Answer: Since the area beside your deck only gets sun in the late afternoon, you can experiment with plants that prefer partial shade. Try herbaceous perennials such as astilbe, Mertensia (blue flowers), columbine, and brunnera (blue flowers), and shrubs- Clethra, Boxwood (smells great!), and Mountain Laurel. Be sure to include some shrubs because they will give your garden structure. The area under your deck will only be appropriate for plants that tolerate full shade-Ivy is a good choice. Ask your local nursery for more ideas.
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