Posted: 01/05/2013 at 22:03
Theres no better grass for,shade than acorus ogon. Yellow, tough and evergreen. However, plant hackanochloa. This is truly lovely. another beautiful yellow grass is Bowles golden grass....yellow stems, leaves and flowers. Mine are just beginning to flower now
Astrantias and astilbes as well as hostas will do well there....lovely contrast to ferns and grasses. Heucheras ESP the yellow varieties will do well there. For summer colour pop in some busy lizzies....they will love it there. Arum lily is spectacular in the shade.....white spathes will light up that area during summer.
For ferns look,out for the Japanese painted fern...Athyrium. I grow one called Ursulas red.....silvery grey leaves with red stems and veins. Stunning thing.
Some shrubs for shade..hydrangea, skimmia and sarcoccoca.
am sure others will pile in with other suggestions but you can make a very classy border there Jason