Keep it Simple
When you have a beautiful small tree like this Japanese maple, there’s no sense overdoing it when it comes to landscaping. A little goes a long way in terms of companion plants. Notice the beautiful simplicity of the ferns when paired against the burgundy maple.
Speaking of Simplicity
For a slightly different take on keeping it simple when landscaping around trees, try a groundcover monoculture. This vinca vine, also called periwinkle or myrtle, has beautiful violet blue flowers in spring and easy-care, glossy green foliage all summer long. It spreads easily by underground runners, but is not invasive. Here are 11 more easy-to-grow plants for shade.