Posted: 08/01/2015 at 16:41
What about planting the bed with a selection of interesting ferns, interspersed with Cyclamen coum and Cyclamen hederafolium. The cyclamen will flower in the autumn and winter. In the spring you'll get the interesting new fern fronds unfurling like Bishop's croziers, and in the summer you'll have the fully fledged ornamental ferns with the lovely creamy flowers of the hydrangea on the wall above them.
It'll all look very elegant.
Some snowdrops might look gorgous there too