Posted: 12/07/2013 at 10:09
Epimedium, has sprays of small flowers in spring, but grown mostly for foliage. Hosta, again leafy but some have lovely flowers - watch out for slugs. Brunnera Jack Frost, sprays of Forget-me-not like flowers in Spring or early summer, pretty frosted leaves that get bigger when flowers have died down. Pulmonaria, pretty flowers in spring (again!) and different chices of leaves. Lamium, but be careful which, some can be rampant. Cyclamen hederifolium flower in autumn and have very pretty leaves that last until the following late spring. I planted a few corms under a tree a few years ago and now there a lots, carpet of pretty pink flowers. I have "London Pride" a saxifrage, under that tree (deciduous) as well.