Answer: When faced with that type of a location, it often makes more sense to look at sun loving plants which tolerate some shade and experiment with them, especially when your shade lovers are frying in midsummer. Here are some fairly tolerant plants to try: shorter varieties of daylily (hemerocallis), perennial geranium, purple coneflower, heuchera (coral bells), variegated liriope, various types of sedum and the annual, fibrous rooted bedding begonias. I'd give the daylilies another season to establish themselves. If they don't bloom next year, the area doesn't receive quite enough sunlight to make them happy. You can replant them to a sunnier spot if this is the case.
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