Answer: Another possibility might be ferns, if it is quite shady. The Japanese painted fern has a delicate texture and brings in an exceptionally nice color contrast. Hostas would be another good combination and offer lots of textural and color options. They will do well in shade to part shade. Another possibility would be Vinca minor or periwinkle, a glossy evergreen with bright blue flowers in the spring. This one is the most tolerant of varying light conditions and might be the best choice if your planting is new and the tree is not very big yet.
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