Q: We have a Bradford pear tree in the front yard and grass does not grow under it. What would suggest I put there for color instead of a pine straw island?
A: You have lots of choices! Some of my favorites include fatsia, Japanese painted fern, variegated Solomon’s seal, hosta, Lenten rose, Italian arum, ajuga, and caladium. I have a bigger list at bit.ly/shadeplants.