Answer: To be honest, I can't think of a thing that would do what you want in a truly symmetrical way. A sun tolerant variety of hosta would be one of the few plants that might tolerate both sets of conditions. Another possibility would be alow growing or creeping thyme, which although generally considered to be a sun lover will also tolerate some shade. Along those lines, you might try some type of sedum -- there are many sizes and types available. Finally, you might try English ivy, perhaps in one of its more diminutive forms and see how that does. This does not flower, but the variegated forms can be quite colorful. The problem with the area is not just the hot sun, but also the competition from the maple roots for water and nutrients (as well as the crown cutting down on rain and sunlight) on the shady side. Good luck with your project!
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