Answer: A shady garden can be a delight, especially when planted with a variety of plants. Some shrubs to consider:
Indiancurrant coralberry (Symphoricarpos), compact cranberry viburnum (Viburnum opulus 'Compactum'), diervilla, Hydrangea macrophylla, boxwood, Euonymus fortunei (wintercreeper), Abelia, aronia, fothergilla and bayberry.
Don't forget groundcovers such as creeping myrtle, pachysandra and the various forms of English ivy.
Since this sounds like a large project, you might enjoy one of the classic books on
shade gardening, "The Complete Shade Gardener" by
George Schenk ISBN 0-395-36564-3 as well as a basic
book on gardening such as "Gardening for Dummies" by
Michael MacCaskey ISBN 1-56884-644-4.
There is a new catalog available devoted entirely to shade plants -- Shady Oaks Nursery,
PO Box 708, Waseca, MN, 56093-0708, ph#
800/504-8006 (catalog -- $4). Their photos will give you a
good idea of how to design your plantings. Enjoy!
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