Answer: There are a number of plants you might consider using as a ground cover. Sedums are good choices, as are Fragaria (ornamental strawberry), Ajuga and Vinca minor. Visit the garden center and I'll bet you'll find even more ideas. As for trees, consider the following:
Abies concolor (Cryptomeria japonica); x Cupressocyparis Leylandii (Leyland cypress); Ilex aquifolium x I. cornuta (?Nellie R. Stevens? holly); Ilex latifolia (Lusterleaf Holly); Ilex opaca (American Holly); Juniperus chinensis (Chinese juniper); Juniperus scopulorum (Rocky Mountain Juniper); Juniperus virginiana (Eastern Red Cedar); Magnolia grandiflora (Southern Magnolia); Magnolia virginiana (Sweet Bay Magnolia); Pinus strobus (Eastern White Pine); or Prunus caroliniana (Cherry laurel) will all grow well in your area.
Best wishes with your landscape!
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