Shady area---not much will grow---what can I do?
I am in the process of deciding what to do with the back part of my yard. As discussed in another thread, I'm considering a hedge of hydrangeas (I'm thinking annabelle at the moment) along the fence which is about 4 ft. high. My dilemma is how to incorporate that hedge into some sort of beds on the side. The problem is that on both sides I have magnolia trees that hang down quite a bit (which I like) and shade the corner so much that grass doesn't even grow there. Right now the left side (see first pic) is a mess of weeds (mostly archangel lamium that must have creeped in from my neighbor's yard.)
I like pachysandra quite a bit (anything associated with old english gardens...boxwood, roses, etc.) and wouldn't mind a patch of it there, but would it look silly---just this huge patch of pachysandra? It's quite large... I think filling it with hosta would be expensive... what other types of low shrubs would grow in that much shade?
Any design ideas? Thanks so much! btw I'm in zone 5b