Suggestions for plantings under a tree
I have a tree in my front yard that has plantings that I do not like. Some weird ivy that grows in beehive mounds and grows up the tree. Some patchy groundcover, some peonies and a three others that might be some sort of coneflower.
I would like to extend the bed and make a more visibly appealing space. However, I don't know what to plant under there.
Eastern exposure, zone 5b. High heat in the summer and variable high humidity until August when it's constantly humid.
Front and one side of the bed gets about four hours of full sun. The other side and back of the bed gets about 8 hours of full sun. Then the whole bed is blocked by the tree and the house.
Any suggestions for plantings? I want to rip the ivy and the patchy groundcover. The peonies are pretty and well-established, they are worth keeping. I'm neutral on the coneflowers as they're small and I haven't seen them flower yet.