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I live in Michigan ( zome 6a I think), and I'm planning on re-landscaping our front yard, which faces north. We took out the evergreen-type bushes, and I need suggestions for short trees that like part shade, and plants- from ground cover to flowering- that will thrive with only about 2 hours of sun in the evening! The dirt is kind of sandy, but we are going to add about 4 or 5 inches of topsoil to the entire bed (which is about 50 feet by 5).
Dicentra (both exima and standard)
GROUND COVER (some may be invasive in good soil--mine isnt!):
Ajuga (slow growing)
Lamium (White Nancy or Beacon Silver)
Pachysandra (variegated ones more interesting, less invasive)
There are a few I've probably forgotten, and many more I haven't tried. (Edited to correct spelling!)
Wow! Thanks for the suggestions! I have hostas, lily of the valley, and violets (coming out my ears!), but haven't tried most of what you suggested. It may be a few weeks before I go buying/planting, but I'll be sure to let you know how it goes!
As you can see from DonS's extensive listing, choices are boundless.
If you can think of more specific requirements, like flowers, or screening, or erosion control, fall color,
low maintenance, drought-tolerant, etc,
you could get more specific recommendations from many DGers.