Help with a shade garden
I am helping a friend with her shade front bed. We made the bed curvy and bigger than the narrow linear bed it was to begin with. We also tilled and added compost. This bed only gets about two hours of early morning sun and remains shaded for the rest of the day. In addition she has an apple tree planted in her front yard which is located to the left and front of this bed about 15 ft away and does add shade to the area as well.
She liked the hydrangeas in my yard so she decided to buy a blushing bride and a Bella Anna but she'd like to acquire some more. She also bought two hostas and a black snakeroot. She also likes the look of ferns and would like to add some to her bed but I don't have much experience with ferns. At the front we planted some impatiens that she had already planted in the spring.
I am looking for ideas on what plants we should use and where to plant them. She likes tidy looking plants and wants pinks, purples and blues. I was thinking of adding some foxglove and hope that they reseed well after.
We also need something tallish for the back corners of the bed but as she has an overhang in that area it cannot exceed 5 ft. Also, I am wondering since the apple tree does frame the house if we really do need something tall there.
Here are pictures of the bed in 9:30 morning sun. I have placed the plants in spots where I think they might look good in but we haven't planted them because we haven't decided yet. Any ideas? (We still have to till the very left corner so that grass clump will be gone soon).