Answer: To some extent the answer depends on what type of landscaping effect you hope to achieve and on the type of soil you have and whether or not it tends to be moist or dry. You could certainly use a shade tolerant groundcover such as pachysandra, Vinca minor, or hedera helix. Or you could use shade loving perennials such as hosta, heuchera, hellebores, pulmonaria and epimedium. Or you could use native plants such as ferns, Solomon's Seal and Virginia Bluebells for a more woodland effect. I hope this gives you some ideas to consider.
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