground to hide the lattice. Is this possible with the exposed roots?

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