Opt for Japanese blood grass to achieve an Asian-themed garden. It's easy to care for and grows quickly. The bright red to burgundy leaves complement the ginkgo tree's green or yellow foliage.
Plant Japanese forest grass for low-maintenance ground cover in shaded areas. It needs well-drained, humus-rich soil with regular watering and mulching, and comes in green to yellow leaves. Try Albostriata or Benizake varieties for added color near the ginkgo tree.
Try vine maple for a low-maintenance, deer-resistant shrub under your ginkgo tree. Its leaves turn orange or red in the fall, and it grows well in moist, humus-rich, and well-drained soil. Vine maple is a western North American native that can also grow into small to medium-sized trees.
Chameleon plant is a colorful, low-maintenance vine that grows well under partial shade. Its leaves and flowers add color to your garden and also control soil erosion. But it grows fast, so plant it in containers. Try it with ginkgo trees on sidewalks or center road blocks.
Add hosta plants for greenery with varying textures and sizes, and flowers that attract hummingbirds and pollinators. They prefer dappled or deep shade and well-drained soil. Remember to raise them in preparation for winter.
Ferns are a great match for ginkgo trees, as they're also resilient and adaptable. With around 20,000 species to choose from, any fern will thrive with a ginkgo tree and work well as groundcover. Clumping species like holly or osmunda ferns are a good option to control growth.
Ginkgo trees are ancient and slow-growing, but can live for thousands of years. They thrive in harsh conditions and can tolerate air pollution and soil acidity. The tree has fan-shaped leaves that turn yellow in autumn and prefers full sun and partial shade. It grows in USDA hardiness zones 3 to 8.
Ginkgo trees prefer moist, sandy, and well-drained soil, but can tolerate acidic, alkaline, or compacted soils, making them popular in urban areas. When planting under the tree, match the soil type to the existing ginkgo tree.