Posted: 08/03/2015 at 19:24
I've got a longish fairly dry (my soil is very poor and free draining but I mulch)shady border and I've found that the following have done well for many years. Epimidiums, small dicentras, geranium oxianums, iris foetidus, amemone japonica 'September Charm' (be careful as good soil and moisture and it will run like Linford Christie!), any vincas, euonymus (these really light up a shady corner, are good under shrubs and totally care free),cyclamen neopolitanum (will spread like wildfire) and tiarella cordifolia. I also have big shrubs like ilex, viburnum tinus, mahonia aquifolium, osmanthus heterifolium, Kerria japonica and several rambling roses as well as a clematis Perle d'Azur right at the back that rarely sees water or food and is cut down to about 1 foot each spring yet every year it climbs through the kerria, osmanthus and into a crab apple 'Red Sentinel' and is covered with the most beautiful big lavender blue flowers for weeks. Breathtaking!!