|Norway Maple stump 6 years after a native species |
restoration at Mount Auburn Cemetery
|Smooth Aster and Showy Goldenrod, |
both about 1/2 size of those
in other parts of the garden
|Male Fern, still green after a couple of frosts.|
In addition to using plants that are strong competitors that can get their share of moisture there are some maintenance practices that will help the understory plants. Limbing up and thinning the canopy to let in more sunlight has helped a lot. Also, new plants should be irrigated deeply to get them established as well as under droughty conditions (mid-summer). Returning leaf mulch to the understory area helps to build the soil.