I'm looking for suggestions for facer(?) shrubs to mask the base of my yews. I will border these facers with either hostas or impatiens.
The area is full shade, east facing wall on a mature tree lined street. I'd like something more formal in appearance meaning more compact and tidy. Deciduous is fine.
I was thinking Itea Little Henry as it has a nice "mounded" shape, but mine is in full sun next to a fountain where it gets a lot of moisture. I've read they do well in full shade though I've no experience with this. Blooming would be a plus, but I'm looking for more of an overall contrast to the backdrop of yews to give my foundation plantings more depth and interest. Right now it screams cookie cutter and I'm trying to change it up a bit.
Is there a compact spirea that might work well here?
Any other suggestions?