Please help me figure out what to plant here! (Pictures)
In the picture: Left of what I usually refer to as "the ugly mounds of dirt" on either side of the steps of the side-porch. I'm having a very tough time finding something that will grow there. I tried Lily of the Valley (which after researching, everyone seemed to warn that it would take over) and it seemed to do O.K., until my dog decided to lie on top of them/trample them daily. So my plan is to built up the mounds 1-2 inches with 3 year old manure (which I have in a large supply, since this is a farm house) and try the LOV again, and try and keep my dog out of it....unless someone has a better suggestion? It's shady and acidic no thanks to the pine trees. I usually put black mulchh in the rock border around the trees, since I have always been pretty sure nothing would grow that close to them.
Here is a link that might be useful: